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Art News New exhibitions at Frames Gallery, The Nomads Tent, Upright Gallery, Allanbank Arts, Aberfeldy Gallery, Roger Billcliffe Gallery – and much more!
Anatomy of a Painting Boy Bitten by a Lizard (c.1594- 95) by Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571–1610
Art & Travel Baroque, Bruegel and beyond in Antwerp, the city of Rubens
Art Books Read all about it! Fashion in the 1960s…The Story of Scottish Art…Material: Making & the Art of Transformation…Van Eyck: An Optical Revolution…Beethoven graphic novel
Craft & Design Hand-made for you & your home – Textiles, jewellery, ceramics
Photo-Spread Images from The Road Not Taken by Arnaud Montagard
Marketplace Original art & posters for sale!
To all the artists out there!
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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
These cufflinks by Caroline Finlay are from her range of silver and enamel jewellery inspired by the patterns and textures of the shoreline. Each piece is hand-made using traditional techniques combined with experimental ideas and finishes to give a fresh, spontaneous feel. www.carolinefinlay.co.uk
The Two Skies Design jewellery company sources gems only from mines that its own staff are prepared to go down. Other materials include Scottish green marble, which is collected by free-diving to the seabed and Lewisian, sourced from one of the most ancient rocks in the world in the Outer Hebrides. www.twoskiesdesign.com
Using simple sewing techniques, Julia Cunningham designs and makes contemporary, quirky products from scrap fabrics such as tartan, tweed and printed linen locally sourced in the Scottish Borders. The results are simple, sculptural and exciting. www.julia-cunningham.co.uk
Based in Edinburgh’s Coburg House Studios, jeweller Lorna Hewitt can either work closely with a client to create their dream piece of jewellery or remodel clients’ pieces of old gold or platinum jewellery and incorporate them into something more wearable and still in keeping with the sentiment and nostalgia of the original metal. www.lornahewitt.com
In the Raval district a few blocks from the city’s Gothic centre is the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA). Taking up one side of the Plaça dels Àngels (Angels’ Square), the gleaming, white, modern building, with its ground to roof glass facade flooding the interior with light, stands in contrast to the surrounding traditional architecture and narrow streets.
Over 70 artists and makers are taking part in Open Studios Ayrshire, including many new participants. As well as individual studios and galleries, venues include the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum in Alloway, the Maclaurin Galleries in Ayr and Dumfries House in Cumnock.