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Dried Flower Bouquets + DIY Boxes

Hello!
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.

Show me the flowers > www.boyesbotanics.com/dried-flowers
Follow our Instagram > @boyesbotanics

Thanks for reading!

Kirsty

P.S – The studio is closed for appointments but we are still open for phone consultations for wedding flowers. Due to 2020 postponements, 2021 is slightly fuller but there are still dates available.

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Charity sharing Free Face Masks & Pattern

EcoArt was on the BBC news last week! They’re a grassroots environmental charity that have so far recruited over 65 Zero Waste Makers upcycling masks for their family, friends and neighbours. they’ve shared over 500 masks with key workers, charities and vulnerable people around Edinburgh.

“The masks can easily be made using items you already have at home, like clothing, bedding, elastic bands or bicycle inner tubes.” says Rose, the CEO. “We are encouraging reuse and learning to sew, they’re a great family craft project”.

If you would like to be a Zero Waste Maker too or are a front line group needing masks, please email Rose on info@ecoartcharity.org

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Bowbeer Designs by Resident Artist Caitlin Bowbeer

My illustrative work is playful, contemporary, and often takes a tangible form, using unusual structures and materials as a canvas for design. I am passionate about producing contemporary drawings and designs whilst keeping my practice environmentally sustainable where possible. My most regular commission work has focused on illustrating resources for outreach projects aimed at communities and young people, creating work for such clients as The National Galleries of Scotland and Dundee Heritage Trust.

After gaining my degree in Illustration from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in 2016, I decided to up sticks and head to Brighton to gain some inspiration and a get bit of sunshine. Whilst working in a pottery studio, I rediscovered the beauty of clay. I think it’s properties are fascinating and find that it complements my illustrative work perfectly. I learned how to throw on the wheel and create minimal designs that work well with their partnered illustrations, keeping them fresh and playful.

I have now been living in Edinburgh for almost 2 years and am privileged to share my newest studio in St Margaret’s House with two very close friends. Although the effects of the lock down have been tough, with reduced work and having to temporarily move out of Edinburgh to help family members, it has brought new opportunities for learning and development within my practice. I have used this time to create an online shop, work on personal projects, and slow down, taking more time with each of my ceramic pieces. I have begun to handbuild with clay which allows me to make larger and more experimental forms and I am keen to try more traditional techniques of firing when a kiln is not accessible. I am hopeful that by indulging in this time I will be able to apply new techniques and skills to my practice in the future.

Website: www.bowbeerdesigns.com
Instagram : @BowbeerDesigns

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Resident Artist Jacqui Higgs

Jacqui Higgs is an Edinburgh-based, Dublin born artist with a background in fine art and painting. Having graduated from Edinburgh Art College in 1994, she then moved on to study Art Therapy, gaining her Postgraduate Degree in 1996. She became a professional member of the Scottish Society of Artists in the same year. Since then, she has exhibited frequently throughout the UK, in group and solo shows, as well as London Art fairs.

Over the past 2 years I have travelled northwards to make on-site drawings & conduct research which I then use in my studio for larger and mixed media pieces. These travels have invoked a deeper insight into issues surrounding climate change and societal complexities, often exploring the interconnectivity between human/animal relations; and within this context my destinations have become more adventurous. On the Faroe Isles, I met with residents and academics who spoke about the recent levels of tourism and how they are managing this (particularly towards a sustainable approach within the fishing and sheep industry)

In the Faroes, sheep are viewed not only in economic terms but treated with a certain level of reverence, i.e. sheep shelters are provided for them when the weather  deteriorates. The motif of human and non-human interrelationships is frequently revisited in my work and working in inaccessible locations such as the Orkney Isles and the Faeroes is exciting and rewarding.

The fantastic backdrops of oceanic panoramas, fjords and sea stacks are key to an abstract way of painting in which I add elements of printmaking to the images.

www.jacquihiggs.co.uk/

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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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