Its festival time again and I am delighted to be back at Belladrum. This time with two colourful installations after the success of the horses last year.
Eyes on you
Inspired by the googley eye craze I created some eye lanterns to give the trees some personality.
This is not a new idea but perfect for this festival, colourful and fun.
MugStock is a new boutique festival of music, performance, food, drink and extraordinary occurrences, set amid the stunning natural surroundings of Mugdock Country Park, just north of Glasgow. I was asked by the festival director to create a colourful art installation for the site. Mugdock park is very near to Strathblane so we thought it would be great to involve the pupils at Strathblane Primary.
Inspired by this (spotted in chang mai) and a previous workshop I delivered in the lyceum theatre.
Work with Strathblane Primary to create lots of jellyfish umbrellas (with eyes this time). Tentacles. These umbrellas will be joined together and strung up to create a magical covered space. Great for hiding from sun or rain.
You can view the umbrellyfishes during the festival Friday 7th – Sunday 9th August, MugDock Country Park, Near Glasgow.
I led primary 4/5 at Riverbank School through a series of fun visual art activities so they could get involved in the community consultation for the new community hub. We covered themes of community, location, design and functionality.
Each piece of this jigsaw represents one person in the community. It shows what is important to them, their families, their interests and hopes for the future. These jigsaw pieces are fitted together to create an overall picture of what is important to Tillydrone community.
Future Tillydrone – a day in the life
The children were asked to time travel into the future and imagine the community hub has already been built.
• They have chosen a location for the hub and drawn what they think it should look like.
• They have imagined a day in their life where they use the hub. They have drawn their journey on that day from home to the hub and all their adventures.
• Smiley faces on the map mark their favourite places
• Exclamation marks show areas that they feel need regeneration.
Transformer rooms – Sharing spaces
We discussed the importance of creating a hub that can be used for lots different functions and by lots of different groups. We designed multifunctional spaces that can transform to suit the needs of all sort of activities.
We had lots of clever ideas
• Tables that fold down for meetings after a fitness class has used the space.
• An animal petting area to help with stress
• Moveable walls to change the space and size of rooms
• Outdoor space with temporary roof in case of rain
• Underground rooms to make the most of the space, cinema club maybe or sports hall
• A welcome person who can tell you everything that is happening in the hub that day
I worked with students from Portland High for 6 weeks.
The school offers day support to young people who need special educational provision ( emotional, behavioral, social difficulties).
To keep the students engaged, inspired and motivated we worked on a different project each session. We tackled various forms of light art with an encouraging yet stress free approach.
Some highlights of the students work –
I am often asked to create workshops to help people engage with a subject in a fun and creative way. This time was was asked by Cycling Scotland to develop my travel planning art sessions, this time for secondary age students.
I designed the sessions so the students could try some different techniques on maps of their local area to make travel planning fun. The students were free to come up with their own ideas and think about how to implement the ideas within their school. The students were having fun and discussing travel planning without realizing it.
Electrical tape tube maps – inspired by the electrical tape drawing we did in Glasgow Green during the common wealth games. Students used tube maps as a reference to create simplified maps of their cycle routes using tape to draw with.
Ideas generated – the activity could be upscaled onto a corridor of the school or painted onto the playground to make a big impact and raise awareness of the safety issues. It could look great with lots of different routes mapped out and would be fun to take part in.
Pin board maps – inspired by pin art, the students used pins and string to map out their routes.
Ideas generated – Again if this was unscaled onto a wall in the school it could make a big impact and make an attractive artwork for the school. Nails could be used instead of pins to make the activity more fun and make the routes more permanent.
Mini stunt bike trails – using finger bikes rolled across ink pads to mark out the safe cycle routes.
Ideas generated – This activity could be made to appeal to secondary age student with a couple of adjustments. A huge map could be used and instead of mini bikes full size bike wheels could be used with paint instead of ink pads.
The students have now been introduced to the basics of travel planning and have some ideas of how to engage people in their local area with the concept through fun and creative activities.
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.