I am a Scottish designer specialising in printed and dyed textiles. In spring 2019, I spent four months studying in Kyoto, where I learned traditional Japanese textile techniques while gathering research and inspiration for my graduate collection at The Glasgow School of Art. The experience I had in Japan has left a lasting impression on me and has greatly informed my practice as a print designer.

My work captures details found in my surroundings, often when visiting new places. With a focus on hand-drawing, collage and repeat pattern, I create considered print designs with a refined use of colour. I use a combination of traditional and contemporary techniques including digital printing, screen-printing and katazome - a Japanese resist-dyeing method. With an interest in fashion and interiors, I like to produce versatile prints that can be used in both contexts.

In July 2020, I graduated from The Glasgow School of Art with a First Class BA(Hons) in Textile Design and went on to win The Clothworkers' Company's Printed Textile Design Award at New Designers in September. I am now working on my own collection of textile accessories, while looking for work as a print designer.


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