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!
I was invited back to this project for a second year. Children from Carnwath and Forth Primary school worked with a storyteller to create stories about their life. I worked with the groups to create images to accompany the stories in a book. We used shadow puppet techniques to create these playful, colourful images.
The project had a very short time frame but I am pleased with the images. Here are some of my favourites -