I trained as a textile designer, graduating with a woven textiles degree from the Scottish College of Textiles, and then an MA in Textiles from Central St Martins.
At college I used photography to develop design ideas. Starting with a film Minolta SLR and developing my own B&W prints. The skills learned at design college are very useful for photography – composition, how to handle colour, texture, contrast.
A spur of the moment purchase of one of the first consumer digital SLR’s re-ignited my passion for photography following a long break after college. Over the last 15 years, I’ve honed my portraiture, still life and abstract photography skills as a semi-professional sideline.
I’m drawn to strong colours, patterns and textures found in architecture, urban life, lights at night and reflections. I use various in-camera techniques such as multiple exposures to create images and patterns, with further manipulation in Photoshop.
After college, I worked as a project manager for a small design practice which specialised in printed fabric signage systems for museums, galleries and retail. Over the years this company developed into Dimensions Displays which I now own.
A recent premises move allowed me to build a photo studio within the railway arch that Dimensions occupies. This gave me the space to develop my photography further and return to textile design. I recently started making one-off upcycled tables to compliment the textiles designs.
I now divide my time between running Dimensions, portrait and product photography, hiring the studio out to other creatives, and producing my own work.
Images are available as prints, and I’m slowly developing some of them into a range of interior textile designs. My studio is based in Camberwell near Burgess Park and is available to hire with or without me pressing the shutter.