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with the ideas and made a few products, things just began to evolve naturally. I showed my work to people I hoped would appreciate it, and their enthusiasm encouraged me to continue and do my first trade fair, which was BCTF in 2010.


You use the ‘finest quality, traditional British fabric’ in your work – tell us why you chose Harris Tweed? A lot of my work references classic British designs so the iconic branding of Harris Tweed fits well and also comes with its own emblem and label. It is also famous for being hand-woven which is also important in my work. And luckily for me, we go for our family holiday to Harris every year, so have been able to build up contacts and friends within the industry.


What inspires you and keeps you motivated? Creatively, seeing wonderful designs around me inspires me, whether at a visit say, to the Geffrye Museum or a


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day trip to a VW Campervan festival. My main motivation is my desire to do what I love for a living. It maybe that it would be less stressful to have a normal job and possibly more lucrative financially, but, though it's a cliché, you only get one life to live so make the most of it.


What are the most rewarding / the most frustrating aspects of your work/business? The most rewarding aspect is definitely getting positive feedback from customers. Knowing that someone likes a piece enough to buy it makes me very proud. The most frustrating aspect is all the organisational


qualities that are


needed but in which I am sadly lacking.


You have just won Scotland’s Trade Fair ‘Best Product’ Award – what is your main goal for the next 6 - 12 months? I am leading 2 workshops at the V&A in November and am hoping to have work in their shop by this time


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