Tuesday, 2 July 2013
A while ago I was asked by website designer Jo King to work on a rather special book project, a compilation of the extensive diaries kept by Kitty, a distant relative. These fascinating journals kept throughout Kitty's childhood and adolescence, packed with charming drawings and witty entries, vividly bring to life the small borders town where she lived at the turn of the century. Jo commissioned this family tree, intended to appear at the front of a future publication of the diaries.
Last week I returned to Paris after a trip back to Scotland to see my family. This was no ordinary occasion however, as I had timed my visit to coincide with the exhibition my parents were putting on in their home, a kind of open studio/open house affair lasting ten days. There were many invited artists, with work spanning painting, jewellery, kinetic sculpture, video, ceramics, textiles and furniture design. As I was rather constrained by the stingy Ryanair baggage allowance, I decided that what was required were some lightweight, flat packable pieces, and I had the brainwave of making this collection of birds, planes and one lonely pterodactyl from stiff grey board, decorated with acryllic. Each piece can be slotted together - no glue required! I created a little installation above the kitchen table, hanging each piece with invisible thread.
The birds hanging above a table laden with posh canapés!
Display of my ceramic jewellery
Photos from the exhibition, featuring work by, from l-r, top to bottom: Andrew Walker, Jill Brennan, Paul Grime, Nigel Bridges, Eve Kime, Linda Kinsman-Blake, Claudia de la Peña, Robin Kinsman-Blake.
l-r, top to bottom: Helen Kemp, Sam Wade, Craig Mitchell, Antoine Lizan, display of my cards
Fantastic ceramic piece by Craig Mitchell
Beautiful kinetic piece by Sam Wade
The exhibition was a great success, with a lively opening and lots of visitors throughout the week! Bravo! 10% of all sales has been donated to Friends of the Earth Scotland.
Monday, 1 July 2013
Back in March I was invited by Honkongese journalist Jas Tang to do an interview in the Chinese arts and lifestyle magazine Little Thing, which is distributed all over China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia and Taiwan. The issue in which I appear is a special number all about ceramics, featuring articles on the history of Chinese porcelain, as well as numerous interviews with ceramic makers. I was delighted to be included! The magazine has a very quirky, playful look, and includes this magical pop-up on the first page. Superb. I only wish I could read it!
Wonderful pop-up double spread.
Profile of a Parisian boutique
Funky porcelain-themed fashion shoot