Creature comforts

Mairi Morton, artist.
Mairi Morton, artist.
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Mairi Morton is not your ordinary vet. For the young professional has drawn on her love of animals and created a new business venture, using her skills as a photographer and her love of textiles.

Mairi – who hails from Melrose, and whose parents are both textile designers, having trained at Heriot-Watt College of Textiles in Galashiels – has launched a new range of products for country homes, boutique hotels and Scottish interiors.

She told The Southern this week: “I’m a small animal vet, but also run a creative photography business alongside my day job. When I was at university in Edinburgh, photography was my way of switching off and escaping the pressures of studying. I would go out to the Pentlands with a pony trekking group and take pictures.

“And because my parents are both textile designers, I was brought up to appreciate colour, texture, pattern and print.

“I’ve always loved art and combining my love for outdoor photography – with a heavy influence from the animal sector – my desire is to produce a fusion of textiles and photography. I would love to work with interior designers from the beginning of a project.”

While interiors is now the focus of Mairi’s creative work, that wasn’t her intention in the beginning.

She explained: “I started out wanting just to take pictures of people’s pets, but it developed into something different after I did an events course in the Lake District.

“I did it over a year, going down at weekends and during holidays, and one of the projects for that was about brand identity. The task was to take a picture and present it differently. I took one of an old tree and presented it on textile, and that gave me the idea for the business.”

Over the last few months, with the help of Business Gateway, Mairi has slowly been developing the business, creating a website and working on raising her brand awareness. And her hard work seems to have paid off.

She told us: “My work, which combines my photographs with Harris Tweed and Abraham Moon fabrics, has been picked up for its unique concept – the Scottish drive and influential colour palette.

“I’m currently talking to a number of restaurant and hotels about exhibiting my work, and have a number of craft and trade fairs on the calendar.

“I’m exhibiting at the Country Living Fair in Glasgow on November 20-23, and will be exhibiting at the Christmas Fair at Scone Palace. The National Trust shop at Kellie Castle, just outside Pittenweem, in Fife, is also stocking my products.”

For more information about Mairi’s work, visit her website