St Monans Arts Festival 2018

St Monans Arts Festival 2018

This was my first year in St Monans, and the first time I've taken part in St Monans Community Arts Festival. There were many activities and workshops held throughout the weekend. A very enjoyable event for adults and children alike! The arts festival was set up in 2009 by a group of local people, the festival was built around the talented people living in or with strong connections to the village of St Monans, and has been a great success ever since. https://stmonans.org.uk/blog/category/community/st-monans-arts-festival-community/continue reading →
Crystal Tree of Life

Crystal Tree of Life

Crystal Tree of Life Sun-Catcher How to make: Using strong wire, make a wire circle or use an old metal bracelet, I've done both, and prefer using the old bracelet, its ready made, strong and is great for the job. A softer, finer wire to make up the tree-trunk, twisting it around to add thickness, separate the wires to create the branches, add crystals to each of the branches. Bend the wires to create a knarled effect, finish off the wires and make spirals along the base, creating nice Celtic roots. There's some…continue reading →
Art Quilt – Golden Elephant

Art Quilt – Golden Elephant

Really enjoyed making this quilt. I loved the image of the golden elephant and it went well with some old cushion covers I had stashed away in my fabric bags. I cut up an old scarf and appliqued some of the glimmering attachments. The embroidery in the panels is superb and I lay no claim to them whatsoever, this work is done in India by very skilled seamsters, the skills being passed down from generation to generation. As far as I know, the materials are gathered from discarded sari's, etc, and re-worked into…continue reading →
Art Quilt – Peacock

Art Quilt – Peacock

The Peacock with its shimmering colours, blues, reds, some wonderful embroidery from India taken from cushion covers, an old boho skirt, a multi-coloured top I wore until it became too shabby... the finished quilt hung with bamboo rod. Much hand-sewing after two sewing-machine needles broke after a collision with beaded sequins...continue reading →
Jasper Jiggle & The Shiny Things – Free PDF

Jasper Jiggle & The Shiny Things – Free PDF

Jasper Jiggle and the Shiny Things Jasper's story is about magic and remembering the joys of our surroundings. Everything is energy and Jasper encounters this magical energy all around him, and ultimately, from within.   As the sun warmed the sand, the waves cooled it down. Jasper was enjoying his stroll along Noory beach  Free PDF: JASPER JIGGLE & THE SHINY THINGS Would love to hear your feedback on this small book, please feel free to comment. *** A Magical Book for Children and Adults alike. Once you read about Jasper Jiggle's adventures,…continue reading →
Art Quilt – Spring

Art Quilt – Spring

It took me ages to complete this art quilt, it has lain there all winter just waiting for those final finishing touches. Finally over a fresh Spring weekend, I finally found the inspiration to complete the project. It reminds me of Spring moving into Summer when again the life-force bursts forward with much noise and bright light full of colour and song. A very welcome time of the year in a cold and often grey, cloudy Scotland where the winters are long and the weather is inclined to storm-filled skies. As I type,…continue reading →
BBC River City

BBC River City

BBC River City My favourite mosaic commission to date was a commission to create a set of 6 mosaics featuring ships for the BBC Scotland soap drama River City. I first had to create one as a sample before getting the go-ahead. Once this was done and accepted, I had a very tight deadline to producing the other 6. I can honestly say that I think I worked round the clock on them, cut myself several times, and so very glad when finally they were finished! I was invited to view the set…continue reading →
Art Quilt – Mandala Maze

Art Quilt – Mandala Maze

Mazes and labyrinths... I found that whilst I was creating this quilt, I was thinking about mazes and how the symbolic meaning of the maze suggests a journey with many twists and turns. I find quilt-making very meditative and use it as a means to enter a silence and drop any mundane concerns. There is something in mixing and matching the fabrics that create a kaleidoscope of colour, it begins a journey through the memories of the fabrics former uses and origins. The Mandala centre piece is a spiritual symbol representing the universe…continue reading →
Art Quilt – Batik

Art Quilt – Batik

The centre-piece of this art quilt is a batik produced by an artist in the Kiwanuka studios. The batiks are produced mainly from the Thika facility about 100km from Nairobi in Kenya. Kiwanuka, is an Ugandan-born artist with several studios throughout East Africa. The studios have many artists; however, all are produced under the original founder's signature to his original designs, colours, and templates. Although similar, no two pieces are identical even by the same artist, as each batik has slight differences in colour patterns and design due to the work being done…continue reading →
Jasper Jiggle

Jasper Jiggle

Jasper Jiggle and the Shiny Things Last year my cousin Tommy Reid (author ) and I (illustrator) worked together on creating a children's book. Here is our result... Jasper's story is about magic and remembering the joys of our surroundings. Everything is energy and Jasper encounters this magical energy all around him, and ultimately, from within. As the sun warmed the sand, the waves cooled it down. Jasper was enjoying his stroll along Noory beach Over the water, Jasper could see his house on the beautiful horizon. As he was thinking about what…continue reading →