Launched in 2000, I started out as a manufacturer

of hand-made wedding stationery, creating innovative

ranges that doubled as frameable keepsakes. 

As well as my designs getting featured in the national bridal

glossies shown here, I was fortunate enough to become the

recommended stationer at a number of prestigious venues

locally, generating orders via wedding fairs, bridal boutiques

and gift shops in Yarm, Darlington, Durham, York and Leeds,

while shipping to customers worldwide.

I blinked and 20 years zipped by, during which time my work

gradually drifted away from manufacturing towards freelance

illustration and design, a move that happily led to several

image licensing deals, projects in character and merchandise

development, and a publishing contract as a paper engineer.  

These images represent an exciting time in my

career, with numerous business trips to the head

offices of publishing industry giants, and a cheeky

spot of shopping in London after each meeting. Even

now I find it hard to believe I did it all in high heels. 

These days I'm in the jammy

position of day-dreaming up

artworks, captions, and ideas

for others to hopefully enjoy.

Cut from Scottish cloth, I was born

in Teesside and brought up the

traditional Anglo-Scot way in that

I knew the A74(M) like the back of

my hand by the age of 5.

I’m very happily unmarried to my

first boyfriend of nearly 30 years -

a fact not lost on my family and

friends when I started my own

wedding stationery business. 

 

Together we share a house with 2

cats and a garden with a variety of

amazing wildlife. Plus 3 chickens.

Like most people, I fell in love

with art & design at a young age. 

I now own jars of herbs that are

older than Billie Eilish and I’m still

just as besotted with it.

I did my foundation course at Cleveland

College of Art and Design, now known as

the Northern School of Art and Design,

before setting off to do a degree.

I left the University of Lincoln and

Humberside in 1996 with a first class

BA (Hons) Graphic Design and a genuine

appreciation for Netto beans.

The following year I completed my PGCE

(Secondary) Art & Design at the University

of Leeds, studying at the quite beautiful

Bretton Hall, located within the Yorkshire

Sculpture Park.

All set for a life-long career in teaching,

I got a job in PR & Communications. 

After a couple of years, my role involved

organising corporate hospitality functions,

and was nothing short of a dream start to

a glittering future in event management.

Yes, a person would have to be quite

cuckoo to give up such a job in favour of

letting their creative juices run amuck.