I grew up on the Isle of Jura, moving to Glasgow to go to Glasgow School of Art where I studied jewellery and silversmithing in 2011. I moved back home when I graduated, with the view to setting up a studio/workshop space that I could continue my practice in.
Three years on, I have moved from my parent's house to a cottage on the island and then into a caravan with my boyfriend, Grant, and our wee spaniel Corra. Studio space is admittedly thin on the ground (as is time) and so my creative pursuits have been put on hold for the time being!
Living within a small island community, it is natural to be part of many things going on locally and "do your bit".
I volunteer with Jura Music Festival, and the Jura Christmas Elves, the local newsletter (Jura Jottings) and I am also part of the Coastguard too.
I love being outdoors, I try to cycle/kayak to work every day and go fishing, hillwalking and beach-combing in any spare time I can find. The shared history within the community, the warmth and care (and excellent sense of humour) that people tend to exude here is so welcoming and physically, the beauty the environment and salt in the air is hard to beat.
However, I do miss going to exhibitions/gigs and sometimes the anonymity of city living. It can also be difficult being so remote from close friends that live off the island.
I would like to see more creative opportunities and have more access to visual art. It would also be great to get more people being active in or attending events/workshops within the community too.