“Find your Light and Lead your way.”
I uncover and illuminate beauty and potential that others overlook. An avant-garde adventurer with a passion for the mind and the metaphysical, I am perhaps best professionally termed a ‘Creative Psychologist’. As such, I am a developer of people and maker of personal development materials.
An ally to the atypical, I guide others along new roads in self-acceptance, self-expression and personal enlightenment. I advocate a creative approach for all because I believe we are happiest when living authentically – as our true selves. Much of my work is focussed on ‘transition’ in life and as such, tends to be transformative in experience.
As a social trend spotter and experienced leader, I provoke, motivate and guide others (of all ages) to take action through my original workshops and individual coaching. From entertainers and influencers to entrepreneurs and educators, I deliver insightful methods to elevate their work and find ever-new scope and direction.
My method involves positive risk-taking, honest reflection and conscious self-expression. I can lead this with confidence because I do practice what I preach. I have explored many hidden, alternative and taboo paths, taking risks and often forging new roads for others to safely follow. My portfolio over the past 20 years attests to my diversity as a provocateur of thought, in both art and science. From body positivity through ‘fetish’ fashion and burlesque theatre, to consciousness research through metaphysics, parapsychology and comparative religion.
If you are wishing to begin, or to further leverage your individual dreams and projects, then step forward in to the spotlight. ‘Illumination’ is my middle name. Let me help you ‘find your light’ – so that you can grow in your own truth and ultimately, ‘lead your way’.
What do I do?
- I mentor individuals,
- I deliver group workshops,
- I produce burlesque shows,
- I go on creative adventures ,
- I write and reflect.
What I believe:
♥️ Every body and Every mind is beautiful – and full of potential. By embracing our universe of diversity and exploring our individual quirks, uncertainties and curiosities, we forge a life of celebration, together .
♥️ No-one is truly ‘normal’ because average is a mean illusion (pun!). I for one, am never ‘perfectly presented’ (and never will be) because I am not a finished product.
♥️ Controversy is the drive behind our social evolution. I believe that being curious and provoking open questions is healthy – and also the socially responsible thing to do.
In addition to various academic and professional accolades in psychology, philosophy and mental health, I am a positive risk-taker with a history of successful leadership. From haunted castles and ESP research to nipple tassels and latex fashion, from memento mori to ‘cat yoga’, from revisionist history to gender politics and from enlightenment philosophy to the therapeutic use of snakes in schools… I have worn many lenses finding immense perspective, inspiration and insight to share. Best of all, each adventure has helped me to create new personal development opportunities for others. Here are some examples:
As a serial ‘provocateur’, I’ve been assigned all sorts of monikers and labels such as ‘maverick’, ‘rebel’, ‘queen’, ‘Infamous’ ‘fearless leader’ and ‘eccentric’ and I’ve been called even lesser eloquent things too, especially in being considered one of the pioneers of the burlesque renaissance, but that’s all good, it is a sure sign of having done something meaningful and ultimately ‘disruptive’ to the status quo. As Oscar Wilde put it:
“When the critics disagree, the artist is in accordance with himself.” Oscar Wilde
Some opinion, hearsay and such:
“We cannot comment on any other of her activities…”
BBC Spokesman to Sun Journalist.
“Absolutely fascinating… possibly one of the most intelligent people I’ve ever met in my life.”
Katie Martin, BBC Radio Solent
“..her research, writing and vast knowledge of subject matter, make her an asset to her profession”
Anthony Caulfield, Nightfall Films
“…she is a committed, diligent writer and sparkling storyteller.”
Karen Gregor, Producer – BBC R4
“I entered the class as a sceptic and suspected Kirsty was possibly slightly mad…I actually left suspecting Kirsty was in fact a bit of a genius.”
“Breaking New Ground”
Time Out, London
J Mclean, Founder – EPS Publishing
“Visionary. Her shows are an elegant masquerade of the past and an homage to taste and irony.”
La Repubblica Delle Donne, Italy
“Eccentric, edgy and sensationally witty”
“The Movers & Shakers of the burlesque world”
“The doyenne of feline femininity – that is the ever-so-charming Kittie. As Britannia, she puts her own twist on the pomp and pageantry of the days of Empire, Her Majesty would be proud.”
Henry Northmore, The List
“Kittie is phenomenal as an outrageous swirling, bustled Boudica”
Irene Brown, Edinburgh Guide
“a beautiful opium-addled vision of Britannia”
“A true miracle of mother nature….the sexy pinup doesn’t cease to amaze”
“academic boffin… is no ‘shrink’ing violet”