I used my diagnosis to inspire my designs
KIRSTY STEVENS Textile and jewellery designer “I was diagnosed with MS when I was 22 while studying design in Dundee. I took a year out but I soon learned it’s manageable.
“When I returned for my fourth year, I decided to use myself as a project for my degree show.
“I used the shapes created by harmful lesions on my brain, visible on my MRI scans, to create different patterns. I then laser cut these onto acrylic jewellery or screen print onto fabric.
“The idea is to put a positive spin on my diagnosis and raise awareness of MS. The feedback has been amazing and I think my designs allow people to openly ask questions about MS. I hope I can also inspire people with MS and make them feel a little bit proud.
“I have a home studio in Fife where I do all my designs and if I want to laser cut or screen print, I use the Dundee Contemporary Art print studio. I get so excited when I’m driving over from Fife and I see the V&A. It’s stunning. Dundee is a growing design community.”