Athens of The North

My time as an art student during the Coronavirus pandemic has been a test of resilience and compromise. Students have transformed their living spaces; bedrooms have become art studios and dining room tables have become print beds. My collection reflects upon being a design student in Edinburgh. I have designed a collection of quilts inspired by adapting and reclaiming space through textiles, a quilt could become a wall-hanging, curtain, or even a room divider. This is especially important for individuals who are working from home in their rented spaces and would like to reclaim and reform their space. 

Digital drawing of Carlton Hill

I have taken a Russian Constructivist approach to design, making use and meaning the main focal point of my pieces. These were the key views of the Constructivists, as leading artists such as El Lissitzky, and Popova thought of themselves as artists with meaning, they turned away from creating art on canvas and devoted their lives to research. One of the central Constructivist ideals was form and function, this is something I have explored in my work through multi-functional quilts. I have applied my research into Constructivism to my surroundings. I have investigated the clash between the many forms of architecture in Edinburgh, particularly looking at areas of education such as Edinburgh University’s central Library and Old College, a famous Brutalist building, and a piece of Enlightenment architecture designed by Playfair respectively. 

Printing techniques

I tried and tested many different print techniques due to the Scottish lock-downs. This is a lino print I did based upon the National Monument on top of Carlton Hill.

Lino print
Enlightenment Edinburgh
Enlightenment Edinburgh
St Mary's Church, Broughton
Argyle House
Skills & Experience
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