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 email@example.com
I am a multidisciplinary artist and have lived in Italy, Spain and Germany. I moved back to Edinburgh at the end of December and immediately went in search of studio space in Edinburgh. Finally in February I managed to secure a space in St Margaret’s house and finally started getting back into producing new work. This is abstract work on paper, using maps as inspiration as well as latterly as the surface of the paintings. Once lockdown was put in place, I quickly took a multi media piece I had just started to work on and brought it home, which I have been working on ever since in my living room and at the moment is embroidery and appliqué on raw canvas. I am looking forward to getting back in to the studio to continue with the larger works on paper.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
Phat Dog Films has just launched and we are offering 50% off our first ten film projects. Are you a business owner looking to promote a product or service, or an artist looking for exposure? Get in touch!