Gini Dickinson - My creations are eco-friendly and feminist.


Why did you choose to be an artist/designer?

I felt naturally drawn to this path, I have always been creative and I just love art, I love the communicative nature of it and the ability to bring joy to people’s lives.

What medium do you work in?

Painting, jewellery and embroidery.

What's your background, have you always been an artist/designer?

I studied Fine Art and Art History at Goldsmiths university focusing on painting, afterwards I taught myself embroidery and setup the business, incorporating jewellery a while later.

How has your practice changed over time?

Having started with painting and picked up jewellery and embroidery, yes there has been a lot of change but the same themes have run throughout. From University where I began painting the naked form a lot, then connecting that to landscapes, I still use themes of nature and nudity in my new mediums.

What Does Your Art Mean to You? What Does Your Artwork Represent?

My art means my business and my life really, my way of communicating joy to other people. It represents my desire to be more free and comfortable with other people, less shy about our naked bodies, and able to celebrate them together and celebrating nature. I can’t imagine ever not creating things, I make community work locally as well, creativity requires learning in my eyes, figuring out specific solutions to things.

How and when did you started creating….?

I started creating when I was a young child, I have never not been drawing, painting, playing, going to an art foundation and then art school was inevitable for me, I was creative throughout school.

How would you describe your creations?

My creations are made with love and care, designed with humour in mind and the desire to bring smiles to people. They are eco-friendly and feminist, sparking conversations and joy.

What inspires you?

The whole world around me. Particularly my island home, Jura, a wild and rugged landscape full of open hearted people. I am inspired by my own body and the beauty of the naked form. I think our bodies our beautiful and should be celebrated, not hidden, I want to help others feel comfortable to talk about their bodies and be free with each other.

Where do you show / sell your art?

I sell on Etsy and in a few shops/galleries around Scotland. I am soon to setup my own mobile shop on the island as well.


Do you think art can have an impact in the local community?

Yes, very much so. I am part of an artist's collective whose intention is to create art for the local community. I also think art forms communities by giving a shared experience of wanting to create.

Who are your biggest influences?

Bridget riley is my favourite painter, I adore her visuals and her theories surrounding light and perception. Locally my biggest influencer is my fellow creative pal Amy, found @amyfinds who shares my love for nature, the environment and bringing joy to people.

Which current art do you think is having an impact in the world right now?

From what I see local community art is having a big impact where it is being created, I think the biggest impact you can make is to your local group, so although the whole world might not see it, the amount of small projects making big differences is most impactful.


What difference has working with SDX made to your business?

I have only been with SDX one month, so far no sales to report but I have gained some new followers, I hope to see a little more with campaigns such as this, and to connect to more people I would not normally find because of my remote location.