I am an artist making work which transforms the way in which people experience their immediate surroundings. Following an MA in Textiles at the Royal College of Art I founded MacKay Design Studio to explore the relationship between artwork and architecture. My projects are often overseas and have included a 28 storey high woven chandelier, illuminating garments, light and sound installations, architectural artwork, airport interiors and mountain top beacons. I am also co-director of musson+retallick, a company which specializes in large scale sculptural installations.
My inspiration is primarily found in the geometry of renaissance painting, woven structures and a direct connection to the architecture of the space in which the work is sited. The structure of weaving and the technology of the loom is often the reference from which my artwork derives its form and pattern.
I also work as a design consultant and have close connections to many architectural practices with whom I develop lighting and interior design concepts. Working with students is very important to me and I am a regular lecturer at the Royal College of Art and external examiner for various colleges.