Artist living and working in Glasgow.
I have never not made things. In fact it's so important to me I have a reminder tattooed on my hand. Making is how I interact with the world and the people around me.
A lot of my work explores the value or art and the process of making while always aiming to empower others to use their hands to make something.
I also try to make work that de-mystifies and normalises mental illness.
I wish there was a simple, brief explanation. But it was sort of accidental and sort of serendipitous. The short version of events is that I was a penny-less student in need materials. I started to make things using cardboard out of necessity but before long it was my material of choice. I love that it is universally recognisable, it's tactile and a lot more versatile than you'd think. The longer version is that I met some incredible cardboard artists when I was 7 and the experience never left me.
A lot of my work stems from making things as a kid - I will eternally be the child who is fascinated more by the box than what's inside it. One of the first things I made out of cardboard was a den. Well it was really just a box I sat in but at some point I cut windows out.
I think the act of making a den comes naturally to us as children - we are empowered and inspired to create spaces for ourselves. Spaces that were more often than not entirely temporary and that were built from what was at our disposal. They were cosy, dim, comforting and safe spaces, they were sanctuaries.
When did we stop being playful with the spaces and objects around us? Everyone has vivd memories of den building; who they built it with, what it was for, what it was made out of, how long it lasted, the secret passwords you needed to get in. Getting either children or adults to build a den together helps to create a new relationship with an everyday space and the things that are in it, which hopefully inspires a more acute awareness of our surroundings.