Kirsty spent the next decade as a senior designer for fashion label Karen Millen specializing in surface decoration and fabric manipulation, learning in depth the crafts of beading and embroidery whilst spending time in India and China. During this period at the age of 32, Kirsty rediscovered her passion for photography and began a new and deeply emotional connection with the medium throughout the treatment of her mother’s terminal cancer in 2008.
Seven months after her family’s tragic loss, Kirsty immersed herself deeper into photography to help deal with her grief, and in the summer of 2009 embarked on her now revered 6 year series entitled ‘Wonderland’ created in her mothers memory.
As the series grew, it developed a global fan base of over 370,000 followers online, resulting in the photographs achieving a viral status and mass international media coverage around the world. The acclaim for her work and escalating demands of the project led Kirsty to finally leave her fashion career behind at the end of 2011 to commit her future to the completion of the collection and producing the Wonderland book.
The Wonderland series was completed in November 2014, immediately winning 2 International awards. The project has been recognised with features by the BBC News, Vogue Italia, Harper’s Bazaar, The British Journal of Photography, The Royal Society of Photography, The Guardian and The Telegraph newspaper to name just a few. The Wonderland series has been exhibited in gallery and museum shows in London, USA, South Korea, Milan, and Amsterdam.