Roles and Responsibilities
I am a teaching fellow in Textile Design and Deputy Director of Learning and Teaching within the School of Textiles and Design. Interests include: Woven textile design, Printed textile design, Surface design, Interior Decoration, research linking design with technology for both practical textile design and learning and teaching applications. Key roles also include promoting and facilitating Articulation and International exchange agreements between the School of Textiles and Design and its partner Institutions, as well as authoring distance learning materials for textile and fashion design subject disciplines.
BSc in Textile Design. In 1986, I graduated with high honours from the Philadelphia College of Textiles and Sciences with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Textile Design, with a minor concentration in woven textile design.
PG Certificate in Academic Practice: I continued my education by earning a PG Certificate in Academic Practice in 2005, from Heriot Watt University, and am now a member of the teaching team for the same, within the Educational Development Unit at Heriot Watt University.
I am a member of the Higher Education Academy, the Scottish Borders Exporters Club, Phi Psi (Textile fraternity) and Designers Alliance.
I have established myself internationally as a leading innovator in the design and manufacture of hand painted wallpaper since 1990. As the Creative Director of my own company, Decoupage, I have not only researched unique manufacturing techniques for my designs, but have also developed innovative decorating methods. Taking inspiration from nature, and using environmentally friendly materials, I concentrate my research on creating new surface qualities using combinations of materials traditionally used on textiles. I also enjoy experimenting with decorative techniques used in ceramics and plasterwork in order to arrive at original solutions for the application of substrates on to the wallpaper base. Recently, I have concentrated on the design and technology interface, and have begun to explore the possibility of enhancing the wallpaper surface using electronic and digital materials.
Some key Decoupage projects include:
The Royal Opera, (Budapest)
The Old Course Hotel, (St. Andrews Golf Course)
The Carlton Hotel, (Edinburgh)
Phillip Treacey’s Signature “G” Hotel group (Galway)
Hilton Hotel, (Mauritius, Newbury and Canary Wharf, London)
British Arab Commercial Bank, (London)
Manchester United Football Club (V.I.P. Lounge)
Princess Grace Hospital, ( London)
Marriott Hotel, Speke Airport, (Liverpool)
Intelligent Finance, (Edinburgh).
Other related achievements:
Awarded First Prize for textile design in the J .P. Stevens Inc, competition (1983 ‐woven textile design)
Prize winner for “Best Fashion Design” in the J .P .Stevens Inc., fashion competition (1986)
Designed and project managed build of own show home w/studio featured in “Home Building and Renovating” Magazine, June 2010, the “Sunday Times” magazine and possible feature in BBC1’s 2011 series, “To Build or not to Build”.