I enjoy telling a story, using personal symbolism within my art, and I find this can help me function in my life exterior to an artwork. When painting or creating sculptures, I go into my own world where emotions are worked through differently. Situations make sense in their own way, presenting themselves to me afresh, similar to that of a dream. I create mystical landscapes that hold hints of a narrative, yet are left ambiguous for the viewer. I have a certain affinity with the composition of renaissance paintings and it is the fragments of architecture and peculiar settings in which many figures are often placed, that inspire me the most.
I am a photographer and videographer based in Dumfries & Galloway. I work primarily within the music & theatre industry covering events. I love capturing artists working in their element and being able to show that off to the world. For my own personal projects I enjoy photographing landscapes and portraiture. Taking landscapes is an extremely therapeutic process for me. Exploring the outdoors, finding the composition, using the appropriate equipment and waiting for the right light. It can be a very slow process but the reward is fantastic. Alternatively, with portraiture I enjoy using light and pose to manipulate and shape a person in a particular way to create a certain tone or mood.
Find out more about Ruari's work by visiting: Ruari Barber-Fleming Media
I produce handcrafted jewellery creating bespoke and limited collections of work. Dumfries and Galloway’s idyllic scenery is a major influence in the majority of my work. Growing up surrounded by woodland and endless fields, I could step out of the house and enter into an enchanted world full of beautiful plants and animals where my imagination could run free. I still find nature’s ability to so easy immerse and ground me in that moment through the sounds, smells, and textures that weave together truly incredible.
My work focuses on structural organic forms created predominantly in gold and silver wires, and cast components. I like playing with the fragility and delicacy of the pieces and how they can be layered and connected adding intricate levels of detail. The technique Plique à Jour enables me to add hints of playful colour and vibrancy into my work in a way that fits in with the delicate flow and style of my designs.
As well as my most recent collection of jewellery featuring delicate, wearable pieces that have been inspired by flowers, petals, and elements of the forest floor. My main focus has now shifted towards specialising in tiaras, hair pieces, and bridal jewellery.
Over the past few years I have really enjoyed working on large scale projects as although my training is in Graphic Design I have a large passion for many areas of creativity and I especially enjoy working on purpose- ful projects that can enhance a space or help others in the community to learn new skills and express them- selves.
In my small scale and large scale works I enjoy using bright colours and collage elements to create a playful, friendly relationship with the viewer and a lasting experience or message. I aim to spread positive messages, promote the beauty of the natural world, and integrate my own and others' happy memories to show joy in the human condition.
Since returning to Dumfries and Galloway in 2015 I have predominantly been working as a Graphic Designer and Community Artist, whilst also taking on commissions and opportunities to exhibit. From 2018 - 2020 I worked as a Public Art project worker for The Stove Network’s Creative Futures project in which my remit was to involve the communities of North West Dumfries in Public Art projects. This saw me facilitate projects to upgrade the Lincluden Rhino Statue, create a commemorative statue for Lochside Primary School and create three community murals.
Find out more about Kirsty's work by visiting: Kirsty Turpie Community Art
I am a professional model maker based in Scotland. My passions and skills also lie in sewing, photography and digital drawing. I create models out of an assortment of materials and make them have the appearance of the original object. I create these looks through an array of painting and texturing techniques. Each model I create has a specific set of parameters that has been set for each model and takes extensive research and planning. I take commissions for various projects, working with community groups and businesses who are looking for models or props.
My work is an embedded practice of settling, establishing projects alongside and as part of communities. I create work that has its foundations in a sense of place.
Projects include permanent public artworks, temporary site-specific or participatory works, sculpture, hand painted lettering and sound installations.
My approach places myself as an artist at the centre of a process of making; learning and experimentation are at the front of much of my decision-making. Works display a strong aesthetic towards the handmade, the marks of process and the imperfect, influenced by community and folk art attitudes of DIY culture.
Curation and gathering are simply a means by which to make on a larger scale, creating space for people to gather or linger – I look to form communal spaces for sharing, be they film screenings, dinners, conversations, exhibitions or High Street interventions. I approach this with the same authenticity, drive and consideration that I bring to all of my artworks.
Creative practice is a means of exploring our identity, environment and belonging to a place. I aim for my process process to be a means of problem solving and discovery - opening the opportunity to be part of a wider dialogue.
Find out more about Katie's work by visiting: www.katiejanderson.com
I am a visual artist and maker inspired by the overlooked in our environment. My fascination began with the spaces I walked past everyday; the eroded grooves in pavements, the colours on rain-washed walls, and patterns found on drain covers.
This interest emerged while studying Textile Design at DJCAD, and upon graduating, I stayed on as a Designer in Residence, supporting students with their coursework. Most recently, I was a member of the Blueprint100 Curatorial Team and also spent time volunteering at a Special Education School, running therapeutic art groups and assisting in Music Therapy sessions.
Within my own practice, I play with a wide range of materials through process-led exploration; with particular interests in paper folding, found objects and instinctual mark-making.
Find out more about Claire's work by visiting: www.claire-bell.com
I investigate versions of reality, through an exploration of our relationship with materials, technology and each other.
Utilising the senses I aim to provide a space that both challenges and enables a rethinking of entrenched beliefs and patterns of thought and behaviour; a space that connects to, and has the potential for, creating new narratives for a more humane and sustainable future.
My projects usually consists of three elements: photography, sculpture and connection/collaboration, combined into one project or addressed separately. More specifically I work with one of the oldest photographic processes called wet plate collodion. I am interested in this process because it is slow and physical in its creation, each image is unique and it shows the movement of chemicals across a metal plate and it reveals elements of the environment that it was taken in. Imperfect and lasting, it is the antithesis of the ‘selfie’ and consumerist culture.
Find out more about Kyna's work by visiting: www.kyna-hodges.com