What better way to see one of Scotland’s most beautiful (and accessible) islands than a tour of Arran Open Studios. You can visit the 35 participating artists and makers by hopping aboard the Art Bus available on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Aug 14-17, www.arranopenstudios.com
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Business lawyer Peter Sinclair has taken over the Edinburgh Gallery on Dundas Street. The tasteful refurb includes a Venetian marble effect ceiling. Every inch of wall space seems to burst with colour and movement with works by a wide range of artists, including Pat Douthwaite, David Hockney, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Eduardo Paolozzi, John Bellany and
The Morningside area has a new gallery. After twenty years as an art teacher, owner Sheila Angus has turned to full-time art-making and retailing with Blackbird Studios, which specialises in quality, hand-made, affordable art and craft made in Britain, including paintings, ceramics, jewellery, textiles, prints and mosaics. There is also a programme of craft workshops.
Jeweller Lisa Rothwell-Young and photographer husband Barry Young have moved their Cut the Mustard Gallery in Langholm into expanded premises next door with four times more display space to showcase Barry’s photography and Lisa’s jewellery along with a huge range of work by fellow artists, from printmaking, painting, textiles and glass to ceramics, wood, willow,
Art has woven itself into the fabric of Chicago. Monumental pieces dominate its downtown plazas, some of its finest civic buildings are filled with it, galleries and art centres have helped transform neighbourhoods and tourists visiting its museums are spreading the news of its growing reputation.
Enjoy the beauty of the West Highlands during Artmap Argyll, when over 40 artists’ studios and seven other venues are linked by the Red Dot Trail through some of Scotland’s most impressive landscape. Aug 28-31, www.artmapargyll.co.uk
We have Attila the Hun to thank for Venice. When his rampaging hordes entered Italy in the 5th century AD upon the collapse of the Roman Empire, the good citizens of the northeast plain took refuge on a hundred or so flat, marshy islands out in the lagoon at the edge of the Adriatic Sea.
Eliza Kesuma of Moody Monday produces hand-printed, contemporary wallpaper, fabrics and homeware for residential and commercial interiors, combining traditional screen-printing methods with hand-drawn illustration and computer-manipulated imagery of modern life. www.moodymonday.co.uk
This ‘Adonis’ diamond man’s ring with squared shank and contrasting matt and polished detail by Shirley Paris Jewellery of Larkhall is the result of over 30 years’ experience creating quality, bespoke jewellery for all occasions. www.shirleyparisjewellery.co.uk
Edinburgh-based furniture maker and restorer Dave McIlloney of Edinburgh Fine Furniture trained at the prestigious Chippendale International School of Furniture in Gifford, East Lothian. A second generation cabinet-maker, he says: “I love the individuality of wood – how a distinctive pattern or burr can be made into a feature in a unique piece of furniture.
Since Ireland’s ‘tiger economy’ hit the buffers a few years ago, Dublin’s art world has also suffered. However, this has not dampened the artistic spirit, and Irish artists have continued to produce quality work, resulting in a backlog which galleries are keen to move, often at favourable prices.
Edinburgh-based Vinella & Krupa use oil painting and pyrography (a wood burning technique to etch intricate patterns) to give new life to old furniture with Art Nouveau-inspired illustrations, from Gustav Klimt’s ‘Sleeping lady’ or an Edinburgh landscape on tables to scenes from ‘Alice in Wonderland’ on a chair. They also teach courses on how to
The dynamic interplay between shape and pattern is explored by Lara Scobie in her hand-built and slip-cast vessels, such as her tilted vases (pictured). Lara marks the surfaces with abstract patterns subtly inspired by plants and nature as well as the work of artists such as Miro and Lucien Day. www.larascobie-ceramics.com
Highlands-based knitted textile designer Catherine MacGruer has a range of luxury, double-sided wool blankets inspired by mosaics in Barcelona. Entitled Tiles, the collection features bold patterns and brightly coloured designs in Merino wool, one of the softest wools available, naturally anti-allergenic and fire resistant and a breathable fibre which provides warmth without causing overheating. 150x150cm,
Ken Parsons of Borers-based Spectrawax Lighting makes limited edition Tiffany-style lamps and lampshades using a wax and resin laminate he invented himself which has a virtually indefinite life span. Lit by low longlasting fluorescents which use about 80 per cent less energy than conventional bulbs, these ‘antiques of the future’ glow with an abstract, kaleidoscopic
Jim Whitson of The Blazing Blacksmith in Peebles creates individually designed, hand-forged gates, railings, furniture and sculptural pieces for homes or gardens which are always sympathetic to the setting. A combination of traditional methods and innovative metalworking techniques give shapes a fluidity and grace reminiscent of the natural forms which inspire much of his work.
Richard Kennedy of Bole the Gallery in Argyll creates ornamental pieces using mainly British hardwood from environmentally sound sources and, where available, wind-blown wood and driftwood. He says: “Working with nature rather than against it, flowing line, form and proportion are paramount to my design. Inspired by the simplest of things, the shape of the
Combined skilful saddlery and classic British case and bag making, Mackenzie Leather Goods has developed a timeless look. Owner Simon Harvey Potts started as an apprentice at the company and is now a master of the trade. Each Mackenzie product is hand-made in Edinburgh from the finest Italian leather and may well outlive its owner.
Working in natural fibres, including vintage and some upcycled yarns, Frances Teckkam creates hand-made, wearable fabrics and garments with a personal and contemporary twist. Her designs are influenced by the historical use of patterns around the world to decorate everyday objects and surroundings. www.craftscotland.org/profile/2226/frances-teckkam