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Newsletter - January/February 2008

Welcome to the first newsletter of the year and warm wishes for 2008!

Coming up:

Kirkcudbright Exhibition
University of Cumbria
Forthcoming Events
Which Way Up video
High Resolution Image for you to Download



First please accept my apologies for the late arrival of the January newsletter, which has now become the February newsletter too! It certainly has taken a while to get organised and back to normal work after the festive break. However hopefully now I’m back on track with regular monthly offerings for you.


Exhibition at The Tolbooth, Kirkcudbright

Last year ended with the sometimes seemingly chaotic preparation for my solo exhibition in Kirkcudbright. However it all went well in the end. It was lovely to meet up with some of you and again receive such warm and very kind feedback on my work. So much of the time is spent working away in isolation that it can be surprising and more than a little daunting when people take the time and trouble to view my art.

Tolbooth Gallery, Kirkcudbright, 2007
The Tolbooth Gallery

The Tolbooth is an interesting space to exhibit in. While the natural stone walls are beautifully coloured and textured, they provide a particular challenge of how to hang my work to best advantage. It very much demonstrates how different surroundings can affect the appearance and lighting of a piece of art and these are necessary considerations for an artist as an exhibition is set up.

Thanks very much again to all of you who visited.

Now I am looking forward to a very busy and exciting year ahead.


AA2A - University of Cumbria

At the moment I am continuing to work at the Brampton Road Campus of The University of Cumbria in Carlisle. As I mentioned in a previous newsletter, I am using the facilities of the wonderful textiles department on the AA2A scheme.

I am developing some new work, which I am finding really invigorating. Working alongside students is extremely interesting and eye-opening as I discover new techniques, which I can bring to my work. I also love the structure and time discipline, which a day in the textiles resource gives me. Working at home can lead to all manner of distractions, as I’m sure any of you who are self-employed will recognise.

When I finish on the scheme in the middle of April, there will be a showcase of work produced there, including sketchbooks, sample pieces, work in progress as well as finished pieces. I intend writing more about my experiences in Carlisle and show some examples of this current body of work in a forthcoming newsletter.


Forthcoming Events

From Friday 21st March to Saturday 19th April I will be taking part in the Spring Fling Taster Exhibition at Gracefield Studios, Dumfries.

This will preview work by all of the artists selected for this year’s Spring Fling Open Studio Event, which takes place from 24th to 26th May. I'm on the Red Route.

From 27th July to 28th August I will be exhibiting at The Mill on the Fleet, Gatehouse of Fleet, Kirkcudbrightshire.

Do come along if you can.


Which Way Up?

When artwork is abstract rather than representational, the question can sometimes arise, "Which way up should I display this?"


Download a free high-resolution image for your own wall or computer desktop

Following on from the theme of the video above, here is an image of "Between the Lines". This is the way up I intended it to be, but do feel free to turn it around to see if it says anything else to you.

Between the Lines

Right-click on the image above and select Save Target As. You can then save the image on your computer and print it off on photographic or watercolour paper at up to A4 size without losing any quality, or use it as a desktop background for your computer.

Be advised that the image is approximately 2MB big, so might take a little while to download

If you run into any difficulties then please let me know.


Questions and Comments:

I would very much like to hear from you. Please email me with any questions about my artwork, or with ideas of things you'd like to see and read in future editions of this newsletter.

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Wishing you all the best until next time,



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