Prop maker, artist and mentor, based on
I have been self employed for six years, but made and sold things since I was 21. As soon as I got my first sander, there was no stopping me. I am from Helensburgh, down the River Clyde from Glasgow. I moved to Perthshire when my son was one and a half. I brought him up from seven months old on my own. Life has been a challenge but it has made me a strong, determined person. I have absolutely no regrets.
I am studying BA Production Arts and Design at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow. This has been an extraordinary experience for me in so many ways I could not have imagined. The challenges were ones I had not considered and the rewards are much greater than I had anticipated. I am really living my life upside down. Having never found a "job" that I was happy in, I knew I had to find a career in making. I had to wait until my son was settled and on his own safe path. He is now an apprentice fork lift truck engineer and I could not be more proud of him.
I studied Visual Communication in Perth and gained an HND. This was a great grounding for the course I am on now. When I was there I enjoyed it but I found I was making every single thing. I was advised that I could become an illustrator, in more of a 3D way. But I knew I needed adventure and excitement too. I got in touch with a brilliant prop maker in Edinburgh who really inspired me. She was very generous with her time and suggested I study prop making at the Conservatoire. With my never ending steely determination, I got in! They take only three people each year.
I am also a mentor for "The Female Lead" and EMPOWR. Two organisations I am extremely proud to be a part of. Mentoring and helping people is something I am very passionate about. I wish to do more of this and meet people around the world that way.
So now I am on a happy path, it is not easy driving in every day from Perthshire, but my lecturers are very understanding and supportive. I am excited about my future for the first time in ages. There is more to me than "Mum", though that is the most important job of all.