SF I At Home

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This year, for the first time, I am taking part in Spring Fling - Scotland's leading open studios weekend. Every year since 2003, the Spring Fling May bank holiday weekend has seen Galloway's artists, from Langholm in the East to Stranraer way out West, Sanquar up North to Dundrennan way down South, welcome visitors to their studios, offering them an opportunity to see first hand what it means to be a working artist. This year, 2020, has a total of 87 artists and craft makers across Dumfries & Galloway, who were expecting to welcome around 12,000 visitors through their doors between 23 and 25 May.

But now things are different. With lockdown there is no opportunity for visiting, chatting, seeing Galloway in all it's Spring finery or, most of all, enjoying the amazing array of art works our region has to offer. Such a real disappointment for us all. So, to counter this miserable state of affairs, the organisers of Spring Fling are launching SF | At Home – a new programme of digital activities. The initiative is to support Spring Fling audiences and artists though this period of isolation and fill some of the gap left by the postponement of Scotland’s leading open studios weekend.
FILM

Still image from film 'mist' (2020)
Still image from film 'mist' (2020)

For Spring Fling 2020 I had planned to exhibit at Gracefield Arts Centre in Dumfries, showing my films and demonstrating my film-making techniques. I film in the natural world and take my inspiration most often from walking in the environment where I live. The films are a homage not only to our beautiful 'more-than-human' world, but also to a gentler, more spiritual way of looking. Fortunately I am of course able to show my work from here and in the film section Film I SF I At Home you will find introductory notes and links to the films I have selected for Spring Fling. Other film work can be found in the Film section.

COLLAGE

Collage 'red star' 7" x 7" watercolour paper and embroidery
Collage 'red star' 7" x 7" watercolour paper and embroidery


But film-making is not my only artistic outlet. For many years I have also made studio-based work and throughout that period, collage has been a regularly-visited format. This period of lockdown has offered the time to go back to my studio and create abstract sheets of watercolour ready to use in collage work. This time, as well as creating the basic construction pieces, I decided to sew them together using decorative stitchwork - oh, yes and to film them. Now I find myself generating new material for both my film work and wall-based images. Go to the page Collage I SF I At Home.