COP26 March

In the past protestors at events like this were locked in security cages to prevent them from disrupting the global apathy on environmental issues, or threatening the huge profitability of the oil, gas and motor industries.. In spite of all this, the movement for climate change has grown exponentially.

This year I joined over 100,000 people on the march at the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow. Having quietly lived in an environmentally friendly way for decades, I have finally joined many other activists on this issue.

Scottish Independence Supporters formed one of the blocs on the march

Like many people here in Scotland, I believe that Scotland would be better able to achieve net zero and all its climate obligations as an independent country.

New Domain

In the spirit of renewal and revision prompted by events, I have renamed my Scotland based design business Diverse Design Studio. My new domain is therefore diverse-design.studio

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Sustainability

My sincere condolences go to anyone who has lost loved ones or creative allies during the pandemic. Like many creative people, I have had time to re-evaluate the way I work in the light of the pandemic and the climate crisis.

During a production in 2011, I decided to try using charity shops. I discovered that, if I learned to accept some compromises, I could realise my design ideas cheaply and sustainably this way. Once I was finished, the costumes went back to the charity shops in a satisfyingly circular way. Charity shops give us the perfect opportunity for both ethical purchasing and re-use.

This sustainable method has percolated through my thoughts during lockdown. When I moved into my new flat I set myself the challenge of getting as much as possible from charity shops and share sites. (See above) Many designers are finding new ways to utilise their skills and training. For me sustainable interior design is a logical development of my existing skills, while encompassing my longstanding environmental beliefs.

I am happy to consider a broader remit of design projects in a more bespoke, environmental way. If you would like to discuss a particular project please contact me via the contact form.

Design course reunion

When I was younger, I was lucky enough to be selected for the Motley Theatre Design Course in London, then under the direction of the late Margaret Harris. We were fortunate enough to work on projects with Danny Boyle, Edward Bond, Bill Gaskill and Hayden Griffin.

It was a very special year, and the influence of both the course and the other students has always formed an enduring part of my creative life. Meeting up with my fellow students for a reunion was brilliant, with much conversation and reminiscence.

Motley Group XVIII

Upping Sticks

I have have now moved northwards to beautiful Scotland and I am presently available for design work. If you would like to discuss work, the best ways to contact me are via the contact form on this website or by email.

Arthur's Seat
Arthur’s Seat, Edinburgh

I have updated this site so that you can now find a wider selection from my design portfolio and download my CV. This news section will provide occasional news and chat.

Queensberry House
Queensberry House, Edinburgh

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