Nature is my inspiration, especially the intricate details of all things that grow. From moss, fungi and flowers to wonderful trees and the beautiful atmospheric landscape I live in.
I capture both digitally and on film using 35mm, 120, large format and a Pinhole camera. After over 20yrs in photography I am most passionate about film and the traditional silver print and love being in the darkroom. Nature never ceases to amaze me and demand I create, I hope to capture the essence of my subject and hopefully the viewer will see something different.
Jo runs Sunday Workshops focusing on Close Up and Landscape Photography and One to One sessions. Her photographs are exhibited locally and shops stock a range of cards, coasters and notebooks. She offers photo retouching service and film development.
Rachel’s work is largely a record of her observations in many lands over the years, being well travelled, rendered in pen, ink and water colour.
More recently settled in Belgium, she is painting landscapes and portraits on canvas. In any work she strives to illustrate it’s ‘essence’, a nebulous concept based on contemplation of the object under study.
Rachel’s work has two distinct avenues: abstract and figurative. A keen observer of life, she draws fluently and this has been developed through the use of oil pastel studies and a series of landscape paintings. Her abstract work is a celebration of, really, the Indian miniature, of colour and composition.
“I believe that life gives me all I need. All I need to do is look, either outside, or inside, the inspiration is a constant joy.”
I have always been captivated by the infinite possibilities clay offers and the parallels between what we subject it to and our stewardship of the planet.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
Mutual respect between material and maker can result in very beautiful decorative forms, perfectly functioning forms – or indeed both.
I am not a purist in my work and I use many different types of clay and additional materials to achieve the desired result whether I am working on functional, decorative, architectural or sculptural forms.
I studied Ceramics at Glasgow School of Art as a mature student and loved every minute of it.
Allan Craig of Arc Designs learned the art of sculpting copper and pewter at Second City Studios, Glasgow in the late 80s.
For the first few years he produced pieces which were a fusion of traditional Celtic and “Arts and Crafts” styles.
Clock by Allan Craig
Then, for a period of ten years designing and producing, exclusively for Liberty’s of London, a sort of re-interpretation of the traditional “Arts and Crafts” style, a range of mirrors, mantel-clocks and lamp-bases.
From this beginning a new style gradually evolved which is more abstract and contemporary with an organic feel to it.
Diana graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone School of Design, Dundee ’98 – continued to design and make gaining 19 years experience. I work predominately in silver combined with cast resin or slate. I have complete collections as well as work to commission to fulfill the desired design brief.
My work is affordable and very wearable; I like to consider it everyday elegance. The great thing about being a designer/maker is that you can continue to evolve and create new exciting ideas, often getting taken away in your imagination to see what you can create, using different materials often sends you off on a tangent and into an exciting new world! My influences are from the natural world around us, from flora and fauna to beautiful fluid simplistic lines that lend themselves wonderfully to jewellery and wearable pieces. I hope you enjoy my new collection for this exhibition In the Garden with Friends 2017!
Kirsty is a visual artist currently based in Scotland, that works in a range of methods and processes, currently focusing on combining traditional methods of wood-working with a contemporary process of pyrography. For her, making her work interactive is very important – She enjoys seeing audiences engage with the work she has created, which is why she works predominantly with natural materials and bold shapes. These entice the audience, and encourages them to feel the pieces. The burnt in patterns will bring the audience in closer, allowing the viewer to have a more personal experience.
Within her practice she has gained huge amounts of experience in conducting herself in large events and exhibitions whilst working in a variety of ways with the community. She has personally run workshops and done demonstrations with a variety of places and with people of all ages. She has two main lines of work outside her art practice; wood turning line ‘Primitive’ and scrap metal jewellery line ‘Relics’
Primal is a new line of wooden sculptural works produced by artist Kirsty Dalton. They are based on traditional methods of hand carving and working in a primitive nature focusing on bold shapes with burnt in detail; which has all been done free hand. Kirsty Dalton’s work took a purely instinctive approach to creating this new line of work.
Kirsty worked in association with Dundee city council forestry section who donated the wood to go towards a bigger project of new sculptural works, some of which have been donated to Camperdown Park Dundee.
The wood used to create these works was ethical and locally sourced within Scotland. It was important to the artist for the wood to be sourced in an ethical way when working on it in such a large scale.