As a Scotsman born and brought up in Aberdeen, I initially studied Fine Art at Edinburgh College of Art but completed my degree at Gray's School of Art in Aberdeen. Following this, I worked in Arts Development and as a freelance art tutor in Scotland for a few years. A move to England brought about a career change, and I eventually became a primary school teacher with responsibilities for art curriculums.
Now is an inspiring time as I have the wonderful opportunity to devote my energy to creative practises full-time.
Living outside of Scotland has heightened my self-identity and deepened my love of Scottish things: ceilidh-dancing, tartan, kilts, whisky... Inspired by traditional hand-sewing methods, I trained at the Keith Kilt and Textile Centre [the town my father is from and named me after] achieving their SQA customised award in Traditional Kilt making. Creating unique tartan pieces satisfies my desire to create things by hand — a common thread in my life from my studies in painting, ceramics and printmaking to my career in bespoke kiltmaking.
Have a look at some examples of my work and don’t hesitate to contact me if you want something truly unique custom-made.
I am currently based in south Cambridgeshire until the summer of 2018. Thereafter, I will be relocating to Philadelphia, USA.