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Portrait and Resident Artist Danielle Hewlett

As a portrait artist, my work explores concepts of identity. The psychology and behaviour of people and how it shines through the surface of their outward appearance is something that has always enthralled me and is the centre of my work to date. I’m always looking for the essence of subjects, their identity, or at least a part of it. It is an authentic aspect of their being that I’m trying to capture and portray and through that, telling a touching and heartfelt story.

I come from Johannesburg, South Africa where there is a board spectrum of people from various backgrounds in life. Many artworks are portraying the stark contrasts to the western first worlds and the hardships faced in South Africa. I prefer to highlight the more subtle aspects of emotion and mind that are much closer to home for all of us around the world. I have a strong attraction towards topics of women and their careers, especially in art, but really, I just love people. I use real-life subjects as much as possible and work with whatever comes through.

I’ve recently moved to Edinburgh, Scotland where I have new subject matter to work with. Not just Scottish people, but the wider European community in general. Of course, as these things go, it took some time to get settled into the country and my new studio at Edinburgh Palette. Just as I was getting into the swing of things, we hit lockdown and it’s been quite challenging with my 5-year-old daughter around. I have a limited amount of space to work with at the moment and I’m working on smaller pieces, which I’m challenging myself to produce one a day. I’m also using this time to refine ideas and explore new topics and techniques.

www.daniellehewlett.co.za

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Rainbow Project 7

Rainbow Project: 7 classes run by 7 women dedicated to the 7 colours of the rainbow to honour this stormy time in our lives while waiting to welcome the rainbow afterwards. Yoga, creativity, cooking, flower essences, writing, yoga, mindfulness, and spirituality. The project has been created by Giada Gaslini of Invisible Caims, inspired by the strong conviction that we need to offer the ability to endure in spite of all the challenges we are facing.

We have recalled the main lesson from the Polish scientist Marie Curie:

“Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.”

These are our classes and even if you cannot attend on the day, you can contribute purchasing the recording which will be sent to you afterwards.

23RD APRIL 7-8 pm
YOGA CLASS with Cori Wilkie – Koa
Muladhara Grounding Yoga
https://bookwhen.com/invisiblecaims#focus=ev-sty4-20200423190000

3RD MAY 5-6.30 PM
CREATIVITY CLASS with Giada Gaslini – Invisible Caims
Create your Rainbow Salt Dough: meditate with the palms of your hands
https://bookwhen.com/invisiblecaims#focus=ev-szjh-20200503170000

5TH MAY 11-12 AM
COOKING CLASS with Valentina Casati – The Oven Fan
Natural Cooking Class: sweet dreams are made of treats
https://bookwhen.com/invisiblecaims#focus=ev-srmd-20200505110000

16TH MAY 3-4 PM
FLOWER ESSENCES CLASS with  Maria Doherty-Shimmering Wings
Flower and Vibrational essences to Balance the Heart Chakra
https://bookwhen.com/invisiblecaims#focus=ev-sr93-20200516150000  

23RD MAY 7-9 PM
WRITING&YOGA CLASS with Sarah- Alexandra Teodorescu, Life is Just a Story Written
Creating Sacred Space on the Page and on the Mat
https://bookwhen.com/invisiblecaims#focus=ev-sxz9-20200523190000  

29th MAY 5-6 PM
MEDITATION CLASS with Susie Hooper- Pause & Breathe
Listen to you-Mindfulness
https://bookwhen.com/invisiblecaims#focus=ev-s89z-20200529170000  

2ND JUNE 7-8.30 pm
SPIRITUALITY CLASS with Beatrice Sala- Las Raices del Alma
Violet: Purification, Transmutation, Transformation
https://bookwhen.com/invisiblecaims#focus=ev-si20-20200602190000

Rainbow project flyer

As we expect the lock down to go on and we are thinking of a second edition, please get in touch if you feel you want to be part of the Rainbow Project Part 2 and 3.

Invisible Caims
Holistic Art, Meditation and Yoga
www.invisiblecaims.com

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Continuing to Promote You!

Are you a tenant and have you seen previous posts such as:

The first ‘Lockdown’ featured resident artist is Simon Rivett

OR

Self Isolation Sketchbook Diary: Resident Artist Evie Jamieson

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!!

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Staying connected during the Coronavirus outbreak

People Know How have partnered up with Venture Scotland, Change Recruitment Group, Edinburgh Palette, the University of Edinburgh and the Edinburgh Remakery to get computers and internet to those who need them during the coronavirus outbreak.

As coronavirus changes lives across the globe, charity People Know How have adapted their services to online and telephone support, continuing their support of children, young people and adults in Edinburgh and East Lothian. Alongside this comes the increased importance of computers to help many experiencing social isolation.

The organisations have teamed up to address this. The project began when People Know How received a donation of 12 computers from the University of Edinburgh, which were then refurbished by Edinburgh Remakery. Soon afterwards Change Recruitment Group, part of the Taranata Group, became the second organisation to gift devices, donating 79 computers. Venture Scotland transported these from George Street to People Know How’s offices at 525 Ferry Road, where Edinburgh Palette has offered the use of the building and its spacious areas as a computer refurbishing base.

They are now refurbishing the computers and accepting further donations. With Venture Scotland ready to deliver them to doorsteps, People Know How are identifying members of the community who will most benefit from a device.

Read the full article: www.peopleknowhow.org/staying-connected-coronavirus

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Self Isolation Sketchbook Diary: Resident Artist Evie Jamieson

‘I am a self taught representational artist and have been painting and drawing for many years.  I have been fortunate enough to live in foreign parts and to be exposed to a rich variety of cultural, climatic and ethnic experiences that have shaped my life and my painting. Back living in Scotland after 40 plus years away I am still enjoying the wonders that surround me and hopefully still improving my art.  I have exhibited in London, Surrey, Edinburgh and in Languedoc in France.

I have been in self-isolation since 17 March 2020 and have been producing a sketch each day which can be found on my website here.

I have found the exercise has kept me grounded and sane and recommend it to all.  The results are not always of great artistic merit, but it will always be a memory.

Self isolation sketch diary started 17.3.20 

Paintings

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The first ‘Lockdown’ featured resident artist is Simon Rivett

‘In September 2017 I and my wife, Mary  left the island of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides to live in Edinburgh.  I had lived in the islands for 25 years..
They  are a raw and beautiful landscape of water and air, open, treeless and crofted, where the land is the product of the interaction of an ancient, traditional, pastoral land use, and a fragile ecology.’

‘From 2013 onwards I had begun to look for new landscapes to inspire me, my first explorations saw me seeking out more extreme landscapes. I had the good fortune to make two trips to the far north of Iceland , spending a month in Akureyri in September 2013 and April 2015 in Siglufjordur. The landscape of Iceland was a new and exciting challenge. The graphic rhythms of rock, ice and snow encouraged me into a period of  experimentation. I found myself making works that were entirely found, not based on a source drawing, applying paint to boards until the appearance of an image seems to me to evoke a landscape. An amazing sea trip up the west coast of Iceland and as far north as Svalbard continued my encounters with snow, ice and water.

In 2015 I had my first solo show at the Doubtfire Gallery in Edinburgh. The landscapes reflected the trips to Iceland and the Artic but also paid homage to the Hebrides. However the seeds of change were planted and my next trip was to my home region of Northumberland to its softer, lusher valleys and moorland hills. It also marked a change in artistic direction, looking to line and shape rather than dramatic graphic depictions of light and shade. There was greater abstraction and a more controlled simplification of the subject. The images were found though a different approach. This led to a new successful  exhibition at the Doubtfire in 2017.

Arriving in Edinburgh meant I needed to return to the world of employment and to find a new studio. To my surprise and relief I was taken on part-time in visitor services by the Museum of Scotland and was able to secure a studio space with Edinburgh Palette. Unfortunately I felt like Jonah as I had no sooner moved in than the future of the building was placed in doubt.

However I continue to work in the  building and have produced a group of work based on the Borders carrying on the work started in  Northumberland. Recently I have begun to employ my new creative  approach to the city and have a number of new paintings underway. I am optimistic that they will be on exhibition at the Doubtfire Gallery in their new gallery space in  August.’

https://www.simonrivett.co.uk

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Handmade Chelsea – Open Call for Makers & Artists

We feel it’s important for you to have events to look forward to later in the year, just as we are looking forward to Handmade Chelsea – The Contemporary Craft and Design Fair (13 – 15 November). As a direct selling event taking place just six weeks before Christmas, Handmade Chelsea continues to celebrate the best in high-end design and craftsmanship. Overcoming this challenge together we are seeking over 100 highly-skilled, international and UK-based makers.

Working at the moment is not easy so from selection in May we will start to work with you over the coming spring and summer months. As spaces are highly sought-after in each discipline, we would strongly encourage applying early before the deadline of Thursday 30 April.

Apply – Visit handmadeinbritain.co.uk/chelsea for full details on how to apply and to complete the online application form.

IMAGES: See email

LINK: https://handmadeinbritain.co.uk/chelsea

CONTACT:

Alis Clement
Events Manager
M:+44 (0)7593654006
T:+44 (0)20 3490 6556
E:alis.clement@handmadeinbritain.co.uk

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Promoting you

“Our plans are taking shape but we need your help”

Following our last email “A Creative Call to Arms”, we have received a fantastic response (keep them coming). We plan to run with your idea of invigorating the Edinburgh Palette website and for it to become more interactive and LIVE connecting residents with the community and bringing your ideas, classes and virtual galleries to life and this is where we need your help…

For those who want to jump on this, can we draw your attention to the Residents Directory feature of our website. This is the perfect time to update all of your information. If you do not have a login, please contact Carly. Alternatively during this difficult time, we can upload the information for you. Please use this drop-box.

To help get us started, please send us images and videos of everything you are involved in and want to show the world via this LINK and we will do our best to promote these for you. The more uptake we get on this the more resources we can develop and improve it. Get involved!

If there is anything we can do in terms of provision or guidance, please get in touch!
For photography assistance, please contact Daniel: 1danieldabrowski@gmail.com
For technical assistance, please contact Clooti: clooti@edinburghpalette.co.uk
For more general communication queries, please contact Carly: carly@edinburghpalette.co.uk

For those of you who are not fully tech savvy, stay posted as we are looking to use our resources to provide 1:1 training so that you learn new skills and can join in.

On a separate note, if your email address changes please ensure you communicate this to us, it is extremely important during these times, that we hold an up-to-date email address for all tenants. Additionally if you sublet your studio, please take the responsibility to pass on our communications and get them to send their email address to Carly.

The following links may be useful to those of you who are starting your virtual journey.
Instagram TV – https://help.instagram.com/381435875695118  
Instagram Live – https://help.instagram.com/292478487812558
Facebook Live – https://www.facebook.com/facebookmedia/blog/tips-for-using-live
Zoom – https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us
Vimeo – https://vimeo.zendesk.com/hc/en-us
Youtube – https://support.google.com/youtube/?hl=en-GB#topic=9257498
Twitter – https://help.twitter.com/en
Soundcloud – https://help.soundcloud.com/hc/en-us
Podbean – https://help.podbean.com/support/home

In addition, if you have any events planned and advertised on the Edinburgh Palette website for the month of April, please get in touch with Carly to remove these.

As always, all the best.

The Edinburgh Palette Team

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“A Creative Call to Arms”

As Edinburgh Palette remains open and while we are blessed with incredibly talented tenants, let’s get our creative minds working to promote your goods, services and businesses during this time.

One idea that we are considering is a virtual gallery/shop space, where your products and services could be available to view and purchase online. We could allow day/time slots to set up your products/services in solitude and transform our Gallery into your new Edinburgh Palette web store.

Alternatively are you considering offering virtual classes? Have you thought about Facebook LiveInstagram Live or Zoom sessions? Zoom is particularly good for workshops and 1:1 as you supply the paying clients with a code to join the group. You could break these sessions up into modules or online guides that you could offer instead of face-to-face classes in the interim from home or from your workshop.

We would also like to highlight again that if you are a textile business, you have the opportunity to assist in the manufacturing of personal protective equipment for the NHS. If you are able to offer support, please email: gcfcovid19enquiries@cabinetoffice.gov.uk

Whatever you are doing, let us know and we will do our best to share across platforms. It works well if you tag us in your posts! Please email: communications@edinburghpalette.co.uk to let us know about any classes, workshops or pieces you would like us to feature. To participate in the online gallery/shop, please email iain.sneddon@edinburghpalette.co.uk 

Thank you for your continued support,
The Edinburgh Palette Team

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