I was lucky to be selected to take part in the coaching with Cultural Enterprise Office with Lynn O'Neill. I really enjoyed the bespoke personal service and allowing myself the time to develop. I was encourage to think BIG, so I wanted to showcase my patterned artworks on a product that would dispel the myth that my artwork was only for scarves. So I started an self initiated project, for my all time favourite car the Land Rover Defender.I think the brand really matched the essence of what I’m about and my love of the great outdoors. I wanted to use my patterned artwork and signature style of delicious colours, patterns, and expressive mark making with a rhythmic flow capturing the essence wilderness of the landscape to create sophisticated, natural and beautiful designs suitable for Land Rover Defender. So I set about creating some hand painted paper designs using imagery of the landscape, fields of pattern and animals. My visualisation was that I see the Land Rover Defenders as something that can go anywhere with no obstacle and I wanted to capture this in my artworks by merging and blending a variety of terrains into one another to give the feeling that Land Rovers can go anywhere, with spontaneous marks the emphasise the thrill, and adventure of the Land Rover Experience through the rugged British countryside. I could imagine my patterned artworks on - exterior bodywork, spare wheel covers, interior upholstery, promotional leaflets, collectable toys, and water bottles to hoods. From there I needed to visualise the artwork on a product, so without getting my hands on the real thing I tried putting my designs on simple line drawings. Here are some of my samples. I searched for the biggest model I could afford and got this lovely toy and set about applying my design idea on the product. I also made a hand printed silk wheel cover too! I loved the little model so took it to the park to do a wee photo shoot. Here are some of the photos from that day. I hope you like my creation; do you imagine driving about with my design on it? I’d love to go on an adventure with Land Rover where I bring the creativity and they bring the wheels!
I have donated a one-off silk scarf from the Sneak + Peek collections for the upcoming Tayside Healthcare Arts Trust (THAT) charity auction taking part in Dundee on 20th November. The scarf donated is a one-off from the Sneak + Peek collection, inspired by pheasants hiding amongst the landscape where I live. There are thousands of pheasants camoflagued in the fields but it's not till you come close that they reveal themselves with their distinctive call warning all the other pheasant friends to look out. To capture the textures of the fields I has used a mono printing technique, this also makes no two scarves the same. The scarf is reversible to allow you to change your look and get two scarves from one! THAT help improve the health and wellbeing of people with a variety of Long Term Conditions. I have previously been involved with them by designing and delivering creative programmes for people recovering from strokes and living with COPD. This work is very rewarding. There will be a range of designer scarves from Donna Wilson, James Donald, Fiona McIntosh, Syrah Jay, Jane Keith and more plus A5 postcards from a range of artists and framed artworks. For more info on the auction please check out their website.
I would like to invite you to the Dundee Wasps Artists Open Studios on Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th October from 12noon - 5pm. My studio wont’ be open this year but I will have a range of Bargain scarves, embroidered bags and digital prints in the Pop Up Shop in studio 308 on level 3, curated by Tea Green Events with a mix of her shop wares and artist and makers artwork. Lots artists from familiar faces to new blood will be taking part in the one building from a wide range of creative practices from - painting, ceramics, illustration, textiles, jewellery, installation, interiors, photography and much more. This year there are Artist Talks, kids drawing wall and a Bear Hunt, so keep your eyes peeled! For full info on what is happening please follow the think http://www.waspsstudios.org.uk/studios-spaces/meadow-mill-studios To keep up to date with what I’m up to you can check out my blog - http://blog.louisekirby.com/ Please spread the word to others you think may be interested!
Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th October 2013, from 12 noon - 5pm I would like to invite you to the Dundee Meadow Mill Wasps Artists Open Studios on Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th October from 12noon - 5pm. My studio will be open with a range of Bargain Boxes with scarves, cards and prints and you can see some of the new things I've been working on! I’m on the 4th floor, in studio 404! (there is a lift!!!). I have the lovely Sooz Gordon sharing my studio who styles funky eclectic interiors, makes Dundee inspired cushions and offers Style Surgeries for others to learn about interior design. Lots artists will be taking part all under the one roof from a wide range of creative practices - painting, ceramics, illustration, textiles, jewellery, installation, interiors, photography and much more. It's a chance to have a look inside the creative spaces. As well as the usual amazing array of artists and makers welcoming you into their place of work, this year we have a programme of FREE events in the Gallery Space on Saturday and Sunday (see below). There will be a cafe and a group show of tenants work in the cafe area and Project 2 on the 4th floor. This year we will have a shop curated by Lovely Things with some of their product alongside work from artists and makers. I will have a selection of things in there too, it's on the 3rd floor, in studio 316. Saturday 19th 12-1pm Creative Writing with author Zoe Venditozzi (maximum of 8 people) 1:30-2pm The Museum and the Whaleback City - Poetry Reading by Andy Jackson. Fife-based poet Andy Jackson reads from his poetry collection The Assassination Museum and also from Whaleback City, the new anthology featuring six centuries of Dundee poetry, of which he is co-editor. Expect quirky, accessible poetry on themes as diverse as Daleks, dancing and conspiracy theories. 3:30-5pm Best Bits of Pecha Kucha Dundee (screening). Sunday 20th 12:30-1:30pm - Meet the Inkers - Vanilla Inkers new intake. 2-5pm TRiGGER : Connectivity @ WASPS 2013 - TRiGGER is holding a participatory drop in afternoon on Sunday 20th October at WASPS Meadowmills Gallery space from 2-5pm. We will be inviting visitors and studio artists to contribute to an informal reflective visual response to WASPS Open Studios weekend. The afternoon is a relaxed and interactive experience with participation welcome from all visitors. (These events will take place in Project 1 on the 4th floor.) Ms Battenberg's Travelling Tea Room will provide a veritable cornucopia of delectable treats. Sit back and relax with some homemade treats and a cuppa. Available throughout the weekend. Come and try on my scarves and enjoy my colourful patterned studio! Come and see the creative talent Dundee has to offer! For a map please link here. Please spread the word to others you think may be interested!
I've moved to the countryside allowing me to be surrounded by my inspiration of Scottish wilderness and thousand of pheasants! After days out exploring the area I would come home with muddy welllies or walking boots, so I decided to make myself a doormat to keep my house nice and clean! Here's some examples of my hand painted doormats. Hand Printed Doormat Indoor use only Helping to keep your home clean Each one unique Material - Coir Mat, PVC backed. Introductory offer of £25, only available for collection from my studio, please email me if you would like one email@example.com I also had a little play with some other silhouettes and patterns I like!
I'm having a giant studio sale. All my scarves will be less than half price. Pop along to me and grab a bargain for yourself or someone special! All my scarves are individually hand printed by myself on silk or wool. Prices from £6. WHEN - Friday 3rd February & Saturday 4th February, from 12noon - 2pm. WHERE - Louise Kirby Studio, 18 Airlie Place, 3rd Floor, Dundee, DD1 4HJ (just off the Perth Road, near the students union) WHY - Save over 50%. Adds a touch of colour to an outfit. Why not! Feel free to spread the word to anyone you think would be interested.
Im looking forward to getting together with my fellow wasp-ettes and other local creatives for the WASPS WINTER POP UP on Friday 2nd December (12noon- 7pm) and Saturday 3rd December (12noon - 5pm). I will have a range of hand printed silk scarves and all my hand printed wool scarves are HALF PRICE and their is a BARGAIN box too, come along and try them on! There will be a range of unusual, original and one-off gifts created by the folk who love what they do. A range of jewellery, ceramics, painting, textiles, printmaking and much more................ Live music, mulled wine and tasty treats too and a chance to blether to the makers and support your local creative business. All the shopping done under one roof at 18 Airlie Place, Dundee, DD1 1HJ (just off the Perth Road, heading up towards the students union) WASPS EXHIBITORS - Cathrine Holtet, Jennifer Robson, Kirsty Doig, Jonathan Hood, Genna Delaney, Nicola Morrison, Two Dolls, Jill Skulina, Louise Kirby, Louise Ritchie, Paola McClure. SPECIAL GUESTS - Patricia Griffin, Fiona Henzie, Christina Hirst, Emma McDermott, Viktoria Begg, Iona Brown, Steven Higginson, Kate Pickering, Ashley McGregor, Cheryl McDermid, Michael Lambert. For more up-to-date info follow the facebook event here
My first export order has gone over the pond and far away... all the way to New York! They have flown to 2 of Anthropologie's stores in New York - the Chelsea Market store and 16th & 5th store. These hand printed scarves are all handmade by me in Scotland; and each scarf is ever so slightly different. It's intensive and very much a labour of love to design and craft my scarves to create the finished product. Here's a wee bit of info on the processes from start to finish: From the mixing of dyes to create delicious pots of colour, I do lots of testing to get the right shades. Hand screen printing each scarf individually using complicated blending techniques and stencils of pheasants. Mono printing the reverse side, gives a very unique hand made quality where each mark is scratched in. Washing the screens, hanging to dry, steaming of silk to fix the dyes, hand washing till any loose dyes are removed (and by this time my fingers have all gone wrinkly), ironing, sewing and adding in the care labels. Then attaching the official Anthropologie labels, felt good! Packaging up and to note the massive amount of paperwork from purchase orders to packaging list then Fed Ex-ing over the pond! It's been a real learning experience working on this project and I'd like to thanks to the whole Anthropologie team that helped me get through all the hoops for exporting. I felt like a very little fish swimming across the Atlantic Ocean or perhaps more apt, a wee Scottish birdie flying across the Atlantic Ocean! My work sits so well with Anthropologie's brand and values; with their ethos of quality, love of pattern, and how they really embrace working with artists and makers. I think this makes them them unique even though they are such a big company. Their unique shopping experience means you just want to spend time in their stores. The beautiful displays are always a feast for your senses; and so many beautiful things mixed with very good styling and visual merchandising. It's great how having created the storefore front for their new Edinburgh store in May (see video), I've since designed a small collection for the Edinburgh store and now scarves for the New York stores. I really hope the ladies of NYC like my scarves, who knows who will be wearing them!
I was really privileged to be invited to the Scottish Parliament to celebrate the artworks created by Scottish pupils, where pupils looked at global citizenship through the visual arts ran by Learning Teaching Scotland. Myself, both primary 7 teachers Mrs Martin and Mrs Jack, head teacher Mrs Davie and 3 pupils Yasmine, Rachel and Caitlyn took the trip through the rain through to Edinburgh to see the exhibition. It was lovely to be there see the textile cushions in the Parliament also the diverse range of interpretation by other schools and to see the interior of the building. I was the lead artist that worked with Fintry Primary School, primary 7 classes to look at - What is child labour? Pupils discussed issues and translated these through a range of textile methods from hand printing using stamping and relief printing, applique, embelishment and blanket stitch to make cushion panels that explored issues of child labour. Sketch books were also on display showing the issues, templates, ideas in progress and test samples. Pupils looked at Article 32 or the United Nations Convention on the rights of the Childs - 'The government should protect children from work that is dangerous, or might harm their health and education' - They explored the links between the textile industry and child labour and what is sold in shops in the UK. The children printed patterned on to the fabric - a metaphor for the comfort we in the West can take for granted as the expense of others' living and working conditions. Learners gained an insight into the lives of working children and this provided them with opportunities to discuss the complexity of child labour. For more information of the exhibition please follow this link LTS It was a delight to also got see the wall hangings of textile artist and researcher Norma Starszakowna - amazing flow of colour, texture and marks!