Vote for the Oak

I am delighted to be commissioned by The Woodlands Trust Scotland to help draw attention to an oak tree in Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Park to help it win European Tree of the Year. Continue reading

Xmas Art Fair at Wasps Studios in Dundee

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WASPS STUDIOS XMAS ART FAIR – Saturday 28th November 2015, 12noon to 5pm.

I’d like to invite you to this event Wasps Studios Xmas Art Fair at Meadow Mill in Dundee where you will be able to buy my work.  My stall will have a selection of Festive Cards, everyday greetings cards, bargain box of scarves and hand embroidered tote bags.

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It’s dreich outside but these will brighten up your day

red pudding Louise KirbyHere is some of my festive designs on cards –  tasty Christmas Pudding, well fed Robin and Winter in Dundee. Continue reading

Meadow Mill Open Studios

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I will be taking part in Meadow Mill Open Studios where 35 plus artists, designers and makers open their creative spaces to let you get a behind the scenes look.  Open on 24th & 25th October from 12noon – 5pm on both days.red pudding web

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Wee Wellie Wander

duck webI wanted to share the learning resources I’ve created for Angus Councils Ranger Service to support Teachers and Early Years Practitioners to engage at Crombie Country Park, Forfar Loch and Monikie Country Park.  Packs are designed to engage young children creatively in using the park as a stimulus to looking, exploring, listening, talking, making and doing.  Each packs is a colourful self-led facilitators packs for teachers and EYPs that includes images and descriptors for a variety of rich and creative learning activities using simple tools and natural materials.  The activities are all very open so they can follow the interest of the children and can link lots of areas of the curriculum.

pecking webI created this resource within my time as freelance artist & designer at Angus Council Schools & Learning within the Creative Learning Team and worked in partnership with the Ranger Service.

New packs have been created for Monikie Country Park and Forfar Loch from the success of the pack created for Crombie Country Park.  The Crombie pack was funded by Creative Scotland through the Creative Learning Networks fund.

Crombie tree wrap 2 smallEach pack has been adapted to suit the location with core elements the same but also have additional bespoke activites suited to each site.  I love working at site specific places and responding to the surroundings, coming up with ideas and bouncing ideas with the rangers.  It was great to work with Rangers – Kat Durkan from Monikie and Mhairi Kimmet from Forfar Loch who were so passionate about love of their park and outdoor learning.

monikie monster webForfar Loch additional activities are ‘fabric of the land’, ‘wullie the woodlouse’, ‘wish you  were here’, ‘i see a shape’ and ‘bug eyed’.  Monikie additional activities are ‘countryside clues’, ‘pecking the patterns’, ‘natures perfume’ and ‘monikie monster’.

As a designer I enjoyed illustrating the maps for the new packs at Forfar Loch and Monikie Country Park, I wanted to create something simple and decorative but also practical and informative.

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Myself and the rangers co-facilitate CPD sessions for Angus teachers and EYPs which are very popular with great feedback from previous attendees.  CPD sessions are designed to develop teachers’ skills and confidence to creatively engage young learners in learning outdoors using art, design, and the natural environment.    Once attending the CPD the resources can be booked out at the parks to use with their classes and groups.

 

 

colour spots photo smallI feel that this project really matched my passion for the great outdoors, being playful and creative and love of encouraging learning.  With my own work I’m fascinated with colour, pattern, mark making and I wanted to bring elements of my work came into the park such as I used my bird stencils but instead of using paint as I do in my studio we used bird seeds or breadcrumbs to create pictures that repeat and also can play with symmetry and watching the birds and ducks eat them.

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I highly recommend Crombie Country Park,  Monikie Country Park or Forfar Loch for an explore and  wander.  Also look out for the Giant in the Forest  at Crombie or Monikie!

I feel that being outdoors really inspires me and I don’t pretend that I’m an expert in nature but I used my creative thinking to get ways for people to look, stop, think, question, record what they see through simple activiities.

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Festive Forbes of Kingennie

festive brochure web I’m always inspired in the great outdoors so being asked to create an illustration for Forbes of Kingennie Country Resort Festive Brochure was perfect match for me and my work. 

They wanted to do something different and part of my job is to capture the essence of the place and to bring their vision into reality.
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Peek at the V&A Dundee Hoarding

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Just back back from my holiday so I missed the reveal of the winner of the V&A Dundee Hoarding Design, I was itching to find out as I was in competition against them for the tender.  I drove past to get a peek.  Here’s a few snapshots.

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Well done to  comic illustrator Will Morris and graphic designer David Mackenzie for their ‘adventures in design’ comic idea.  I may not have won but I see it as a positive experience being able to showcase my work to both V&A Dundee and V&A London panel.
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I was delighted to be put forward by a panel, as one of ten designers chosen to tender to design the V&A Dundee hoardings.

With a clear brief, prestigious project, large scale, Dundee links and tight deadline it really got my creative juices flowing. Continue reading

A wee bit of magic in the woods

IMG_5292Last weekend for Easter I created a wee bit of magic in the woods with a trail in the countryside with clues and things to do for my family and friends.  Ending in the woods where I created a giant nest filed with golden bunnies as prizes, blue painted stones round tree trunks and on a tree added some windows, doors and washing line to encourage a bit of imagination.

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Outdoor Art Engagement

Just an update on an outdoor art project with a 3rd Year group from the Prince’s Trust XL Club at Arbroath High School.*Prince’s Trust xl clubs are for young people aged 13 – 19 for developing their skills and confidence for a positive future

I designed and delivered a 6 week creative engagement programme with interior designer Sooz Gordon to work on team building, allowing participants to be expressive and try new techniques and break a few perceptions.  Over the weeks we took art out of the classroom and workshops took place outside.  We creating transient art in the school grounds –  from ground graffiti, yarn bombing, hula hoop structures and mild vandals.  Mild Vandals was inspired by a current international graffiti movement.  Each session was fast paced due to the limited 50 minute lesson time. Continue reading