I was asked by composer Jerry Randalls to collaborate with him to create some visual to go with his new Laxmi composition.
I created a series of abstract compositions called Counterpoint in response to repeatedly listening to the Laxmi composition. I used gestural marks and movement with the brushes to create colourful textural marks in watercolour. The individual pieces were sliced and re-composed to create new compositions of juxtaposing colour and pattern. Colours were inspired by the Laxmi Hindu goddess.
If you are interested in any of the pieces for your home or office, please email firstname.lastname@example.org They are all one off watercolour collages ranging from £30 – £45.
Jerry writes “Laxmi (also known as Lakshmi) – for Flute trio, jazz trio and cello
I have fused a jazzy arpeggiated melodic pattern with a 17th century harmonic progression which suggests more than a nod to J S Bach, but is also, as it happens, a staple of the jazz world. The piece concludes with a brief blues break which merges into a classic Baroque final cadence.
Louise has a striking and wholly individual style which resonates with the renaissance of her home town of Dundee as a leading citadel of contemporary creative arts. Her work is always confident, fresh and dynamic – and echoes techniques and principles which also guide my composition technique: line, patterns and sequences, energetic rhythms, tone colour, momentum and structure. I love how she has taken the idea of counterpoint – melody against melody – and applies it to visual art. I couldn’t have imagined a more spectacular exhibition to accompany my music. “
New dementia-friendly art and design projects at three Perthshire
sheltered housing units have been created to help residents find their way
around the complexes while adding new positive character.
Tayside Healthcare Arts Trust (THAT) in partnership with
Perth & Kinross Council has commissioned these creative art and design
solutions at the Carpenter Court and Strathmore Street sheltered housing units
in Perth and at James Court in Pitlochry
Developed using dementia-friendly principles, the artworks
and enhanced design will help make navigation around the buildings easier for
THAT commissioned designer Louise Kirby to hold consultation
workshops with staff and tenants looking at themes and colours that residents responded
well too. Louise then devised different plans, each appropriate to the
individual sites. The concept was to use imagery that was based around the
changing seasons and nature, and reflected the established colour coding system
for each floor of the Carpenter Court and Strathmore Street. Within the third
unit at James Court Pitlochry these designs reflected tenants’ and staffs’ love
of the local animals and landscape and provided positive images that brighten
up the corridor.
Louise said: “I
loved the challenge of using my design skills to improve how tenants find their
way around and across these sheltered housing units. The buildings are very
different in size and layout and so required different solutions, but the
principle is the same. The design elements link and flow with the established colour
coding to provide positive visual markers for people. This has been a great opportunity
to see how my design can help people living in these complexes.”
Perth & Kinross
Council’s Housing and Communities Convener, Councillor Bob Brawn, added: “These
are lovely images and we have been
getting a lot of positive comments about them from both tenants and visitors,
who are really enjoying the colour they’ve brought to the complexes. They are a
great addition to all the units and our tenants and staff are really pleased
with the outcome.”
THAT promotes the
therapeutic value of the arts based programmes to enhance environments, quality
of life, and promote social inclusion by empowering individuals to make an
important contribution to their health and wellbeing.
For more information about the THAT project, please contact Karine Neill Development Officer THAT on 01382 835509 or if you would like to chat to Louise Kirby about enhancing your space contact email@example.com
It’s great to see places starting to open up here in Dundee, we are so lucky to have so many cultural buildings and events on our doorstep. Here is my round up of some of my favourite places if you fancy getting out and about and rediscovering the city again. *I’ve popped links to all the places so you can check for any bookings or restrictions.
15th August – It’s great that Dundee’s Farmers Market is set to start back up monthly, you can pick up local produce from breads, jams to veggies.
20th August – The McManus Galleries is favourite building of mine, stashed full of interesting objects. I love the Stephen Bird ceramic piece it’s worth stopping and having a closer look at it. The David Batchelor sculpture brings a smile to my face with the brightly coloured bottles too. It’s great to see my Dundee Delights illustrated products available to buy again from their shop.
27th August – V&A Dundee I’m so looking forward to seeing the Mary Quant exhibition – as you know I love colour and pattern and my background is in printed textiles! Can’t believe I’ve not been in the building since March, normally I would be in regularly delivering workshops for schools and families.
4th September – Dundee Contemporary Arts It’ll be nice to see Arty the penguin again at Jute Café Bar, I’m sure Arty has been a good guard while the building has been closed. I’ve always loved the DCA for their cinema, beer garden on a sunny day and picking up cool cards and gifts from the shop. You will be able to pick up my Dundee Delights greetings cards, magnets and tea towels here . The galleries will be opening the following week.
If you would like to see the full Dundee Delights collections inspired by Dundee landmarks and foods you can see them here with free postage on all orders. You’ll also spot some new prints inspired by the wildflower growing during lockdown.
Dundee’s location is the best! I love that I can be in the city, on the beach or in the countryside so quickly. I love to get out in the fresh air and be inspired by what I see! Here are some of my top places to walk and explore.
Broughty Ferry Beach is a regular spot for me and Rhubarb the dog. I’m always on the lookout for interesting colours, textures and patterns and Rhubarb is on the lookout for crabs! You can sometimes spot dolphins too if you’re lucky!
Barnhill Rock Garden always looks great with an abundance of textures of plants and flowers. Visocchis is a must for an ice cream and Jessies Kitchen for lunch or coffee and I highly recommend their strawberry tarts! Pretty Fly is great for gifts or treating yourself. You can pick up some of my Dundee Delights products there – prints, tea towels, cards, pins, bags and notepads!
7 Arches walk is part of the Monifieth Path and is great for exploring along the banks of the Dighty. On my walks I’ve spotted deer and love the wildflowers plus listening the the songbirds early in the morning.
Somewhere I’m going to check out is the Spaces for Places in Union Street as it’s now pedestrianised with planters and outdoor seating just next to the penguin sculptures. You can explore some of the streets you don’t normally go down part of the Open Close Trail in the city centre, and you can do it in Stobswell too. I love that this project brings colour and art to the city! My favourite doors are Jen Collins next to Forte cafe on Dura Street and Lindsay Brown owl on a wee lane behind Albert Square.
There are some new murals down near the V&A Dundee of the whales and check out the amazing artwork of Fraser Gray and Martin McGuinnes on the legs of the Tay road bridge. You can read more about it here.
On a clear day The Law is great for 360 degree views of the city, and going uphill really gets those leg muscles going but I do admit I’ve driven up to the top too! Balgay Hill walk up to the observatory (not currently open) is nice and you can go over the blue bridge to the graveyard. I love seeing the highland cows and great views over the river Tay on the Riverside Nature Trail.
As a student I used to spend lots of time drawing the cacti in the glass houses at the Botanical Garden and its a lovely place to wander amongst the range of trees and plants in their outdoor space.
Further afield Crombie County Park is a perfect length of walk amongst the trees around the loch. For me it’s really inspiring and I have lots of photos of things that inspire me from here! Monikie Country Park is great for feeding the ducks (they like peas and seeds instead of bread) and you can pick up an ice cream or coffee from Byzantium Cafe.
Kinshaldy Beach has the great combination of the beach and the woodland area, and check out the Crepe Shack if it’s there too. East Haven beach past Carnoustie has such a picturesque feeling.
For those of you who like the water I’ve seen some really cool pics from people going on the Outdoor Explore trips on the river Tay and Clunie loch.
I’ve always got my camera capturing some inspiration for my designs everything from wildflowers, textures to patterns in the sand. My designs bring into focus the positives to capture a sense of place so it connects people to the local area. You can read more about my design work here.
Recently I’ve been inspired by the wildflowers growing during lockdown and started to add this into my Dundee Cityscape. You can see the full Dundee Delights collections here with free postage on all orders.
During lockdown the simple things in life became even more important to me, from watching the waves in the River Tay to spending time painting for fun on the kitchen table. During this time I created a series of watercolour collages playing with rhythms of stripes with the juxtaposition of colour and pattern inspired by my local surroundings of the River Tay. It’s great what’s on our doorstep here in Dundee.
Prices range from £15 – £25 each, if you would like one for your home or office drop me an email on firstname.lastname@example.org Each one is a one-off original piece, initialled with free delivery. Each one is numbered under the image so please quote that in your email.
When my sales reach £1000 I pledge to buy £200 from another artist to help support others artists through this difficult time. This initiative was set up by Mathew Burrows Studio to support artists who have lost commissions, teaching and gallery work through the Covid-19 pandemic.
If you’re interested in my design commissions or Dundee Delights products you can see more about them here
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many artists have found themselves without work, teaching, technical support, gallery work. Exhibitions and sales have disappeared. In an attempt to help alleviate some of this stress, artists are committing to the ARTIST SUPPORT PLEDGE. Thanks to @matthewburrowstudio who started it. I pledge to buy £200 of art from another artist’s work when my sales reach £1000. . Please email me directly message if you have any questions on the pieces or would like to buy anything. email@example.com
Number 1 – 11 one-off hand screen printed on 16mm birch ply telling the stories of design in Dundee. Number 12 – 15 hand screen printed on paper.
Under one roof 40cm x 40cm £175
Fashion Textiles 40cm x 40cm £175
Hands of X1 24cm x 24cm £60
Hands of X3 24cm x 26cm £60
Precious 40cm x 40cm £175
Sonic 40cm x 40cm £110
Sonic on Pattern 40cm x 40cm £110
Building New Worlds 40cm x 24cm £120
Warp and Weft 40cm x 24cm £75
Tayberry 40cm x 24cm £90
Fleet 40cm x 24cm £74
Precious on Paper 29cm x 31cm £38
Dundee Cake Check 28cm x28cm £42
Dundee Marmalade Pattern 28cm x 28cm £42 – SOLD
Dundee Marmalade in gold 28cm x 28cm £38
Thanks you for looking at my work. If you would like to see more about the work I do, check out my website www.louisekirby.com
Here in Scotland its tradition on Hogmanay (New Years Eve) to give a first foot gift after midnight. Traditionally gifts would be whisky to represent financial prosperity and good cheer, a lump of coal to represent warmth and to keep the fire burning, or a black bun or shortbread to symbolise that the receiving family would not go hungry during the forthcoming year.
Or a Dundee tradition I’ve been hearing about through Lynne Campbell (local folk singer) is the Dundee tradition of dressed herring in paper bonnets and skirts, which is meant to be a good luck charm (not for eating). Never seen it but sounds pretty unusual and cool! A couple of alternative Scottish First Foot Gifts in Dundee would be a Dundee Cake Tea Towel from my Dundee Delights collection of illustrated gift products or some Char Coal cheese from The Cheesery (Broughty Ferry or Exchange Street), which the first all black delicious vintage cheddar cheese with charcoal. Message me on social media or by email of what you like to be gifted as a first foot?
At the bells a Robert Burns song of Auld Lang Syne is often sung (or belted out!) or the bag pipes or some cheesy tunes.
All round Scotland on New Years Day some brave people take part in The Dook, where you go in the freezing water whatever the weather. You’ve got no chance of me doing that but I’ll will be watching The Dook in Broughty Ferry, with all the fun costumes and brave people. More info on it here.
What will you be doing for Hogmanay? Tucked up cosy in bed before the bells of partying the night away. What ever you’re doing enjoy and all the best for 2020!
To help you know where the best Dundee Christmas Markets are, here is my wee guide. Perfect for finding out what’s on in Dundee for picking up something unique for loved ones or treating yourself. Read more about some of the people I’m looking out for at each of these events. First up is….
If you want to feel inspired come along to Wasps Open Studios in Dundee on the 26th & 27th October, home of the artists and designer of Dundee. It’s a sneak peek into the studios were you will see a real variety of creative practices.
I will have my full range of illustrated products called Dundee Delights plus one-off prints, new Christmas card designs and of course a bargain box. If you’ve never been to my studio before you’ll see my love of pattern and it’s a bit chaotic! My Dundee Delights collection is highlighting the great things here in Dundee, everything from the V&A Dundee to Dundee Cakes.
Come along and see designers, makers and artists in their own creative spaces, where you will have a chance to enjoy a chat and even the chance to purchase some items right from where its made!
You’ll find a wide variety of work including textiles, fashion, illustration, printmaking, jewellery, drawing, painting, sculpture and ceramics.
Also, a great way to find out more about our exciting range of events, workshops, and learning opportunities! more info on the Facebook event page
Hello! I’d like to introduce you to Provincial Penguin!
I’m delighted to have painted a penguin on the Maggie’s Penguin Parade. Number 64 on the trail map, next to the 5 penguin sculptures. It’s great to be part of the trail of 80 penguins to find in Dundee and surrounding areas and the money raised is for Maggie’s Dundee. You can find out more about it here.
Provincial Penguin is inspired by the delicious visitors’ offering for tourists visiting the area. Filling its tummy up with local produce such as Dundee marmalade, Dundee cake, strawberries, shortbread, salmon and fresh fish. You may even find something from a hotter climate on it’s tummy inspired by my sponsor. Big thanks to Nandos Dundee for picking my penguin design.
Here’s a few photos of the process of me painting my penguin in The Wellgate, I enjoyed painting along with other artists and designers. Continue reading →