For many generations, Kirstie’s female relatives on her mothers’ side have been dressmakers, tailors and fashion designers. With such a powerful influence she spent most of her youth designing, stitching, knitting, embroidering and drawing. Her father, a proud Scot, was forced to live in England for 30 years but insisted that every summer holiday of Kirstie’s youth be spent in Scotland.
Kirstie earned her 1st Degree Honours in Embroidery at Manchester Met, and her career has included stints in Melbourne Australia embroidering fashions and fashion accessories, as the development assistant for the Embroiderers Guild at Hampton Court Palace and as a woven textile and wallpaper designer at Glasgow’s Squigee Ltd. which heralded her ‘proper return’ to the Scotland of her youth. But it is her work as a self employed designer that her has given her the license to explore textile development in breathtaking new ways.
“I can still remember my awe at the landscape on my first visit to the staggering West coast - its something that never left me and began my love of the rugged Scottish landscape and nature.” We feel the same way Kirstie.
For the present Thistle & Broom offers one of her two ranges of design - hopefully with her second featuring her embroidery to follow – exquisite, limited edition (of 30 each) jacquard 100% Scottish lambs wool throws woven at a mill Speyside. Her work embodies the Scottish landscape, albeit abstract interpretation of the same, whilst the large scale of the rugs, 190 cm by 140 cm or 74 x 54.5 inches, exclusive of fringe, makes them more like soft canvases.