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Featured Artist: Jane Buxton of Wild Cat Crafts

I started Wild Cat Crafts in 2014 following redundancy after 20 years as a property manager.  I have had great fun and learnt a great deal by trying a variety of crafts over the last 5 years.

You definitely need to diversify when you run your own craft business, so this year I have decided to focus on weaving and quilting with some enamelling on copper and a bit of woodturning when time allows.  That’s still quite a mixture, but I suspect that once I have invested in a new floor loom later this year, weaving will take priority!

I use upcycled materials in my weaving (yarn made from sari silk is a particular favourite at the moment), quilting (I’ve just finished two quilts using denim jeans) and woodturning (offcuts of plywood glued together create beautiful “grain” once they’re turned).  I also run knitting and crochet workshops in my lovely studio at St Margaret’s House.

www.wildcatcrafts.co.uk

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Featured Artist: Joanne Shaw

Born in Northern Ireland in the 70’s, Joanne quickly developed her knack for making a creative mess. It was a toss up between music and art at school. Art won and she went on to to study at the Belfast Institute for 3 years before completing her degree in 1997 at the University of Ulster.

Travel took her to the Canary Islands in 1998, returning to Belfast in 2000 where she had her debut solo show in the Waterfront Hall. She continued to work as a community artist and exhibit her paintings until moving to London in 2005. Joanne joined Creekside Artists, working alongside artists such as Charming Baker and creating work for Foy Vance which featured on his debut album ‘Hope’.

Joanne’s work with the homeless at Crisis in 2007 resulted in a series of portraits. One of the paintings, ‘Edwin’ was exhibited as part of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters annual exhibition in the Mall Galleries. The stark contrast between Royals, dignitaries and one homeless guy, fuelled Joanne’s passion to continue this theme of value and human worth, particularly those who exist on the periphery of life.

Joanne now lives and works in Edinburgh and is part of the artist community at St Margaret’s House.

http://joanneshaw.co.uk/about/

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Featured Artist: Lorna Sinclair

Lorna Sinclair is a Scottish artist who currently lives and works in Edinburgh. After graduating from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design with a BA(Hons) in Fine Art in 2017, Lorna re-located to Malta for a year. This move greatly influenced her creative practice; majestic landscapes, historical buildings, a Mediterranean colour palette and new faces, were all incorporated into her paintings.

Self-reflection is an important element in Lorna’s work; her paintings become her own visual, personal journal of her travel experiences and memories. Working from a collection of photographs, sketches and memories, Lorna often merges images and scenes from her travels to form one final piece of work. Her bright, lively paintings become an extension of her own identity.

Through her artwork, Lorna attempts to offer a sense of hope and escapism, as she invites the viewer to share in a new reality – one she has created.

Link to website:

https://www.lornasinclair.com/

Link to Instagram art account:

https://www.instagram.com/lornarsinclair/

Lorna painting Samples of Lorna's work

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Spring Open Doors – yes, this is happening!

Open Doors Registration
We are planning a St Margaret’s House Open Day on Saturday 27 April 2019.

When?Open Doors
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.

What? 
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!

Sounds good? 
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 (523.glassart@gmail.com) 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.

 

 

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Featured Artist: Gibbet FX

I’m Calum MacDonald and I run Gibbet FX which specialises in the creation of models, props and Special FX work for film, TV and theatre. I’ve been working in this field for the last 15 years having originally trained in stop-motion animation before venturing into the varied environs of SFX. It’s the appeal of creating the unusual and the weird and wonderful that drives me and I’ve had the pleasure of working for clients who want something “a little bit different”. Life-sized dinosaurs, huge gargoyles, trauma injuries – no two projects are ever the same!

I also felt that while learning my craft, there seemed to be a lack of training opportunities within this field particularly in Scotland, so I decided to start running training courses from my studio for those who had an interest in developing their skills in these particular areas.
The courses cover a wide range of different topics from Special FX makeup and prosthetics, sci-fi and fantasy prop and model making to creature design. Courses vary in length from 2 days – 6 days and are suitable for all levels of experience.

For more information visit the Gibbet FX website or follow us on Facebook.

https://gibbetfx.com/

https://www.facebook.com/GibbetFX/?ref=bookmarks

Mixture of Calum's work

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Call out for Edinburgh Contributors

My name is Callum and I am a Scottish Arts Producer currently doing some work for the Swiss Arts Council.

The project I am working on is called “21”, and is essentially a video exhibition that explores memory, asking people of all ages to share memories from when they were aged 21.

People who decide to contribute will be asked to take part in an interview in April and a follow up meeting in July, both in Edinburgh. A film resulting from this process will be exhibited at Summerhall as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

If you have any questions about anything, please do get in touch. My email is: cwmadge@gmail.com

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Featured Artist: Rebecca Holloway

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.

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Register for Open Doors 2017

Only 2 days left to register for the Open Doors Weekend taking place at St Margaret’s House the 21 – 22 October.

If you would like to open your studio and take full advantage of being on the programme, sign up before the 8th of September.  All the information you need on how to register and registration forms can be found HERE.

If you are into social media, please go to the event on Facebook and click “going” that way more people will see the event. We’ll be releasing details of the programme once the registration period has closed, but do share details and photos of your artistic practice, business, or photos of you working in your studio to help publicise yourselves.

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Intensive Icon Painting/Egg Tempera Workshop

This 5 day intensive workshop is designed for students of all abilities, no previous experience is required.

Monday 5 June – Friday 9 June
11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Suitable for: All levels/Absolute beginners welcome
Price: £255, concessions available (check the description)
Location: (Studio 2.31) Edinburgh School of Icon Painting

This 5 day intensive workshop is designed for students of all abilities, no previous experience is required.

The aim of the course is to help you understand the tradition of icon painting through studying masterpieces, and through their inspiration to create your own icon. more

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