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Jewellery Tools for a Jewellery School

The clientVanilla Ink

The brief: Create illustrations of specific jewellery tools to represent The Smiddy: A Centre for Excellence for Jewellery and Silversmithing in Banff. The client selected four jewellery tools and requested them illustrated in a traditional media, plus an alternative vector illustration. These brand elements were then used to create a logo, and several marketing materials.

The outcome: The client’s chosen tools were drawn in graphite, and the resulting illustrations were also turned into simplified vectors. The tools were used to create a pattern that can be applied to a succession of marketing materials, and a series of brand guidelines were produced.

Tattie risoprint
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A limited edition risoprint, featuring my biro illustration of Scotland's most popular vegetable - the potato. Shop the print. (Crisps not included.)




A 3D Pancreas and it's composition

The client: Dr Fiona Docherty at the Barbara Davis Centre for Diabetes (BDC)

The brief: Produce two figures: a detailed diagram of an adult human pancreas, noting blood supply and innervation; plus an explanation of the different tissues (endocrine, exocrine and duct) and a close up on an Islet of Langerhans showing the composition of alpha, beta, delta and pp cells with significant blood supply.

The outcome: The client was keen for the figures to be rendered my signature traditional style, so I created the three illustrations with this in mind. We wanted the figures to have a 3D feel too, giving the viewer an idea of how the cells would look in the human body, as opposed to the traditional, flat view through a microscope.

Haggis Card
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This natural history-style greetings card comes from an original biro illustration of Scotland's elusive national treasure - the haggis. Shop cards. 


Intestinal Organoids for Modelling Intestinal Development and Disease

The client: Dr Nicholas Hannan 

The brief: To produce a series of three figures to accompany a review of intestinal organoids, published in the Royal Society's journal Philosophical Transactions B. The figures demonstrated the different tissues present in both the small and large intestine; detailed the factors introduced to an intestinal stem cell to maintain it's multipotency or stemness and how this is measured; and the methods which could be used to harvest stem cells and grow intestinal organoids. 

Figure 1: the structure and cellular composition of the small and large intestine.

Detail: sections of the small and large intestine showing cellular makeup.

The growth factors and molecules introduced, and naturally present, to an intestinal stem cell in order to maintain 'stemness'.

Figure 3: Creating intestinal organoids from a direct intestinal biopsy vs. from induced Pluripotent Stem Cells.

Gross anatomy of human intestines, ink and digital.

Figure 2: detailing the molecules present in an intestinal stem cell (and their concentration) in order to maintain multipotency.

The outcome: Each figure was carefully researched, sketched, and finally hand drawn using ink. The individual elements were scanned, coloured and composited digitally, so that a vibrant colour palette could be used to easily identify the individual cell types. 




Got my tits out for breast cancer research

Breast cancer is the UK’s most common form of cancer. Amazing research is happening, meaning more people are surviving breast cancer than ever before. It’s enough to make you want to celebrate. But hold up - every month there are still nearly 1,000 deaths from breast cancer in the UK. That’s enough to make you want to help.

Together, myself and two other Edinburgh-based artists came to the conclusion it was our time to do just that. Throughout October 2018 (breast cancer awareness month) we hosted Boobzapalooza: a month-long celebration of breasts.

Textile artist Kathleen Moodie, ceramicist-jeweller Beth Lamont and I each created a limited-edition product using boobs as our inspiration. These tits-wild pieces were available to order throughout October 2018, or, in person at the Boobzapalooza Pop Out Pop Up (which was held on Friday 19th October, at Custom Lane in Leith, Edinburgh). There was gin.

40% of every sale from these products was donated to UK charity Breast Cancer Now. We raised a total of £810 for breast cancer research: a MASSIVE thank you to everyone who bought our products and helped us contribute to this amazing cause.

Boobzapalooza was an excitingly successful project that has recently been shortlisted for a Creative Edinburgh Collaboration Award. We’re already making plans for Boobzapalooza 2019 - so watch this space for updates!


The K-Moods Boobble Hat, my Boob Risoprint and the Boob Arc by Beth Lamont.


The client: Lucky Cloud Botanical Skincare

The brief: To produce a short series of detailed botanical illustrations which both complimented the client's existing branding, and belied a selection of the plants used to create the products.

The outcome: Together, the client and I decided that a detailed style of illustration would provide both a nice contrast to the existing punchy branding, and compliment it suitably. We selected a small number of botanicals used in the Lucky Cloud products, and these were produced as stand-alone illustrations that could either be used alone, or collaged together for impact.