Sophie Younger BA (Hons) MPhil ACR
Sophie Younger studied conservation in service at Glasgow Museums during the 1990s. Trained as an embroiderer and tapestry weaver with an MPhil in Art History, she became an accredited member of Icon in 2006. Sophie has been self-employed since 1997 when she moved with her young family to live on the Isle of Islay, subsequently setting up a workshop in Perth and Kinross.
Sophie considers it important to support the next generation of conservators through offering work opportunities. Formerly an Icon Scotland committee member, she offers consultation on Heritage sector matters and has published articles on conservation matters in professional journals.
Having recently been awarded an HN Certificate in Construction Management through the University of the Highlands and Islands, Sophie has developed project management skills and understanding of building materials. On her fascinating journey through modern and traditional building methods she has taken a particular interest in the more sustainable, traditional and breathable options. This technical knowledge bolsters the options that she can offer for Care of Collections through improvement to their built environment.
Fiona Watt BA(Hons) MPhil
Fiona specialised in weaving for her BA(Hons) in Textile Design, and has six years of experience working as a designer in the woven textile industry. An interest in heritage saw Fiona convert her textile skills for conservation purposes by gaining an MPhil in Textile Conservation from the University of Glasgow. After graduating in 2015, Fiona started working at YCL and has diverse experience in Remedial and Preventive Conservation, having worked on a variety of projects in the workshop and on-site.