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
Dear Diary: A celebration of diaries and their digital descendants – Somerset House, London.
My decorative envelopes at the Postal Museum, London.
Solo exhibition of paintings, etchings & ceramics – Crescent Lodge, London.
Group show – L’Amical, Saint Fort-sur-Gironde, France.
Solo exhibition of paintings – Crescent Lodge, London.
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.
Festival banners for Lambeth/Brixton Challenge.
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.
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.
Research & redesign of interior textiles for Charles Doreen Partnership for Vienna Simplon, Orient Express.
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.
Fashion print designs – Indesign. London.
Fashion print designs for Issey Miyake, Japan.
Fashion print designs for Derrick Healey Associates, London
Research for Colombia Pictures & making props for film ‘Duffy’ about artist Hans Bellmer.
1965 – 67
Dennis Lennon Chartered Architects.
Walthamstow College of Art
1965 – 2005
Hornsey College of Art (Middlesex University)
1984 – 87
Hereford College of Art.
Camberwell School of Art.
Wimbledon School of Art.
North East London Polytechnic.
1979 – 84
West Sussex College Of Design.
Ealing School of Art
St Martins School of Art.
Winchester School of Art.
1974 – 87
Royal College of Art.
Chelsea School of Art.