I have finally got the opportunity to participate in a summer event, having been so closely tied to seasonal work for the last 25 years… I have broken free, no longer at the beck and call of the tourist season, and am going to attend my first summer selling event.
This one is organised by Perthshire Creates, and takes place in the lovely Civic Hall at the Tay River end of the High Street, which was refurbished a couple of years ago. It has lots of light and space, which makes for a great venue for a craft and design fair. Many of the In the Garden with Friends exhibitors are participating in this fair, given that so many of my creative friends are actually located in Perthshire!
In the run up to the event, some of us have provided count-down images. Here is todays one made by Bradley Napier Design. My offering is at 4 days to go and features my Mavis sculpture, so if you want to see that, head over to the Perthshire Creates Event on Facebook Page
I will be focussing on my decorative slates which are suitable for outdoors – so think flowers, birds and fish, working my way through a pile of slates that have recently moved house with me, and also a stash of bone china plates (I have been working on a large project which has used the flat centres of dinner plates, leaving me with lots of edging, too good to throw away)
At the Christmas Design Fair 2017
A Selection of Decorative Slates
Other artists from the In the Garden with Friends crew who will be there are:
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.