Why did you choose to be an artist/designer?
I have always been creative and wanted to have a better work balance and reduce my full time hours besides being more eco-conscious. I have been able to achieve this within six months of starting my business and sell my Bwrapz at SDX from April 2019.
What medium do you work in?
Bee wax, Jojoba oil and Pine Resin
What's your background, have you always been an artist/designer?
I was a graphic designer for national newspapers before having a calligraphy business while working in Business Management. I then started tutoring children’s craft works at the City of Art and the Museum of Childhood five years ago and separately now tutoring at the Arienas Collective on how to make your own Bwrapz. Wishing to build on my desire to take a more eco-friendly approach to life, I developed my own sustainable and reusable, fun and bright, food wraps under the name Bwrapz. By combining my design skills with mastering the skill of adding a beeswax cover mix to my cotton collections, the Bwrapz range has become an established brand around Edinburgh.
How has your practice changed over time?
From the beginning and selling at SDX, I had four different cuts and sizes which I have learned to modify and see better buyer results focusing on the Bwrapz packs and How to Make your own Bwrapz kits
How and when did you started creating?
On seeing a wraps and sustainable tv programme, I looked into marketing and researching the product here in Scotland before being self-taught to cook the Beewax, jojoba oil and pine resin and took me several months to master at home in my kitchen.
How would you describe your creations?
I try and choose a selection of eco friendly cottons that are bright and fun with various designs for children and adults alike.
What inspires you?
Taking my Bwrapz to new levels of produce to sell at a larger scale with an opportunity to work with Heriot Watt University Incubator intake in 2021 and work with engineers and production, new sustainable packaging and creating new personalised cotton designs and bags, sustainable coffee cups to franchising How to make Your Own Bwrapz workshops.
Where do you show / sell your art?
I sell at SDX Edinburgh and Downstairs Design Co in Glasgow. I also tutor as well on how to make your own Bwrapz.
Do you think art can have an impact in the local community?
Yes, gentle influence using non plastic items for food is changing people’s habits and making them more aware of the impact plastic/cling film is having. With so much media attention on recycling and plastic waste and climate change, being more sustainable simply by changing user minds and change buying habits is only positive for the future.
Who are your biggest influences?
Michelle Moan, Karen Brady
Which current art do you think is having an impact in the world right now?
What difference has working with SDX made to your business?
I started my Bwrapz business selling first for SDX and has gone from strength to strength to now selling in Glasgow. I sell kits and tutor How to Make Your Own Bwrapz for the Arienas Collective here in Edinburgh.