Hello! I am a Scottish artist, designer and researcher based in Glasgow. My key area of interest is in collaborative projects that explore health, narrative and participation. I have a Masters of Design from Glasgow School of Art. My work encompasses visual arts, illustration, graphic design and delivery in the community. I am an associate service designer and illustrator with the Institute of Research and Innovation (IRISS) where I deliver participatory design workshops, conduct research, support co-design and create visual solutions focused on the world of social care.
I have been looking back over the last year and I was reminded of a fantastic project which I haven't had a chance to share with you all! Last year The Mental Health Foundation began a project looking at the mental health of young people with long term conditions. As part of this project we are ran a series of events which brought young people together to creatively explore the well-being impacts of living with long term conditions and to brainstorm potential solutions to challenges they face.
I was invited along to the event to help creatively co-design with the young people who were involved with the project. I also designed some activity templates and workshop tools to go along with the project- photographed here by Chris O'Sullivan.
The templates supported young people to create fictional characters who are like them- young people with long term conditions. They created these people in detail so we could use the characters to imagine what challenges or problems might be faced by people living with long term conditions and develop potential solutions.
We then went on to make 'cereal box' pitches about our potential solutions- here you can see one in progress!
I work on lots of different kinds of projects and sometimes it can be hard to keep track of what I up to!