Ruth Bailey was born and brought up in Thurso, Caithness. After gaining a postgraduate degree in painting from Edinburgh College of Art she went on to self train as a milliner. She currently works freelance as an artist, costume designer and prop maker for theatre and business. Amongst others, Ruth has carried out work for The Royal Lyceum,The Festival Theatre, The Royal Commonwealth Games, The Metro Centre, Tyneside, Macsween of Edinburgh (giant haggis!) and Muscular Dystrophy U.K. She lives in Edinburgh with her partner, daughter and an axolotl.