Boyes Botanics are here with all your floral needs! Whilst there are sadly no weddings or events to create floral designs for, I’ve been focusing on dried flowers during lockdown, creating bouquets and DIY kits.
Bang on trend, dried flowers bring a natural finishing touch to your home, making the perfect gift to yourself or a friend! They are very low maintenance and with the right care can last for years and years – I have my Grandmas dried flowers that are still going strong after 20 years, yes the colours are faded but the lagurus has a lovely ombre effect.
Using mostly beautiful British dried flowers and grasses, there are various bouquet designs on the website along with the new DIY dried flower boxes. The boxes are available in two sizes and are full of loose dried stems for you to cut and arrange how you like.
All dried flower goods will arrive in the new hand stamped botanical packaging, which I’m obsessed with! We are offering FREE local Edinburgh doorstep delivery (EH1-EH17 only) and there is a small postage cost for everywhere else.
Do you fancy having a piece published in the newsletter, on our website and on social media about you, your work and/or business? Please do get in touch with Carly if this is the case. She would love to hear from you!!
Pencil & Compressed Charcoal Art Workshop with Lisa Temple-Cox
Friday 26th April, 2-4pm
In the historic surroundings of the Anatomical Museum, University of Edinburgh, explore tones and shading using a range of pencils and compressed charcoal to achieve chiaroscuro effects, particularly when drawing bone or plaster. Artist Lisa Temple-Cox will guide you through the use of these materials to create artworks from the anatomical collections exhibited within the Anatomical Museum. You will also have the chance to explore the collections after the workshop.
In the historic surrounding of the Anatomical Museum, University of Edinburgh, use a range of pens and inks to render line and tone whilst creating artwork from the anatomical collections. Artist Lisa Temple-Cox will guide you through a range of materials including Biro, water-soluble fibre-tips, and drawing quills. You will have the chance to further explore the collections after the workshop.
Open Doors Registration
We are planning a St Margaret’s House Open Day on Saturday 27 April 2019.
Like last year, the spring Open Doors event will take place on just one day. We will invite the public via our communications to St Margaret’s House from 11am till 6pm on Saturday, 27 of April.
You can organise a special taster session of your classes, have a temporary exhibition, or simply open your door while you’re working or meditating or yoga-ing!
We had more than 1000 people pass through the building doors last year and are expecting similar interest this year too. The Open Day is an amazing opportunity to share the creative diversity that defines St Margaret’s House community.
And now you think… “Yes I want take part and open my studio” and we answer “that’s brilliant!”. To sign up and take part in the Open Day please email Irina Stancheva (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 20th of April and let her know your name, studio number and whether you are planning to: help organise the event, open your doors, run a workshop tester etc.
We will distribute fliers, but will not publish a detailed printed programme before the event. Instead, the programme will be shared online the week before the event and a printed version will be available for visitors on the day. Please remember, you MUST have your own Public Liability Insurance (through your A_N membership or similar) and updated risk assessment form by 27th of April.
I’m Rebecca Holloway, a recent graduate from Edinburgh College of Art. I think of my work as various reconstructions of experiences, sightings, and imaginings. As such, it is specific to certain details and thereby acknowledges the selectivity of attention and memory. My approach to painting follows this, by playing with traditional oil painting techniques, exposing and brightening under layers. I use the work to study how singular images can be brought together to provoke a sense of atmosphere and coherent space. Through this, I intend to involve the viewer in acts of introversion and examination, providing a chance to slow down.
Owen Normand is a Scottish contemporary painter who studied at Edinburgh College of Art. His style can be described as expressive realism, where both observation and creativity play key roles. He paints figurative work and still life; the key focus of his work is to explore an awareness of impermanence and an empathy towards the inevitable passing of all things.
Besides running sewing classes and textile workshops, I occasionally manage to find time to create my own textile art. I use a variety of materials and techniques, often incorporating paper, plastics and metals in my embroidery. I fear that ‘Embroidery’ has a very traditional image and I would like to help dispel that image and promote textile art/embroidery as an exciting, contemporary art form.
Check out the Resident’ Directory for more information!
1 February marked the first anniversary of my moving into St Margaret’s House, and four years of Artisan Stitch. Initially painted dark grey, the sixth floor studio is now a bright, inviting and sociable space. The larger room has enabled me to extend my range of creative textile workshops and provide even more sewing classes for adults and children alike. The larger wall space has also enabled me to display more of my textile art and my collection of vintage and antique sewing machines. It’s more like a gallery or mini-museum, than a classroom!