Something Different for Christmas

I have the joys of participating in the Dunning Christmas Fair, on Sunday 26th November, so only a couple of weeks away now… so my workshop is chaotic, with half-done flowers on slates in anticipation.

Now in it’s 19th year, this display of hand-made work by a curated selection of local artists is one to behold!  the quality of the work improves year on year, with the mix of artists changing a bit each time.  Many of the artists were part of the In the Garden with Friends exhibition, and indeed, there were some that became friends due to participating in the previous Dunning fairs.

The fair will be open 11.30 until 4pm, Sunday 26th November 2017

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Wishing Stone

I really enjoyed this article a) because I like stone things b) because my husband does drystone features c) drystone is just like big mosaic d) cos it is Edinburgh

CED and Me

Sometimes, be it for practical, technical or aesthetic reasons companies, when undertaking upgrading works, decide it’s out with the old and in with the new. If in a decent condition CED will purchase these unwanted and weathered materials for resale. We have reclaimed kerb, setts, walling and paving in stock at Castlecary Depot, and it might not be often but every once in a while we get something really special. This is one of those times.

Behold…….

Our Craigleith sandstone stock.

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Fantastic isn’t it.

Ok, it might not look like much but let me tell you why this stone is so special.

Ok so for starters this stone is 350MILLION years old! It dates back to the carboniferous period, a quick search online will tell you more about the planet during this period. I will give you a quick summary, it was was hot, swampy and treey*.

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The sandstone was…

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Popping in Popping Up in Stockbridge (and Patriothall)

For those of you who know me personally, follow my angst about being a ‘real’ artist, and  in an art world where mosaics are deemed ‘craft’, I do have my moments when I like to push the buttons and create Art for Exhibitions.  However, I also think that there is a place for frivolous and affordable ‘art’, that brings joy to someone, be it as a gift or for oneself.

So on Wednesday, I hit both ends of the spectrum.  I kitted out my 1m x 2m section of a wall in a lovely shop in Stockbridge, Edinburgh with a variety of flowers, fish, Om’s and lighthouses…  all small mosaics on recycled slates.

Recycle Me Slates in Popping Up in Stockbridge

and then I helped install the Contemporary Mosaic Exhibition at Patriothall, on Hamilton Place.  My piece is entitled “Paolozzi’s Garden (Imagined)”, and depicts a bright garden (bright like a lot of Paolozzi’s mosaics were) with a sombre sculpture (sombre like a lot of his sculptures were)

Paolozzi's Garden (Imagined)

So from one extreme to another.

Back to Popping up in Stockbridge – what a lovely shop – enticing goodies to buy and really friendly staff, who are makers themselves.  So more at the quality ‘craft’ side of the shopping experience rather than a gallery, Popping up in Stockbridge is rammed to the gunnels with mosaics, lampshades, jewellery, upcycled furniture, cards and notebooks, prints and paintings… a shop with a wide selection to buy those gifts for… not yet ready for the C word!

so a few snaps that I took to show you what I mean!

 

Popping up is on Raeburn Place in Stockbridge – with opening hours 10 – 5.30.  You can find them on Facebook and Instagram.   My mosaics will be there until Wednesday 3rd October

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And at the other end of the spectum, the Contemporary Mosaic Exhibiton is coming along a treat, showcasing work from BAMM (British Association for Modern Mosaic). Opening on Saturday, there are over 40 different pieces of mosaic art.  I am always amazed at how different each persons work is, and what we use to create our mosaics, from traditional mosaic tiles and glass, to broken crockery (that’s me) and stones… all totally different.  And rarely seen together as a collective, so you can compare and contrast.  So two snapshots from Wednesday

 

 

Open from Saturday 23rd, 12 noon until 5pm, at Patriothall, Hamilton Place, Stockbridge

BAMM is a member organisation – visit their website if keen on mosaics

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RE-Blog from Perthshire Open Studios

The Green Route is a long linear route, extending over 46 miles along the A85, from Methven in the East to Crianlarich in the West. The biggest town is Crieff, yet the biggest cluster of Open Studios is in Comrie, highlighting the creative hub that is emerging in West Perthshire. Personally, I think it justifies…

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And Up and Running

Draw breath, enjoy life, and relax

That is what I have been up to in the last week since the exhibition opened to great acclaim. The private view was hoochin’, a great turnout, with about 250 guests (guesstimate), and the carpark over-flowed onto the country lanes…

So to share some images of the exhibition, before it all kicked off, and my carefully curated room got peppered by red dots, and gaps in the display due to sales.

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The In the Garden with Friends exhibition is evolving as the first week has gone by, with artist’s bringing in ‘top ups’ of work, which I personally think keeps adding interest!

So we are about half-way through the exhibition, and here are some of the comments received so far:

“The exhibition is well worth a visit. So much local talent deserves plenty of attention from far and wide.”

“So much talent under one roof and reasonable prices for unique pieces of art. Loved my visit and my Ceri White purchases 💖🌻

“Went the other day xxfantastic!!”

“great venue and a great selection of talented people”

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