“Creativity is a drug I cannot live without” ~ Cecil B. DeMille
I have been creative since very young and would of loved to have been able to have gone into further education when I left school but at that time entered the world of employment. I was then a full time mum and had various part-time jobs over the years. The jobs I enjoyed most were the creative ones, Toy Maker, Curtain Maker and Dressmaker, where I created everything from a squeaking mouse to bridesmaid and wedding dresses.
When I purchased the first family computer for my children I knew nothing at all about computers or the internet, I wondered how the computer knew what words and images to display from the internet? This led me to teach myself some html and create my first website. Discovering Photoshop and creating a few graphics for my website was the beginning of my passion for digital design. I enjoy traditional mixed media art and I love how I can use some of my creations within my digital designs. I realised I needed to learn more as I would love a career in the creative industries.
With a little apprehension I returned to studying as a mature student to Fife College and studied NC Graphic Design and New Media. I thoroughly enjoyed this experience and the variety within the course of illustration, typography, poster design, magazine spreads, advertising, corporate design and web design.
I then went on to successfully gain A passes for HNC and HND Visual Communication and was offered a place on the Visual Communication & Media Design degree course at Abertay University. Unfortuantely due to a house move to Aberdeenshire the commute to Uni in Dundee was not really a viable option.
My skills in many of the programmes within Adobe Creative Suite continually grows and I always love to learn something new.
I’m inspired by all that is around me, my family, my creative friends, music, nature, books and even packaging on the supermarket shelf! I’m inspired by the work of Paula Scher, Milton Glaser, David Airy, Jacob Cass to name just a few.
Some of my greatest achievements to date are having my logo design win a competition run by Visit Dunfermline to promote Dunfermline in 2014, which also lead to me designing another logo for Visit Dunfermline for Dunfermline & Edinburgh Ancient Capital - Todays Capital. Another achievement is my animation created in Flash, which tells the story of King Robert the Bruce and The Spider, this is being shown in schools as part of a King Robert the Bruce Show. I have also created another short animation about a specific period in King Robert the Bruce’s life; this is to be part of a larger film featuring animations and actors covering the whole of the kings life which is being released on DVD.
Recently I designed the logo for the new Mary Queen of Scots Festival which was held in Kinross.
I rise to the challenge of finding a design solution to a new brief so if you would like me to design something for you please contact me.
I am continually learning new skills and at present I am studying for a Diploma in Photography.