About Me

Hi, I'm Mairi

After graduating from the Scottish College of Textiles, Galashiels in 1990 with a degree in printed textile design I established my studio and business in Edinburgh.

I begin to incorporate free motion embroidery into my work, this is the technique of drawing freehand with the sewing machine to illustrate an image or design.

Building on my knowledge of garment construction I particularly specialise in historic stay and corsetry based garments.

Inspiration

Looking to nature my work focuses on taking the smallest detail of flora and fauna, then examining how it can be realised in rich colours which catch the light, transforming each piece into a beautiful portable, practical or wearable work of art.

Each one becomes a little treasure reminding the wearer or owner of how precious our wildlife is and how surprising colours can be found in everyday creatures and plants.

I have been an active member of the Scottish making community for many years, and enjoy teaching, outreach as well as producing my own textile arts and crafts.

Running parallel with my embroidery and commissioned work, I offer a specialised range of classes based at my studio in the Edinburgh.

My Studio

My textiles studio for the last 10 years has been at the Drill Hall just off Leith Walk.

A vibrant art centre in a listed building it’s full of amazing creative people.

Contact me for an appointment if you want to come by to discuss a commission.

Buy me a Kofi!

Have you heard of Ko-fi? It’s a patron site where you can support my creative practice by buying me a virtual cup of coffee.
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