Where are you from and when did you start working in the creative industries?
I am from Maryburgh, a little village near Inverness. I have been studying Fashion design for the past four years and working on projects related to this field since. I have always liked to get creative.
What projects are you currently working on?
Currently I am focused on completing my final year of university – designing and making a 6 outfit collection. I am also involved in some new work with the super fun, 80s luxe inspired, Poolside.fm and just finished a summer internship with Prickly Thistle – who are currently fundraising to build a textile mill in the Highlands.
What is the creative scene like where you are?
When I am studying I am in Galashiels, when I am home I am in Maryburgh – you have probably not heard of either of these places and neither have most people! Apart from fellow students, the opportunities in this area are limited. There are a lot of like minded people around me, which allows great conversation and we inspire each other, however as far as career opportunities, both these small towns are limited. Thankfully I am not too far away from Edinburgh, for a wider creative scene.
What would you say have been your career highlights so far?
Hopefully, my career is just beginning! However, I got the opportunity to study abroad in Philadelphia, where my work was entered into an American Heart Association fashion show and shown in centre Philadelphia. It was great to see something I made on a real model, on a real catwalk and in front of a real audience! I also volunteered at New York Fashion week when I was over there, which was pretty cool. In all of these places, the opportunity to meet creative, like-minded individuals is most rewarding.
We are all about collaboration - do you think this is an important part of creating and if so then how has it changed the way you work?
Collaboration is definitely a great way of growing and improving as a designer. Not only is the work created really interesting and often brings unexpected concepts together; it also tends to bring around more opportunities through sharing contacts.
Who was/is your main influence?
Oo hard question! I think my influences and inspirations continuously change and evolve. I love photographers Petra Collins and Prue Stent. Oh, definitely RuPaul!
3 creators we should be checking out?
Amy Johnston and
Emily Beth Macpherson – all graduates from uni with some really interesting work.
3rd year capsule collection titled 'House of Illusion' challenging perceptions of women.