An accountant by profession, now retired, I was introduced to textiles in 2012 when I was encouraged to enter a piece into the Loch Lomond Quilt Show. I earned first prize in 2013 in this show, now sadly defunct, but other successful shows would follow for my work.

I won the contemporary class in the 2016 Scottish Quilting Show in Glasgow. In the summer of 2019, I picked up second prize at the Harrogate Great North Quilt Show with ‘Dundee’, a contemporary representation of the River Tay and the new V&A Museum. This was also one of the many pieces to sell at my first solo exhibition, which took pride of place at the Birnam Arts centre in Perthshire in early 2020.

I am drawn to colour and design, taking inspiration from many sources, including tapestry weavings, modern rug designs and modern art. I aim to let the design and colours of my pieces speak for themselves with stitch less prominent, using it only in a functional way.

I have undertaken various endeavours to extend my horizons, including courses in tapestry weaving, embroidery and other activities to support the continual inspiration that is all around me to develop textile art.

See my latest work at Instagram, along with images of some of the earlier pieces, including the award-winners – just go to: instagram.com/neilmacgillivraytextiles