Why did you start working in the textiles industry?
Gosh, the word “industry” doesn’t feel like it really relates to me although I do, of course, work in the textile medium. I trained as an artist and designer in the department of “Embroidered and Woven Textiles” at The Glasgow School of Art in the 80s. I feel I stand alone, self-employed. I am a micro-business - for the moment.
Though, in answer to your question, I have always been surrounded by textiles and pattern throughout my life from a very young age. I was inspired by The Glasgow School of Art fashion show at the age of fifteen at which point I turned my attention from drawing and painting to textiles.
What do you think is so special about the industry?
I just love the textile industry in Scotland. Over the years, I have had the opportunity to work with many of the mills and manufacturers. What struck me about the industry are the wonderful characters - the personalities of the people in it. They go “above and beyond” and are prepared to stretch their capabilities to the limit to satisfy some irritating idea which I have brought along - that’s what makes it special for me.
Name one (or more!) Scottish designer/manufacturer that you admire?
You need to believe me when I say - I don’t have any favourites. I have worked with so many, although nowhere near them all, and so I can’t single anyone out. They all bring different talents and specialties to the table and so I admire them all.