Ingrid studied Tapestry Weaving at Edinburgh College of Art graduating in 1981 with a First Class BA (Hons) and completed a post graduate Diploma the following year. After undertaking several tapestry commissions, artwork took a back seat whilst raising a family and working in the family business. As the years passed, Ingrid became more interested in Botanical art, in particular Botanical Illustration and in 2019 she enrolled in the Diploma course at Royal Botanical Gardens Edinburgh, completing the course in 2021 with Distinction.
Ingrid’s love of drawing and her awareness of the importance of it is fundamental to her practice and learning to paint in watercolour was a new but exciting challenge. Growing up in the Shetland Islands, Ingrid has been influenced by the unique quality of light there and colour has always played an important part in her work both with tapestry weaving and latterly watercolour painting. Her inspiration for botanical subject matter originates with her mother’s love of gardening, growing the tough plants that thrive in fairly harsh conditions.
Ingrid has tapestries in public collections in Shetland, both with the Council and the Shetland Museum and Archives. She has exhibited in Shetland, Edinburgh and internationally and is now based in Edinburgh and Fife. Ingrid has recently begun weaving again having just completed a new tapestry and is looking forward to developing her weaving and painting in tandem, inspired by her love of botanical subject matter.