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ARTIST STATEMENT

 

Having worked in the fashion industry as a designer for high street companies such as River Island, M&S, H&M, Top Shop to name a few, and also as a lecturer at DJCA University of Dundee, for 10 years, latterly I have turned towards my art as my main body of work.

 

The last 9 years I have lived in the Middle East, first in Bahrain and now currently in Dubai. The region itself has thoroughly influenced me, especially through its rich cultural heritage. The women are my main influence, their beauty, resilience and strength, often contrary to how they are perceived in Western society. I love the Abaya, the traditional coat shape that covers the body, which is now a huge element within the fashion industry throughout the world. 

 

After studying at St Martins for my Masters in fashion design, I have kept my fashion background firmly close to my heart, my art I hope reflects the myriad of influences I encounter day to day.

 

Dubai was one of the first places to enter lockdown, after China. It was difficult, but the UAE were strict and were quick to grasp the potentially grave health consequences, and economically too. I follow a lot of uk illustrators on instagram and started to see Ami and then DCC on their feeds, so I just had to have a look! It is so hard to do any type of life drawing here. DCC brought me out of a Covid hole that was beginning to get bigger, it gave me purpose and made me experiment again, the live real time poses were so challenging, but I loved it and still do.

 

Education.

Central St Martins, London. MA in fashion design.

Edinburgh College of Art. BA(hons) fashion design.

 

I have exhibited in the UK, Bahrain, Dubai, Abu Dhabi. My work had been purchased by collectors from around the world.