I went to Drama School (The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama) where I acquired an honours degree in Theatrical Design. The History of Fashion featured highly on my course, as did accuracy and attention to detail in pattern cutting and design. 'The Smart Shop' flourished in the 80's and 90's show-casing a range of my own designs including Couture Bridal Gowns.
I also qualified as a teacher as part of my course and I took a break from the business to travel and taught for a number of years; an experience that helped to develop my creativity and extended my theatrical experience, but I am really happy to have returned to my obsession - Fashion. 'Vintage Smart' makes full use of my talents, qualifications and experience.
Directing productions - made good use of my design skills for both set and period costume design and construction.