Most recently I have been working as the Brand Manager / Web Content Developer for Tartan Spirit. To date I have redesigned and built the ecommerce Tartan Spirit website, I create and maintain all online content on our company websites and social media platforms. These include www.tartanspirit.com and www.joyceyoungcollections.co.uk.

I also take care of By Storm's online presence and handle the creative and technical issues that arise. I'm always positive about the challenges of dealing with managing multiple brands on multiple sites, I'm quick to understand and assess the different scenarios that we come across - from handling design decisions, to content creation and management. I've learnt to build and maintain strong client focused relationships through my communication and presentation skills. I'm familiar with working to tight deadlines and delivering up-to date content, keeping track of all sales by updating sales and stock database and coordinating the companies’ attendance at trade fairs.

Recently I secured By Storm’s nomination of ‘Mother’s Designer’ at the VOWS Awards 2013 through a successful social media and marketing strategy, By Storm went on to win the category and pick up the most prestigious of the awards that evening, The Industry Award.

Last year I successfully gained funding to showcase Tartan Spirit in Beijing, China as a part of Scottish Development International’s textiles trade mission. Tartan Spirit was one of 16 specially selected brands chosen to represent Scotland at CHIC Trade Show, Beijing 2013. This was a fantastic (and daunting) oppertunity for me to showcase Tartan Spirit on the other side of the world and to a new market!

 


Upon graduating I took on the role of Research Assistant at The Glasgow School of Art on a project working with Harris Tweed Hebrides. I co-designed and project managed the development of a new range of Harris Tweed that was to show the weavers for Harris Tweed Hebrides the potential of what they could weave. 

Within this role I evaluated key stages, worked to deadlines, researched for inspiration and researched the market. 

The second stage was to create a database of the fabric and develop different patterns and colour-ways using a selection of Harris Tweed yarns. I used industry standard Pointcarre software to simulate the designs as fabric, and then wove the most successful patterns.


I worked as an intern for Sarkar Defence Solutions. During this time I designed a new bespoke concept for a bullet proof vest in response to a specific brief from the Scottish Ambulance Service. I researched the market, client’s requirements, health and safety standards and material availability. I then produced a prototype vest using industrial machines, pattern cutting equipment, Kevlar and bonded the fabric using Sonibond technology.


During my Masters year at The Glasgow School of Art I was the Student Representative Leader for the Campus Relocation Project.
My primary role was to act as the principal point of contact between the Relocation Task Group and the wider student community. It was my responsibility to support the students during the move from the Garnethill Campus to Skypark in Finnieston. The work I undertook within this role involved co-ordinating meetings with the Decant Manager, Head of the Design School and various members of staff and students. I was responsible for presenting at meetings and communicating information to members of the department. Duties also involved contacting relevant members of staff when issues arose, negotiating difficult circumstances, networking and maintaining important relationships during this highly disruptive time. 

I was able to negotiate a reduction in our tuition fees as a result of compensation for the adverse effect the move had on our studies. This was in large part due to my communication skills and professional manner in handling the difficult situation.

During my career and Masters degree I developed a range of skills including Project Management Co-ordination; Creative Thinking; Research and Communication.
I’m also experienced in:

  • Pitching and presenting throughout the design process and out with the studio environment.
  • Research Process from stage 1 to finish.
  • Website Design.
  • Colour Evaluation.
  • Design Solutions.
  • Social Media.
  • Design Skills.
  • Adobe Photoshop.
  • Problem Solving.
  • Adobe InDesign. 
Having to co-ordinate the Masters Promenade Show helped me to develop strategy using social media and gained the show a vast amount of attention. 

Throughout University, peers frequently sought my advice and opinion when challenged with technical problems regarding design process. I was always happy to help, as I enjoy the challenge and felt privileged that they had sought me out. Since graduation I have worked on various commissions, sold products in several boutiques and joined The Glasgow School of Art as a Research Assistant on a Harris Tweed project, I’m currently the Brand Manager of Tartan Spirit and am always keen to expand my skills and knowledge in the creative industries.