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Last Call for Open Doors Sign Up!!!

To sign up and take part in the Open Day please email Irina Stancheva Open Doors(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.

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: 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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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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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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Featured Artist: Owen Normand

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.

Sample of Owen's work

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Featured Artist: Meadowbank Music Therapy Services

Music therapy offers opportunities to engage in musical experiences tailored to individual Sample of instruments usedneeds and abilities.  At the heart of this is the acknowledgement of a therapeutic relationship which is based on trust, respect and confidentiality.  It is not necessary to be able to play an instrument or to read music.  Therapy can assist with aspects of communication, expression, interaction and mobility.  Sessions might comprise improvising on percussion instruments, songwriting, singing, listening to music and, where appropriate, the development of skills.

Dr James Robertson has worked with a wide range of client groups as a music therapist.  This includes children with additional support needs, adults experiencing mental health Picture of the studioissues, palliative care and forensic psychiatry.  Sessions can be offered on an individual or small-group basis. James was the Programme Leader of the MSc Music Therapy (Nordoff Robbins) at Queen Margaret University from 2005-2013 and is currently a visiting lecturer at Edinburgh Napier University.  He is also a composer and a choral conductor.  James is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council.  For further information or details of availability and costs please contact James on: robertsonjames56@gmail.com

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Featured Artist: Artisan Stitch

Besides running sewing classes and textile workshops, I occasionally manage to find time Modern Day Embroideryto 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!

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Featured Artist: Amy Liston

A bit about me and my work:

I’m 19, I am training to become a digital communications executive. I write weekly LinkedIn A sample of Amy's workarticles along with news posts, content and blogs for my workplace and I have an unnecessarily big obsession with Meryl Streep.  I started making card this year and the response has been incredible so far – my Instagram is @alistondesigns, and I can also be contacted through my LinkedIn, website is in the making!  All of my cards are completely handmade and no card will ever look 100% alike as the ink splatters never land the same.  I can do any colour, flower and writing; typically done cursive and they are £3.50 each, or 3 for £10. Plus £1.80 for post and package as I add in personalised thank you notes and try to wrap my cards as eco friendly as possible for the supplies that I have!

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