It's been a very busy and exciting time - hence my lack of posts.
In August I received the wonderful news that I received Creative Scotland (previously Scottish Arts Council) Development award, which will allow me the time to experiment with new ideas and materials. The experimentation has begun and I'm really enjoying it. I almost feel like I'm back at collage again.
The very first fruits of my labour can be observed at my solo show that opened last night at The Scottish Gallery here in Edinburgh.
The show is called 'Triumph of Nature' and revolves around a ficticious character I have named 'Miss Rutherford' a Victorian lady and my interpretation of what she would have displayed in her home.
I haven't had a chance to photograph the show yet but plan to very soon, so watch this space.
It has been a very busy summer so far. Website orders, gallery stock and exhibitions as well as designing new work as I prepare for a solo show at The Scottish Gallery in November. I have also been over to Ireland a couple of times as my sister got married last week, head to toe in butterflies. Today I'm listing work to send to Edinburgh Dazzle, which opens in the Traverse Theatre August 6th. Earrings are becoming bigger and bigger and more 'heritage' in style.
The girls bought me a voucher to spend in Saipua, Red hook in Brooklyn .Check their site out if you have a chance. The flowers are exactly the style I love, 'Blousey' as Sophie Dahl described her own taste in flowers on her BBC2 Cookery programme last night. Wild and exotic, and arranged to look effortless.
The design of the shop is stunning. All wood panelling, with inbuilt boxes to house their wonderful handmade soap and vintage finds. All very eceltic - I picked up another Eiffle tower to add to my collection, I suppose it's strange to purchase a Parisian souvenir in Brooklyn, but hey if you're a collector to doesn't matter when, where, why as long as it speaks to you, and it did.
The soaps are just divine - to look and smell that is. I don't think I'll ever use them as they look too pretty in a glass jar in my bathroom. A souvenir themselves. The little miniature owl a Saipua find too - pictured with another Eiffle tower
Red hook is an interesting area. I first visited a few years ago with Ian. We made a special trip to a wonderful jewellery gallery Erie Basin.
They also have a wonderful cake shop Baked, which we walked past as we were tight for time, but were able to recollect severals months later when their book came out.
We visited this time, sadly not indulging in cake as we were due to go for afternoon tea at Bergdorfs.
Funnily enough we postponed that plan until the following day, although I am really glad we fitted it in as the Restaurant was stunning. The store itself was good, but not my fav (considering all the raves), although I did pick up a Theory dress in the sale. It looks better on than on the hanger. It gave me the inclination to 'borrow' a pearl necklace I made for my sister. She's not impressed!
Well I never did blog those photos of my purchases in NYC.
Never say never!
I've found it impossible to blog over the last few months. To cut a very long story short I have a new laptop and am keen to start again.
I took lots of photos over Easter, but unfortunately my husband wiped them by mistake. Poor soul didn't realise - although he did want want to compensate by buying me a new pair of clogs - my new obsession (I bought a pair of sheepskin lined clog boots in NYC). Haven't taken him up on that yet!
I thought these photos had been wiped too, but I had obviously downloaded them before Easter.
This piece was created especially for 'The Honey Bee and the Hive', the current exhibition at Contemporary Applied Arts. The Exhibition is on until 1st May and was currated by Wendy Ramshaw.
Need to get packing! Off to NYC for a girls weekend on Friday. We made a pact years ago that we would each celebrate our 40th Birthdays by going away together. I'm hitting the big 40 tomorrow - and NYC was my destination of choice. Just can't wait!
Sledging on Christmas day! Infact this was my boys mode of transport all last week. Borrowed one of Ciaras many outdoor jackets, infact she gave me one which will be perfect for NYC in two weeks and two days. Who's counting?
I love this embroidered screen.
My Dad and sister have a thing about hoovering. Dad for his Henry, Ciara her Henrietta. Unfortunately for my husband I didn't inherit that domestic gene. Love a clean tidy house - just prefer it when someone else does it.
Here is a photo of Ciaras open plan hall. Dad appropriately with hoover in background.
I'm not the only collector in the family. Ciara's weaknesses are butterflies, horses, bags, shoes.....
So we spent Christmas at my parents holiday house in Northern Ireland although we all descended on my sister and partners house on Christmas Eve where we remained until well into boxing day.
Ciara had a really successful riding school from the tender age of seventeen until about ten years ago. Unfortunately all her hard work and meticulous cleanliness of the stables caused her major back problems and she was forced to give up.
I know she misses her old profession terribly, however she converted the stables into a wonderful house just over a year ago.
Here I am leaping about with Otto on Christmas morning with Otto. Again, again were his chants.