Growing up in a creative crafty fun Fife household led me to study a foundation art course in Edinburgh then onto clothing and textiles at the Scottish College of Textile in 2002.
I then went on to work in costume for film in London and enjoyed a term with costume and kids in San Francisco, which I loved and encouraged me to get more experience teaching children creatively in the expressive arts fields.
On return from the states I studied with the Rudolf Steiner School on a yearlong teacher training programme where the close links to a child’s development and creativity is at its heart.
I am currently teaching art in primary school and working with adults and young people with Leith School of Art.
With a PGDE in primary education from Moray House in 2007, I began the wonderful journey of art teaching in primary schools in various capacities from PEF funded art workshops in Edinburgh, RCCT time and a wonderful expressive arts team in Clackmannanshire.
In 2010, Leith school of art became my second teaching home where my wealth of knowledge of using art materials with adults in the community and young artists came from.
From 2015, summer school and Easter camps became a part of my workshops with Excel camps at St. George’s school working alongside local galleries and creating exciting themes for each week – students return year after year.
Ceramics, jewellery and textile printing are among some of my spare time pleasures.
The newest addition to my skill set being art therapy, through Queen Margaret University – which is not only fascinating but extremely helpful when working with a huge range of students.