My Designs

I began using Fair Isle designs which at the time were very popular. However, I soon began to look elsewhere for inspiration in producing my own designs.

I didn’t have to look far, with Orkney’s rich and vibrant archaeological history stretching back over thousands of years, and not to mention its beautiful landscape. Visiting the Orkney Museum in Kirkwall, I came across the Westray Stone on display, an ornate spiral carving from a Neolithic stone tomb, which was re-discovered in 1981 at Pierowall Quarry in Westray. This was set to influence one of my very first designs, which is still available today.

The stone has since been returned to Westray, and is now exhibited at the heritage centre in Pierowall.

I became further inspired by various Pictish and Celtic stone carvings found in Scotland, as well as ancient manuscripts, and incorporated these into my own designs.

The Aberlemno Sculptured Stones, a series of 5 standing stones found in the village of Aberlemno, Angus has been a great influence on my work, in particular the Aberlemno 2 stone, found in Aberlemno Kirkyard. The stone features a Celtic cross inscribed with knotwork and keywork designs, the latter which my Pictish Key designs are based on. My Celtic Spiral design is also based on the central spiral of the cross.

Continuing with the Pictish theme I set to work experimenting with Ogham text in my designs. Ogham is an early medieval alphabet used to write Old Irish. This is the earliest known text to be discovered in Orkney, an example of which was found inscribed on a spindle-whorl following an excavation at Buckquoy, Birsay in 1970.