I would like to invite you to the Dundee Design Festival, from Thursday 26th - 28th May in West Ward Works. I was commissioned to create a series of surface patterns to tell a contemporary Dundee design story. All my designs are hand screen printed on wood and dispersed through gallery, can you spot them all? Dundee, the UK’s only UNESCO City of Design is hosting the first Dundee Design Festival from the 25th – 28th May 2016. The theme for the first Dundee Design Festival is “Place. Work. Folk. Design.” through it explores the potential of design to connect the city’s communities and improve our everyday lives. This exhibition weaves together some of the great design stories currently emerging from the city, including new innovations in textiles, games design and design for health and wellbeing. The event is FREE but you need to book tickets - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/dundee-design-festival-tickets-24394298002 There is a real mix of things in the exhibition so it allowed to use my design skills to create images that brought it all together to tell the story, things included: eeGeo 3d mapping, sonic pills, bullet proof vests, fashion + textiles, Hand of X, tools of makers, the changing landscape of the V&A coming. I have used the CMYK colour palette to make references to printing methods. In the image above of Frank Gehry Maggies Centre. Chosen not only as it represents a building designed by world renowned architect but because I believe it evidences how good design changes peoples' lives providing a place of calm, support, nurture and tranquility created within a purposeful space. Externally, I enjoy the shape and movement of the roof which I feel echoes the local landscape. Within the imagery and patterns there are deeper meanings, for instance the colourful pattern is cancer cells, the teacups and books to show support and lavender to give a sense of calm, the sky is a positive sunny yellow patten to show the positivity of space and support. "It's very difficult for people to go through experiences like this, and I wanted to create a building that would be calming and accommodating, and one that would be a fitting tribute to Maggie. I think it's an inviting building, I think people will want to come inside and spend time there, and I really hope that in some small way it might contribute to a sense of rejuvenated vigour for moving forward and living life." Frank Gehry, (October,2003) Let me know what you think of the designs in the show - can you find all 12 of them? Pieces are for sale, please contact me directly for a price list. You can keep up to date with my work on Instagram - kirbyrecipes https://www.instagram.com/kirbyrecipes/ Twitter - Kirbyrecipes https://twitter.com/KirbyRecipes Facebook - LouiseKirbyDesign https://www.facebook.com/LouiseKirbyDesign/
I 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. I 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. Each 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. Forfar 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. 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.
I 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. 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.
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. Continue reading
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.
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.Continue reading