About

I was born in Stirling Scotland. My father studied at Glasgow School of Art and later worked at Alvis Motors in Coventry while my mother was a hairdresser, first in Scotland then Coventry and finally with her own business in Beddgelert and Porthmadog, North Wales.

I went to Saturday morning art classes, then Junior Art School before Coventry College of Art where I graduated in Fine Art and lithography and finally studied printed textiles at the Royal College of Art.

My first job was with Dennis Lennon Architects, designing furnishings and interiors for the QE2 liner as well as for private clients restaurants and hotels. I then freelanced and for many years taught at Hornsey College of Art (later Middlesex University) and other colleges throughout the country.

I stopped teaching in 2006 to concentrate full-time on producing fashion textile collections for Corinne McManus at Atom Designs, selling throughout the world and producing designs to be hand-embroidered for Imogen Sibona of Sibona Decorative Textiles, selling throughout the UK.

In 2009 I gave up working for Atom Designs & Sibona concentrating on my painting and writing.

Painting & writing

2017
Dear Diary: A celebration of diaries and their digital descendants – Somerset House, London.
My decorative envelopes at the Postal Museum, London.
2015
Solo exhibition of paintings, etchings  & ceramics – Crescent Lodge, London.
2014
Group show – L’Amical, Saint Fort-sur-Gironde, France.
2012
Solo exhibition of paintings – Crescent Lodge, London.

Designing                      

1992 – 2009
Drawings & designs for Sibona decorative household textiles. London. Selling to: John Lewis. Libertys, Harrods, Fenwicks, Fortnum & Mason & throughout the UK.
1991 – 2002
Needle punch accessories – Tait & Style, Scotland. Selling to Libertys, Paul Smith, Fenwicks & Harrods, UK. Barney’s & Bergdorf Goodman & Cooper Hewitt Museum USA.
1998 – 2001
Greetings cards, hand-knitted scarves & fabric accessories for Steve Wright, House of Dreams, London.
1998
Festival banners for Lambeth/Brixton Challenge.
1993
Designs with Faith Wilson a knit & print collection for ‘Browns own label’ London
1989 – 2009
Fashion print designs & stitched fabric samples – MC² Studio (now Atom Design Studio), London.
1988 –
Fashion print designs – The Plan, London.
1985 – 90
Fashion print designs – Timney Fowler Studio, London
1984 – 87
Wallpaper designs – Conran
1981 – 83
Monthly fashion reports for Creative Force, USA.
1979
Research & redesign of interior textiles for Charles Doreen Partnership for Vienna Simplon, Orient Express.
1978
Interior furnishings for private house in Bahrain for Peter Grey Architects, London.
1973 – 83
Jenny Frean & Associates (now First Eleven Studio) – Fashion print designs, throughout Europe & USA: Cantoni, Fiorucci Cugnasca, Biagiotti, Bini, Boussac, D.Peclers, Cacharel, Dior, Guarnera,  Hechter, Jenast, Jap, Laroche St Laurent, Beeren, Marty Greene, Appendagez, Blue Ridge Winkler, Pranx, Lowestein, Bronsen.
1972
Fashion print designs – Indesign. London.
1971
Fashion print designs for Issey Miyake, Japan.
1970
Fashion print designs for Derrick Healey Associates, London
1969
Research for Colombia Pictures & making props for film ‘Duffy’ about artist Hans Bellmer.
1965 – 67
Dennis Lennon  Chartered Architects.

Teaching

1968 -74
Walthamstow College of Art
1965 – 2005
Hornsey College of Art (Middlesex University)

Visiting Tutor

1984 – 87
Hereford College of Art.
1983
Camberwell School of Art.
1982
Wimbledon School of Art.
1982
North East London Polytechnic.
1979 – 84
West Sussex College Of Design.
1979
Brighton Polytechnic
1979
Trent Polytechnic.
1979
Ealing School of Art
1976
St Martins School of Art.
1974
Winchester School of Art.
1974 – 87
Royal College of Art.
1970
Chelsea School of Art.

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