“Experimenting with a variety of seaweed species hand harvested, under licence, from beaches close to Edinburgh, Scotland, I use the material as a natural dye and as unique embellishments for my textiles.”
“Lockdown has helped me to slow down and simply forced me to take my time over my ideas. Despite this, it’s been a surprisingly quick year!”
Textile Artist/ Maker
Master of Fine Arts in Textiles
Edinburgh College of Art
“I am an emerging textile artist and maker based in Edinburgh who is inspired by seaweed and its surroundings. Graduating in 2019 with a Master of Fine Arts in Textiles from Edinburgh College of Art, I spent her time exploring the potentials of this marine plant – a highly sustainable resource – and its ability to be a convincing alternative material to use within my practice.
With an inquisitive and explorative approach to my practice, I am driven by material, tactility, sustainability and innovative processes. Experimenting with a variety of seaweed species hand harvested, under licence, from beaches close to Edinburgh, Scotland, I use the material as a natural dye and as unique embellishments for my textiles.
My work looks at seaweed in new and inventive ways, currently showcasing seaweed’s unique position within the luxury textile market for interiors and fashion. I work with a fibre called SeaCell (made up of seaweed and eucalyptus cellulose) to create innovatively constructed textile pieces and fabrics through the use of digital and hand embroidery techniques. I often naturally dye my fabrics before I embellish them with my seaweed sequins and coloured beads. Staying true to my values, I aspire to make beautiful, timeless textiles that evoke a sense of tranquillity, resulting in a treasured piece.
Materials and Techniques
“A variety of seaweed species hand harvested, under licence, from beaches close to Edinburgh which I transform into forms of embellishments and natural dyes.
Kelp for making my kelp sequins and a variety of seaweed species to make my handmade seaweed coloured beads. SeaCell fibre which I turn into fabric using embroidery techniques, SeaCell yarn “
Awards, Exhibitions and News
“I have been selected for an International Contemporary Craft show happening in 2021 (this hasn’t been announced yet, so unfortunately I cannot disclose the name yet).
Shortlisted for The John Byrne Award for Innovation, ‘for presenting a persuasive new idea’ – 2020.
Since graduating, I have set up my Edinburgh based studio where I undertake bespoke commissions for private clients. I am also developing pieces of seaweed-based textile art (wallhangings and framed pieces) and interior accessories for the luxury market, alongside a collaboration with a London based maker/artist who specialises in wearable art.”
“I feel very fortunate that my studio was already set up at home prior to lockdown, enabling me to continue working away comfortably. This period for me has been a time of reflection and product development, whilst also working on a couple of large wall hanging commissions. Lockdown has helped me to slow down and simply forced me to take my time over my ideas. Despite this, it’s been a surprisingly quick year!”
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