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
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
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.