My studio is based in the west end of Edinburgh. I produce bespoke wears, which derive from my Scottish heritage; my uncle a weaver in the Hebrides sends me Harris Tweed from his loom in Lewis to my studio in Edinburgh. I combine the hand woven cloth with fabrics from my travels to Nepal incorporating hand dyed Nepali silks, vintage lace and tea dyed tulle to produce handmade captivating collections.

I have a couple of tables; one for pattern drafting, one for sewing. Empty jam jars are filled with bobbins, pins. Old chocolate and biscuit tins full to the brim with buttons. String and pegs create a washing line to hang materials of inspiration from. Images adorn the walls from different ethnic cultures and images from era gone by, historical costume and tear outs from fashion magazines.

I work from my studio full time using a range of different hand sewing techniques and pattern drafting skills. I love to drape fabric round the mannequin creating new forms and silhouettes. My studio is stacked full of Harris Tweed fabrics and a collection of treasures from around the globe.I collect vintage brooches, feathers and buttons to create new pieces to add to my jackets. A collection of shoes, socks for shoots are kept in boxes.

I receive packages through the post from my college Alison Macleod. She works on the Isle of Lewis producing handmade textiles. Her pieces bring new inspiration to the studio. I often have pictures on the wall by twin sister who is an artist which inspires new cloth combinations.


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