Initially studied drawing and printmaking at Edinburgh College of Art, 1995. Whilst searching for interesting surfaces to print upon, I experimented with paper pulps and became absorbed with the making of and process of hand cast paper. The process underpinned work for my degree and I used richly dyed paper for a series of dynamic printed hangings. Life 'after art school' started in 1996, when I ran a series of paper making workshops for Waverley Care Trust, (those affected by the HIV virus). Since 1997, I have had a studio at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop working with paper pulps to form surfaces to print, collage upon or build new forms. In 2005 I began making some bronze casts of folded paper origami, playing with the notion of transience and permanence; tenuous paper as opposed to the bulk of metal. These opposites reflect in the making process; paper requires much water and metal casting requires fire. Professional teaching has been with Edinburgh College of Art, including printmaking, mixed media, drawing and sketchbook work as well as paper construction.
CV & Education
Qualifications and training
Bronze Casting, Royal Academy, the Worshipful Company of Founders, Piccadilly, London 1995 B.A. Hons Fine Art, Drawing and Printmaking, Edinburgh College of Art/Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh.
Council member of Society of Scottish Artists (2205 - 2208); hanging and arranging and selection committe member current 2015. Committe member Fife Dunfermline Print Workshop 2016
2006 Paper and Tea (Works with paper), Patriothall gallery (WASPS) Ltd
1997 Komodo, Central Library, Edinburgh.
1997 Queens Hall, Edinburgh
1996 Studio One, Edinburgh.
2015 unabridged, The Quay Gallery, Fife.
2015 React-Reflect–Respond, Perth Museum and Art Gallery; The Garden Path, Falkland, Fife; Edinburgh Art Fair; Fire Station, Dunfermline; Workshopshop Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop.
2014 Experience Bronze, Milton Art Gallery, Banchory, Aberdeenshire; In a Jiffy, Meffan Gallery and Institute, Forfar, SSA Professional Members Exhibition
2012 Society of Scottish Artists, Annual Exhibition, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh
2011 Royal Scottish Academy OPEN, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh
2010 Hong Kong Grafic, HKGraficArtsWorshop, Hong Kong Island
2009 A Sense of Place, Patriothall Gallery, Edinburgh; SSA Vision, Vision Building, Dundee; The Royal Scottish Academy, RSA, Edinburgh
2008 Print Silver, Adam Smith Institute, Kirkcaldy Fife
2007 Survey, Royal Scottish Academy, The Mound, Edinburgh; The Royal Scottish Academy Open, RSA, Edinburgh
2006 Street Museum, Paper Art Village Project, Mino City, Japan
2005 Drawn to Making, West Kilbride Community Initiative, Scotland; Magazine - Scottish Contemporary Art, Edinburgh Arts Festival, Edinburgh; Royal Scottish Academy Open, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh
2002 Eastern Edges, Fife,Scotland
2001 Art Now, Gracefield Art Centre, Dumfries; Kunst - Paper Art Village project, Mino Washi Museum, Gifu, Japan; Paper Over The Cracks, Scotland
2000 Connections, Fruitmarket - the gallery bookshop, Edinburgh
1999 Pagemakers, UK
1998 Scottish Spirit, Arthur Ross Gallery, University of Philadelphia, USA
1997 - Cross-Reference, Applied Art and Contemporary Scottish Printmaking 1997 - East/West, Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries
1996 100%, Contemporary Scottish Design; A Sense of Place, Society of Scottish Artists, Smith Institute, Stirling; Islands, Edinburgh Printmakers Workshop, Edinburgh;
1995 Young Blood, Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries; Invited Artist, Society of Scottish Artists Annual Exhibition, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh
2015 Paper Casting Perth Museum and Art Gallery; Mould making/paper casting Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop
2012 Art in a Box, Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop, Edinburgh
2010 sketchbook for portfolio, edinburgh college of art/centre for continuing studies, edinburgh
2008 Mixed Media, Mark Making and Collage, Centre for Continuing Studies, Edinburgh College of Art
2007 Paper making from plants, South West Community Woodland Trust - Taliesin, Castle Douglas
2002 Studio Centre Residency, Vermont Studio Centre, Johnston, Vermont, USA
2001 Japan, Japanese Cultural Affairs, Mino, Japan
Competitions, prizes and awards
2010 Professional Development, Scottish Arts Council Crafts Award, Edinburgh
2007 Friends of The Royal Scottish Academy Award, Friends of the RSA, Edinburgh
2006 Professional Development Award, Scottish Arts Council
2005 Professional Development Award - Bronze Casting, Edinburgh Council eca/esw
Primary 2009 - Arts Activities/workshop leader, The Fruitmarket Gallery
2004 Mixed media - masks, Edinburgh Primary Schools, Edinburgh Zoo
2003 - Indian Scroll Painting, Primary Schools Edinburgh, Ocean Terminal Edinburgh
Secondary 2003, 2009 - Paper construction, Portobello High School, Edinburgh
2003 - Mixed media, Trinity Academy, Edinburgh