Today I’m starting a new project called Drawing Dundee. I am going to draw local products and places in the city and around the city and post every Wednesday on my social networks – so keep your eyes peeled. (starting Wednesday 2nd March) Continue reading
For the whole of January I took part in Fun A Day, where you do something fun everyday in January. Continue reading
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
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
Here’s my new images for next years 2014 Autumn/Winter Hallyburton Collection. All inspired by where I live on a country estate in the heart of Perthshire, Scotland. I’m surrounded by an abundance of inspiration on my doorstep!
I’m continually inspired by the changing seasons and fascinated at the harmonisation of the flora and fauna blending together. You often find me exploring knee deep amongst the grasses and dotted wild flowers, wandering through the woods of dappled trees and patchwork fields – I hope my designs capture the essence my surroundings.
This new Autumn/Winter 2014 Hallyburton Collection uses a palette of greens and a hint of warm chestnut. Some of my artworks include my fascination of pheasants as I follow their footprints around the estate, textured of stacked logs and expressive dotty marks of nature’s elements.
I create sophisticated patterned artworks for your products using my signature style of a lovely organic movement using repetitive marks and textures in delicious colours.
Patterned artworks collections can be licensed or I can be commissioned to create something bespoke for your products.
They are A5, locally printed and blank inside for your own message. Available to buy directly from me, please email me on email@example.com or pop into the DCA shop in Dundee to get them. They are priced £2.45 each.
I will be taking part in the Wasps Artists Christmas Sale on 30th November if you want to get some there, where I will be offering a special offer of 3 for £5.00. For more info on the Artist Christmas Sale please click here.
They artwork has my signature style using rhythmic mark making and merging patterns to represent the creativity happening in Dundee.
Final Flyer for the upcoming Pecha Kucha in Dundee! Thanks to Lyall for the graphics!
A sample below of an earlier edition.I’ve designed the latest flyer for the Pecha Kucha Vol 7. In my illustration I really wanted to capture the creativity going on in Dundee using my signature style. Using pattern to represent the different creatives, cultural organisations and events happening in Dundee that blend and merge together to create such a rich tapestry of the city, using the iconic silhouette of The Law as a backdrop. This event also links into the revealing of which city is to be crowned City of Culture 2017.
I’m a huge fan of Pecha Kucha nights organised by Creative Dundee, they are so inspiring! They’ve always have a great mix of creatives on the line up from people I know to things that I didn’t realise was happening in Dundee and surrounding areas. it’s a great concept, 20 slides and 20 seconds – it’s gives a fast snapshot! I did one back in May 2012, a bit scary standing up in front of 200 people! You can see my one here.
Pecha Kucha Volume 7 will take place on Thursday 21st November at the Bonar Hall in Dundee from 7pm – 10pm. This is a ticketed event and tickets are available from Eventbright please click here.
If you like my artwork is available for licence or I can create something bespoke for you.
I’ve created some Patterned Artworks for my vision of what Dundee will look like when the V&A Dundee is built on the River Tay. In my illustration I really wanted to capture the creativity going on in Dundee using my signature style. Using pattern as a metaphor to show the energy and creativity that weaves, blends and merges together with all the different creative people, cultural organisations and events happening in Dundee.
My Patterned Artworks have a natural flow that echo natures organic ability to sit in harmony to its surroundings and I see the V&A Dundee fitting into Dundees’ changing landscape very well.
This image is digitally printed on wool to create a wall hanging. The Patterned Artworks could be printed on a multitude of products from tea towels, ceramics, cushions, scarves, prints, mugs, notepads… the list is endless! I would love to be commissioned to create Patterned Artworks for the V&A Dundee.
My wall hanging will be on show at the Wasps Artists Open Weekend on the 19th & 20th October outside my studio on level 4, studio 404. You can find out more about the Open Studio weekend on my previous blog.
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.
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).
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 wanted to showcase a different type of work that I do. If I’m not designing my own surface patterns I do some work for Angus Council Education Development Service creating and delivering project for schools.
One of the projects I worked on was Wee Wellie Wander, I worked in partnership with Angus Council Ranger Service at Crombie Country Park to develop a Learning Resource to support teachers and early years practitioners to engage very young children creatively in using the park as a stimulus to looking, exploring, listening, talking, making and doing.
I created a colourful self-led teacher pack includes includes images and descriptors for a variety of rich and creative learning activities using simple tools and natural materials.
I loved doing this project as it really matched my passion for the great outdoors and being playful and creative. It was great coming up with ideas and taking the ideas to final pack where I’ve seen children enjoying taking part and asking interesting questions and seeing their learning and curiosity. I also brought on artist Astrid Leeson to bounce ideas and have a few creative days in the park coming up with ideas. It was great to feel like a big kid and come up with things others would enjoy doing and discovering.
Park Ranger Lisa King was a wonder to work with, as she’s is so passionate about the park, open to ideas, very proactive and practical. I wanted to do some sort of weaving using natural materials, so we chose the best spot and she made a frame by the time I came the next week – you might see it if you’re in the park (look out for the Magic Spot), feel free to add to the natural cloth!
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. I used my bird stencils but instead of using paint as I do in my studio we used bird seeds to create pictures that repeat and also can play with symmetry and watching the birds eat them. I’ve got a fascination with yarn bombing and I love moss growing up trees which I though looked like leg warmers so we decided to get lots of colourful balls of wool and wrap the trees. Other activities include recording markmaking and memory string that allows pupils to collect mementos from their day so they can revisit it.
I highly recommend Crombie Country Park for a wander it’s one of my favourite places.
Pupil quotes from using the Wee Wellie Wander pack
“I liked squashing the plasticine to get bumpy bits from the trees” – P1 pupil
“I made a sun picture, and we made it with seeds and it’s going to feed the birds” – Nursery Pupil
“I liked reading the story in the forest and doing al the actions and noises” – P1 pupil
Teacher quotes from using the Wee Wellie Wander Pack
“the pack was easy to use and the activities were enjoyable – my pupils had a great time and are still talking about it. It allows the children a hands on learning experience in and unfamiliar and exciting environment” – P1 Teacher
“We had great fun and learned lots of new and interesting things and are looking forward to developing our new ideas in our own outdoor area!” – Nursery Practitioner
I have facilitated CPD with Park Ranger Lisa to a range of for Angus teachers and Early Years Practitioners so they can bring their own groups to experience the richness of the park. The pack and resources are now available at Crombie to use (booking is essential through Crombie Country Park) You can also see a copy of the pack here
The project was funded by People Directorate – Arts and Cultural Education Team and Creative Scotland, Creative Learning Networks fund, developed with EDS Project Artist in Residence Louise Kirby.