I have a passion for all things creative, but especially seeing other people find their creative potential. Having grown up in Elgin, I chose to return here to help the young people of Moray realise that they can access the fashion/costume creative industry, in spite of being in the North East of Scotland a place often considered remote and far from fashion industry. If I did it, anyone can! So I returned to Elgin in 2011, after a successful career in fashion and costume, to set up NinaHQ and encourage all to get creative. I sew, I knit, I crochet, I paint, I felt… I cant stop!
NinaHQ offers a bespoke design and make clothing commission service, from creating unique wedding dresses to tailored tweed pencil skirts. Alterations are also offered, from simple trouser zip replacement to garment customisation. Classes on offer are sewing, knitting, crochet and craft courses.
Nina invites the best of the best, from all creative fields, from all across Scotland to come and teach at Moray’s leading craft studio. There is something for everyone from the absolute novice to the experienced seamster. NinaHQ also offers team building craft events, baby shower/hen do/fun retirement/birthday craft parties, suitable for all skill levels.
Nina has worked in clothes making and design for over 10 years. With a BSc hons degree in clothing design and manufacture, she has a wide knowledge base from the technical stuff – clothing construction techniques, to the creative stuff – photoshoot styling! On returning to Elgin to establish NinaHQ in 2011, she worked for Johnstons of Elgin designing and making their Upcycled Range along with working in their hand knit department, whilst also teaching Dressmaking leisure courses at UHI. Busy bee!
Before this she worked across the UK in various industry sectors including High Fashion, Bridal-wear, Knitwear, Alternative Fashion, and Film/TV/Music Video/ Theatre Costumes. Name dropping time… whilst in London Nina worked on costumes for many productions and films such as The King’s Speech, Brighton Rock, Hugo, Never Let Me Go, Harry Potter, Bel Ami, The Sorcerers Apprentice, Pirates of the Caribbean… and television shows such as Dr Who, Eastenders, George Gently… the list is long