I studied Visual Communication and specialised in Graphic design at Glasgow School of Art 2010. The boundaries typically associated within visual communication are quickly merging, and the notion of being simply a graphic designer is no longer I feel. Technology and design methods are always evolving and this is reflected in contemporary graphic style.
As a designer I aim to fuse traditional and contemporary printing technologies as I believe that the two can be enhanced by one and other. As modern technology encourages speedier and more instant processes, I think it is important not to loose touch with traditional processes that allow thinking to evolve more slowly. I am especially passionate about process and it is this which drives the final outcome of my work. Consequently I produce series of work which encompass subtle variations on a specific theme.
My work often involves collecting and composing, finding and re-using, buying and restyling. I undertake research by way of sticking, folding, photocopying, and manipulating an idea or object in every way imaginable until all possible outcomes have been exhausted! I spend much of my time rummaging in charity shops, rescuing from skips and flicking through magazines, newspapers and books to find inspiration for my work. Whilst heavily influenced by craft, I don’t underestimate the importance of modern technology for developing and finishing work, and use programmes such as Adobe Photoshop and illustrator to transform my designs onto new mediums.
Having learnt the basic principles of commercial upholstery over the last year, I aim to combine these skills with the print designs skills I have to make desirable furnishings for a range of settings. I believe it is important to understand the ‘whole’ process eg, to design textile prints with the understanding of how your finished piece will later be applied.