When I was 15, my family had settled in Gibraltar after a 2 year tour of European canals in a 60ft handmade catamaran. I had been back in mainstream school for 2 years, after the experience of being home schooled while traveling, the novelty of conventional education had quickly worn off. When it came time to choose what I wanted to study at A-level, the restrictions were the straw that broke the camels back. After having my passion for drawing well and truly squashed during the GCSE process, I decided I wanted to do Drums and Drama. But I was told that if I took music, I couldn’t specialise in drums, because although it was an option “Nobody has chosen to do that before and I should just take Piano” and “We don’t have a teacher qualified to teach Drama at A-Level”. So I threw my head up and moved to Iceland to live with my Grandmother and go to Kvennaskólinn í Reykjavík where I spent a wonderful 6 months dancing around doing musical theatre and attempting to catch up with the much more advanced levels of Mathematics… I aced English class though.
Unfortunately my new life in Iceland was cut short by the sudden death of my father in Spain, I rushed back to Gibraltar to my mother’s side and became a bit of a homebird, the thought of going off to University was unthinkable! This was where my career began, at the age of 16 I got a job in Image Graphics where I had been a photocopy girl in my summer holidays. I started working in the Design department under the mentorship of Angela, the best boss I’ve ever had, and the best mother too! We enjoyed working as a team, she would sketch the design and I would convert it into graphics. After a year or two of this, we decided to start our own business with my brother, Peter, who had returned from a post university sailing trip across the Atlantic. Between the 3 of us we set up EuropeAxess.
After a couple of years I got swept away to Ireland (full blame for that goes to the Blarney Stone), where I ended up working in the Pre-Press departments of first Bradbury Graphics, the digital printers, and then Print Library, lithographic printers. I learned an awful lot about both printing processes and the time spent de-bugging artwork coming from design houses and designing for print still serves me well to this day.
With experience in both design for print and internet, I took the big step in 2008 to go freelance. The dawn of broadband meant that I was able to once again work with EuropeAxess, remotely from Northern Ireland. This kept me so busy that until the beginning of 2014, I worked nearly exclusively on projects coming to me from Gibraltar.
As EuropeAxess started to wind down with Angela semi retiring, with a little more time on my hands, I started taking on local clients. This brought a whole new level of front end client liaison, working on graphics, web design, animation and design for print. My enthusiasm and transparent approach to pricing meant that I was kept very busy!
Now you know a bit about me and my 23 years of experience, I look forward to hearing all about you and your project.