I have created a mini series of light boxes that are currently on show in Twenty Eight on St Stephen Street, Stockbridge, Edinburgh.
Twenty Eight is a not-for-profit venture, run collectively by local artists and creatives, each contributing to the overheads and the running of the shop. It is housed at 28 St Stephen Street, in Stockbridge. The Pop-up has been showcasing the talents of local artists and creatives on a two-weekly rotation since June, allowing the shop to have an ever-changing stock base, letting shoppers find something new each time they visit.
My work in on show during Stockfest, a week long festival celebrating the village of Stockbridge in Edinburgh and the surrounding community. The festival involves local traders, community groups, schools & residents. To celebrate the start of Stockfest I am giving away a limited edition print to the visit 50 people who with Twenty Eight on Saturday the 20th September.
The work I have created for Twenty Eight is inspired by “The Golden Hour”. The golden hour is a period shortly after sunrise or before sunset during which daylight is redder, softer and has a magical quality.
I was excited to show this new work created just for Belladrum. The work is titled “Daydream”. It has been created to echo the magical and playful feeling of the Belladrum festival, as if you have stumbled across something special in a woodland clearing. The installation is made up of three life size winged horse lanterns made from willow.
We were based at Glasgow Green throughout the Commonwealth games. Offering different drawing/art activities each day to the public. It was extremely popular and we welcomed approximately 200 people per hour into the space to get involved in our projects.
With a team of great local artists we offered lots of exciting, thoughtful and challenging activities under the guidance of lead artist Katie Fowlie. Here are some of my favourites from the 2 week project.
Visitors created a pigeon with a message on the back and addressed an envelope with their home address. The pigeon post they created will be posted to another random participant and they will have a surprise pigeon message come to them through the post.
I was asked to run some sessions for families with children 2 – 5 years and 5 – 12 years as part of GI. The sessions needed to link in with the current exhibitions – Michael Smith and Bedwyn Collins and allow families to engage with the themes. Both shows had a kind of altered reality with character based/performance. I thought some shadow art would link into the creepy atmospheres and allow the participants to explore character.
I am working with a group of families from Calderside on a photography project. I have designed a series of workshops that are fun and engaging not boring and technical. They are suitable for all age groups. I have named it crafty cameras as the workshops require the group to be very creative and often make something before you take the photographs. I have created a webpage for the project where I will post the results of the workshops. It also contains training info for the workshops and other ideas.
Here are a few favourites from the sessions -
I worked with 3 secondary schools to give the students the taste of life as a public artist. Their task was to create a collaborative artwork for their school.
All projects started with pattern making to create colour and interest to the final artworks.
The results were a totem pole, a revamped bench and planter set and a tiled artwork.
Work in progress – Tiles
Work in progress – Planter
Work in progress – Totem pole
As well as the 3 schools trying out the new public art project I also have 2 schools working on Light Art. They turned up with an amazing spread at the showcase event.
A quick and lovely little project. Working with some residents from Lawview sheltered housing and some students from Clydevalley High. We have worked together to create a tiled artwork to be proud of. The workshops have been very relaxed and enjoyable, every one having a nice chat and getting along great.
We started by learning 2 simple patterns and practicing it on card. Amazing that these were all the same designs just done by different people.
We then worked on our own patterns to create a series of tiles.
Not bad for a group of people with no patterning experience!