where we are just now…

So the jacket is actually finished, Bela my lovely model will be getting her picture taken properly on Tuesday for my ‘hero’ image poster. but here are a few pics about the design and the tech….

dsc_1507 paper pattern.

img_20170225_102259_717 the tech….

dsc_1544_1 not finished yet….



Sample work for Dementia Jacket

Since I try and only use recycled/reused materials etc some of my samples are odd colours or materials. I thought that I would have an attempt at making a homemade dye from beetroot, the results were ok but I definitely want to experiment more.

2017-02-14-15-52-23 Organic Beetroot and Salt

dsc_1511Chopped stalks and all and bring to the boil.

dsc_1517Soak the cloth in hot salt water before submerging in the dye. I left it to soak for 12hrs.


Dementia in Dogs

I always like to turn my Uni briefs into something personal so when we got a live brief from the RSA about wearable intelligence and wellbeing I knew I wanted to do something close to home.

My classmate Ieva mentioned that the brief did not mention a person or human, I thought about working with my dogs.

Cooper has had lots of help problems and I started to look at designing an early warning system. I thought it would run off of his heart beat, however, it would be tricky to decipher what elevated heart rate was from exercise or stress.


He started having acupuncture around the time of this brief and that got me thinking about alternative treatments.

My old dog Rosie had had dementia and we had to put her to sleep when her symptoms became too bad. She would cry all night and she was so confused it was horrible to watch. This made me look at what we as pet parents could do to ease the suffering of our beloved animals.

Dogs with Dementia can get lost in their own home, cry at nothing, have trouble sleeping, trouble with incontinence and they lose a sense of their own body mass.

I started looking into dog dementia, there is not a lot of information out there, no real treatments. But then there is no real treatment for humans either.

Part of the brief was to design with modern technology, most of the app and health trackers I looked at are for people to keep tabs on their dogs from a distance.

I wanted to design something that made pet parent and animal connect. If your dog is confused you comfort it, no?

belaharnesslooking at harness shapes.

dsc_1497My beautiful girl Bela modelling samples.



Ethics in our Hands

Ethics in Jewellery


I recently went to a 2-day ethics symposium held at Dundee University and hosted by DJCAD. Fairtrade only became a thing in the Jewellery industry around 2011, Greg Valerio had been campaigning and investigating much earlier than that. However, it took the industry a while to catch up, no-one really wanted change. And no-one wanted to admit the horrors involved in the mining industry.



However, here we are in 2017 and what has really changed? Fairtrade gold is now available but very little Fairtrade Silver, No Fairtrade base metals (copper, bronze, zinc, iron, etc.)

As a student, I don’t think I can afford to work in Fairtrade, but I don’t think I can afford not to. Does this mean not working in metal?


At the moment I use only recycled silver but this is not good enough. Most silver out there is ‘recycled’ i.e. comes from scrap, but this does nothing to slow down the mining industry. Most silver comes out of the ground as a by-product on the back of base metal mining.

How do we change people’s attitude to jewellery? How do we change people’s attitude to disposable jewellery/fashion?

Ute Decker was one of the other speakers at the symposium and she made a very good point. She makes Fairtrade because she couldn’t not. However, she freely admits that most of her customers don’t care about Fairtrade.


I would bet most people don’t give a second thought to where their jewellery comes from, or where it goes.


If you get the chance, go listen to them talk.