I have always been a maker in various disciplines and until recent years was largely self taught; an inheritance from a 'can do' family culture. A change in my work schedule a few years ago allowed me the opportunity to concentrate on and further develop my creative side.
There were few courses offered in my area so I started with a basic grounding at Aberdeen College and carried on to learn traditional kilt making. It is a very satisfying process taking 8 yards of beautiful locally woven tartan and making a personalised kilt that will last a lifetime and beyond. After mastering the craft of kilt making I wanted to develop in a more artistic direction. I experimented with patchwork and quilting and this brought me into a whole new world of techniques. I could see that the boundaries of textile work were limitless and decided to continue developing in this area.
I enrolled with City and Guilds on a 2 year certificate course in stitched textiles and enjoyed it so much that soon after I enrolled for the Diploma which I completed in 2017. It suited me that my tutor was Art based and encouraged me to push all boundaries in exploring and developing different techniques and media.
My theme throughout the Diploma was one 'of the land' and I will continue with it. There is so much still to explore and develop.
Qualifications & Studies
08/09 Certificate in Occasional Wear Design
09/10 Traditional Kilt Making
The Studio, Dumbarton
2012 - 2014 City & Guilds Certificate in Design and Craft - Stitched Textiles (Patchwork and Quilting)
Gillian Cooper Studio, Balfron
2015 - 2017 City and Guilts Level 3 Diploma in Design and Craft - Stitched Textiles (Patchwork and Quilting)
My work is produced using a variety of machines. Predominantly I use a Bernina 1008 mechanical workhorse, Bernina B330 , Bernina 830 fully computerised sewing machine and a Bernina Q24 Long Arm quilting machine.