I used my di­ag­no­sis to in­spire my de­signs

The Sunday Post (Newcastle) - - NEWS -

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.”

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