Mackay was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1966. She graduated from
Glasgow School of Art in 1990 with a BA (Hons) degree in Design.
Since then, she has lived and worked in the Scottish Borders.
richly coloured works combine traditional felting techniques in
a painterly way using merino tops. This organic medium gives her
work extraordinary warmth and texture, and calls for a fine balance
between spontaneity and control.