“You must offer real, living, beautifully coloured flowers…real flowers springing from your own soul — not even cut flowers. You must offer the flowers of the art that is in you — the symbols of all that is noble, and beautiful, and inspiring. Flowers that will often change a colourless leaf into an established and thoughtful thing.“
— Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Seemliness
I studied at The Glasgow School of Art, graduating in 2001 with a First Class BA (Hons) Design—Visual Communication degree. I make things with materials in my own non-representational idiom and in two and three dimensions, and I make with words. I am excited by surface as a place, and interested in art as holder of empathetic space and the confessional site of the sketchbook. I am also interested in the ekphrastic ability of words to amplify the visual — when words meaningfully occupy the gap in between the seeing and the seen.
Collaboration with other artists, and the opportunity it gives for discussion and communion through creativity, is a method of working that I welcome — friendship as a way of making art.
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Education — Art & Design
BA (Hons) Design—Visual Communication (First Class), The Glasgow School of Art 2001 — The Stairs
Foundation Diploma in Art & Design, Hull College 1997
Cultural Heritage in Conflict: The Legacy of Looted Art, Courtauld Short Course 2024
Education — Other
MPhil Publishing Studies (Distinction), University of Stirling — dissertation Communications Revolutions: The Impact of Printing and the Internet Parallel
PGCE, University of Hull
Awards & Grants
Historical & Critical Studies Prize (School of Design & Craft), The Glasgow School of Art —
extended essay Beyond Surface
Arts & Humanities Research Council (grant)
McGowan Prize, University of Stirling
The Dickinson Prize in Education, University of Hull
Eridge Trust (grants enabling children‘s appreciation of visual art through gallery visits)
Writing for Publication
START & AD Magazine, National Society for Education in Art & Design
Designing, Design & Technology Association