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Postcard Art Exhibition and Launch of “Suspend” by Weirdfolk

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This weekend there’s a wee exhibition opening in Glasgow. When I say wee I mean that all the art is postcard size, as with each artist submitting up to three pieces it’s certainly not going to be small in any … Continue reading

Glasgow International Art Festival & the year of fun

With over 200 artists exhibiting in around 75 venues across Glasgow for Glasgow International there was so much opportunity to get lost in art this April.

Those of you who follow my blog will know I’ve declared 2016 the year of fun and I certainly had fun going round the various exhibitions.

I loved all the textiles on show. From skateboarding clams to weaving and national identity it all made me smile.   

   
I surprised myself by enjoying The Circus Between Worlds which was a selection of performances pieces created by artists working in Glasgow and Newcastle . Normally I steer away from performance art but I was curious to see Helen Shaddock‘s piece.  Sometimes it’s good to things that scare you just a wee bit.  

   The festival certainly helped feed my imagiation.

  
    
Some exhibitions are on until 22nd May so there’s still some time to catch them.

February Fun

The days are getting longing and lighter which always makes me smile and awakens my creativity which has been hibernating over winter.

As I mentioned in my last post 2016 is all about fun and this month I ignored the fact I lost my voice (nasty chest infection), sucked on yucky cough sweets and got out there.   

 No your eyes do not device you, that is Richard Gere in Glasgow for an event I attended. He was talking after showing his latest film Time Out Of Mind which is an honest portrayal of a homeless man in New York.

I got lucky and every film I chose during Glasgow Film Festival ticked all the boxes for me from strong characters, beautiful cinematography and great scores it was one of the best film festivals I’ve attended. Some personal highlights were

 
Remember I mentioned fun didn’t have to be expensive? Well, in February BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra put on two free concerts which I was lucky to be able to attend. Both concerts featured contemporary composers and pieces I’d never heard before so demanded my full attention which in turn has sparked ideas for embroidery designs.

I know some of you might be turning your nose up at this, but don’t knock it until you’ve tried it. If you’ve never experienced a full orchestra live put it on your bucket list. The trick is to find a piece of music you like in their season brochure, go to that concert (watch the Proms or do some digging on (*)YouTube to see the different pieces) and take it from there. 

I think there is something magical about this orchestra. They have a way of stimulating all your senses at once and even at the back of the hall you can feel their passion for the music they play. Go & see them (other orchestras are available in your local area 😀).  It’s been a while since I was able to attend a Knit For Unity session so it was wonderful to get back and catch up with everyone over the clack of the needles.

You should see how many lovely pieces have been knitted or crocheted for those who need them. People have been so generous and I know the hats, scarves, blankets etc will be gratefully received.

If you’re free and fancy knitting (novices are warmly welcomed) pop along to Maryhill Integration Network’s offices, Mondays between 12 & 3pm. As it’s a leap year I managed to squeeze in an extra day of fun. This time I went to the opening of Glasgow School of Art’s Y2 Fine Art Potography exhibition which runs until 4th March.

Having friends on the course I’ve been watching their progress with interest. It was fun to see who’s been influenced by more established artists and refreshing to note that they have maintained their individuality.

Hope your February was as much fun. Now, let’s see what March holds…

(*) yup, this is the piece of music Siouxsie and the Banshees used to come on stage to.

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Inspired by Hannah Frank

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Hannah Frank (1908-2008) was a Scottish artist who just hasn’t had the recognition she deserves. Luckily that is hopefully going to change as Rebecca Scott is organising an art exhibition with works inspired by Hannah Frank and her work. Hannah … Continue reading

Helen Shaddock at Hatton Gallery

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Last weekend, along with a friend I escaped Glasgow and headed to Newcastle upon Tyne to see Newcastle Universities MFA Summer Show and especially Helen Shaddock‘s new work.

I’m a bit shocked that I’ve not introduced you to her work before. We both share a love of maps and paper and it has been been fascinating to see her work progress over the years. We may work in very different ways and while she is definitely an artist and I’m more of an artisan (someone who works with their hands) her work has inspired me on numerous occasions. Her love of colour and fascination with form is amazing and never fails to inspire me. Earlier this year she left Glasgow to start the Master of Fine Art course in Newcastle and this was my first chance to see how her latest work.

Along with other first, second year students and some Ph.d students they’ve put on an impressive summer show at the Hatton Gallery. Here’s a taster of Helen’s work

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If you’re in Newcastle please seek it out. As you can see here (hint: click on the pictures to get more info) there is such a diversity in work, practice and use of space not only for the artist but for you the viewer. You need to explore the whole building to find all the artists sometimes with rooms hiding round corners or opening up at the top of narrow staircases. At the time Helen asked me if I thought there were similarities in their work. I didn’t think so, but retrospectively I’d have to say movement is the key. Not just because you can see they are on an artistic journey but because time/movement is an element of each piece whether by design or through serendipity.

Apart from Helen’s work the other stand outs for me were Paul Martin Hughes’ kinetic sculpture which had an amazing hypnotic rhythm to it. Mirela Bistran’s textiles and naturally dyed work and Yein Son’s Noctarine 3.12.

Well done to all of you, I’m already looking forward to next year.

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Thank you to Helen Shaddock for letting my photograph her work.

The exhibition at Hatton Gallery runs until 5th September 2015

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Dumbarton Rock, King Artgal and the Vikings

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After a year of stitching our panel for The Great Tapestry of Scotland it’s finally finished and is being stretched at the HUB before being framed and going on display. It has been a real privilege to work on this … Continue reading

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Pictures on a Postcard

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Have you been to The Glad Cafe on Glasgow’s sunny southside? If not GO! As well as some fabulous events it is a relaxing place to have lunch or meet friends for a chat. There’s another reason you might want … Continue reading

See Us: Blipfoto exhibition

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Some of you may know that I challenge myself to a daily diary which takes the form of one photo a day with/out words depending on how I feel. This has led to me being in a book which you can pick up at an exhibition in Glasgow – get me!

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I do this through a site called Blipfoto which is based in Edinburgh but participants are from all over the world and the subjects people photograph are as diverse as the blippers.

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Last year the Blipfoto team set us a challenge to either take a photo of something creative they did or saw. Over 4,000 photos and stories were shared, some of which have been used to create an exhibition and book.

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After a stint in Edinburgh the exhibition has now moved to Streetlevel in Glasgow and I went to the launch today. Love the diversity of the photos and I think my favourite is some barrels of whisky…or maybe the puppet show…or… Well I’m just glad I didn’t have to select which ones came to the exhibition or made it into the book. Here’s a link to my entry —> https://craftyfrayededges.wordpress.com/2013/02/22/picture-perfect/.

It’s on until 23rd June so if you’re in town please pop along and have a look. You never know, you might find yourself blipping, you’ll certainly leave with a smile on your face.

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Oh and if you’re cheeky like me ask if you can see Alan Campbell’s exhibition which is still hanging in a closed part of the building.

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Stitching Continents: call for submissions

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After years of thinking about creating an event for Scottish Refugee Week I’ve finally taken the plunge. I worked with refugees for 10 years and talked about embroidery with them. I was intrigued by the similarities and differences in this textile work … Continue reading

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Long Live the Queen

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