I am a print and pattern designer specialising in textiles. I studied Printed Textiles at Glasgow School of Art before completing an MA at The Royal College of Art, and for the past 20 years I’ve worked with some of the world’s most prestigious fashion and textile brands.
I began working with quilts as a response to the 2020 lockdown, and was immediately captured by the process – a new medium through which I could combine singular forms and colours into repeating patterns that create rhythm and movement. Most of my quilts are made from plain or minimal fabrics such as shirting stripes; the pattern emerges as I begin to arrange the fabric into repeating units. This has become an integral part of my practice – as the pattern builds up, so does the personality of the quilt.
Pattern and colour, and especially these things in combination, generates a very emotional response in me – I am a magpie who constantly gathers inspiration from the world around me: a tiled floor in a café, a piece of architecture or a renaissance fresco. My process embraces and celebrates the hand-made quality of the pieces I produce; small mismatches of pattern show the hand of the maker. Each quilt is imbued with as much of my spirit as possible.