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During Covid-19, I was furloughed from my job for eleven weeks. At this time I took the opportunity to take a step back from my own artwork and indulge in some time to catch up with reading books on the to-do pile as well as investigate other artists, textile and otherwise.

Victoria Crowe's books were at the top of that list, her work is just incredible and we were very lucky to see her life's work exhibition, twice, in Edinburgh in October 2019. After seeing a Matisse and Picasso exhibition at Gracefield in Dumfries in 2018 and then taking a workshop with Seth Apter in Dumfries earlier in 2019, my love of collage grew and I was very pleased to have Balint Zsako and his thought-provoking work pointed out to me in June 2020. Zsako's art followed on from an online discussion about Adam Cullen, so the last couple of years have certainly broadened my visions and views of those artists considered classic and the much more contemporary ones, too.

Lee Krasner at the Barbican Centre 2019

Victoria Crowe at the City Art Centre, Edinburgh 2019 

 

I am very pleased to be one of the artists with work for sale in the newly opened shop The Lime Bothy in Newton Stewart. See Where to Buy for further detail.

I am one of the collective of the Artists & Makers shop in Castle Douglas. The shop opened on Monday 3rd July 2017, at 141 King Street, DG7 1DX. The link below is for their Facebook page:

Castle Douglas Artist & Makers

Check out the PA Pop Up artists' website page here where I have an info page.

 

 

British Wool - Latest Wool Prices 2017

 

Books that inspire me:-

Sheep & Man  by M. L. Ryder (1983) MPG Books Ltd

The Horse, The Wheel and Language  by David W. Anthony (2007) Princeton University Press

The Secret Lives of Colour  by Kassia St Claire (2016) John Murray

Paperwork  by Peter Clark (2009) Black Dog Publishing

Sketchbook Explorations for Mixed-media and Textile Artists  by Shelley Rhodes (2018) Batsford 

 

Artists that inspire me:-

Henri Matisse

Georges Braque

Pablo Picasso

Henry Moore

Jackson Pollock

Lee Krasner

Victoria Crowe

Adam Cullen

Balint Zsako

Kurt Jackson