Space

Actual space is intrinsically more powerful and specific than paint on a flat surface. Donald Judd I have been thinking about the difference in the way my mind has been working throughout the lockdown, depending on the amount of space I have had access to. Within the confines of my flat my thoughts seemed smaller,…

Creative walking

Often I sit down at my desk and realise I have no ideas. My mind can have been buzzing with thoughts all day, but as soon as I sit down they all vanish. It feels like walking into a room looking for something, just to have your mind go blank on crossing the threshold. My…

Itchy Feet

At the beginning of lockdown I was quite content to work indoors, to take a break and sketch on the sofa. I made smaller pieces that could hang on my walls, that could be easily packaged and posted, that fitted within the much smaller and confined lives we were living. However, with the incredible summer…

Surviving Lockdown

There have been so many hot takes on how to get through lockdown, from the ridiculous “if you haven’t achieved then you never lacked time, you lacked discipline” to the “don’t worry if you spend all of your time in bed, this is a difficult time for all.” We have all had our own problems,…

New logo

I have been an artist blacksmith for 9 years and have finally decided to get a logo. My brilliant friend Rachel E Millar has designed me one, something that takes inspiration from some of my work and combines it with a crisp graphic design style. Although it is difficult to come up with something that…

Why draw?

Drawing has always formed a large part of my practice, it is an element that spans every part of a project. Working with line drawing allows me to create pieces full of character, sweeping lines twist back on themselves, free and full of movement. I feel that line can describe motion and fluidity, especially when…

Hands, feet, and cloth – a research project

A few years ago, I determined to improve my drawing by doing a drawing a day. However, I was always so busy during the day that what this meant in practice was that I mostly drew while sitting on the sofa at the end of the day and the sketches were of everything I could…

Feet and Hands – Paula Rego

Last weekend I finally managed to visit Paula Rego’s Obedience and Defiance exhibition at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. It is an exhibition full of paintings and drawings that span the length of her career.  Her work is full of symbolism, with animals used often to depict the ways we harm and care…

Hugh MacDiarmid Mural

The wonderful Outpost Arts in Langholm have commissioned a series of artists to create murals to be installed around the town centre, exploring and celebrating what makes the town special. Although Langholm already has a monument to Hugh MacDiarmid, I thought it would be good to link his writing to the nature that can be…

Craft and Mental Health

There has been a lot written about craft and mental health, and there are a growing number of people who engage in craft related activities as a form of mindfulness or relaxation. It has become big business, from colouring books for adults to knitting clubs, and there has been huge resurgence in ceramics due in part…