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Colour Me Happy Collection

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Eileen Hood


Who are you, where are you based, and what do you do?

I am Eileen Hood and have lived in Symington for 21 years. I am primarily a painter using various media depending on the subject. In conjunction with my painting I am interested in other crafts, e.g. patchwork and quilting, computer designing in knitwear and embroidery and glass engraving. Currently it is paper crafts that have my attention, notably my personalised mini albums which can be seen on the folksy.com website.

Why do you make this type of art?

I have painted from a very early age and my style and technique in my artwork has changed considerably over the years. I have been encouraged and improved my technique by attending professional art courses and workshops. I enjoy using various media including egg tempera. Because of my love for animals a few years ago I undertook the Diploma Pet Portraiture Course with The London Art College achieving a pass with distinction.

What inspires you?

While I undertake commission work to client’s requirements both at home and internationally, inspiration for every day work comes when I least expect it. It may be the angle of a dog's head or the cat sitting on the window-sill - I take note and a photograph if I can, ready for the chance to start the next painting. Just to walk round my garden and look at what is growing there I can feel a painting coming on!

How do you make it?

For my animal portraits I work from photographs and I use either oil paints on canvas or pastels on Pastel mat card. For my floral paintings I build them up, planning the layout with a light mark on canvas or board then add blossom and leaves as I work. Abstracts can be fun, I use mainly acrylics for these and dab away with a stippling brush, stencil’s and other such items. I paint animals and bird portraits on real turkey tail feathers. These need careful handling and preparation before using a light touch with the brush.

What does your art mean to you?

Painting is my lifestyle. I've had a lifetime of art, since my first competition at the age of 5 years old when I won a prize. Painting and drawing are my 'go to' creations and gives me pleasure in knowing my work is giving others pleasure in this country and abroad.


Maggie Lord


Who are you, where are you based, and what do you do?

Born in East Yorkshire, England, self-taught Artist Maggie developed her love of photography and painting when she moved to the Orkney Islands in the 1990s. Maggie is now based in Clydesdale, Scotland, where she developed the strking Art to Wear range by Skaramanda.

Why do you make this type of art?

Whilst living in Orkney, she learned the craft of jewellery making from Orkneyinga Silver Smiths owner Kevin Allan, and began making a small range of handmade jewellery to sell to local galleries.

What inspires you?

Art to wear is inspired by the magic and beauty of the Scottish Landscape, wildlife and fauna, and is brought to life with vibrant colours and bold design.

How do you make it?

Each brightly painted piece is painstakingly handcrafted – and therefore unique – to provide the wearer with their very own piece of Scottish Art.


Moira Russell


Who are you, where are you based, and what do you do?

Hello, I am Moira Russell and I am a painter, printmaker, artist’s book maker and lover of all things paper - working from my home studio in Biggar.

Why do you make this type of art?

I want to share my pleasure and excitement in the overlooked and undervalued and the teacher in me wants to help others experience the joy of making - hence the Make Your Own Kits!

What inspires you?

Inspiration is all around! Whether it is the intricate spaces between the plants in my garden or the grass verges; the beauty of nature even in decay or marks on the pavement - anything might catch my eye and my butterfly mind takes me in all sorts of inspirational directions with one idea often leading on to another - painting - artist’s book - collagraph print or even a video!

How do you make it?

How do I make my art? With great difficulty sometimes!! I enjoy the research process - inspiration is one thing - but looking more deeply takes time before actual work starts. My paintings start with colour, collage and markmaking & I allow the subject matter to develop without a set idea in mind - feeling my way and working instinctively - building up the layers.

What does your art mean to you?

I can’t imagine not making; not creating, not responding to what I see; not trying to share my view of the world!


Isobel Struthers


Who are you, where are you based, and what do you do?

I am Isobel Struthers, I have lived and worked in the Biggar area all my life. I am now retired and enjoy spending time on my various art projects which include painting, embroidery and jewellery making.

Why do you make this type of art?

I have always been creative and enjoyed making things. Originally my interest was hand embroidery and bead work and then I progressed to machine embroidery and making jewellery and now I have added felting and painting to my list of hobbies.

What inspires you?

My inspiration comes from nature and everything around me. I am attracted to the unusual or quirky for example I like to paint animals and cover them with flowers to create a patchwork design.

How do you make it?

I have to find something that I want to paint and am attracted to and can spend hours searching for ideas and this tends to evolve over time. If I want to create a subdued mood I tend to use pastels and if I want a bolder more vibrant effect then I go for acrylics and sometimes I will add some embroidery and beads to create more texture to my paintings.

What does your art mean to you?

My art is my therapy and enables me to escape my troubles. I have also made many friends through my arts and crafts lessons and exhibitions. I can pass many a happy hour at my easel or sewing machine.


Moira Pedreschi


Who are you, where are you based, and what do you do?

I’m Moira Pedreschi, ‘made by moira’. I design and make one-off pieces of sterling silver jewellery from my studio at my home in Roberton. I’ve been a fan of chunky silver jewellery since the 70’s when I was introduced to pieces by Danish designer Georg Jensen.

Why do you make this type of art?

I always carry a wee sketchbook with me to record my observations. I’ve also developed some of these observations Into pen drawings and ideas for hand knitted scarves for adults and children.

What inspires you?

The inspiration for my pieces are taken from observations of nature and the environment and reflect my love of texture and shape.

How do you make it?

My jewellery pieces are produced using traditional methods and new techniques to create surface texture and manipulate the silver. They are sympathetically finished to retain a handcrafted, natural effect which is an integral part of my designs and are hall marked where weight requires.

What does your art mean to you?

I really enjoy making one-off pieces of jewellery, as many are organic ......... the design takes shape as the piece progresses. I have a real sense of satisfaction when someone likes one of my design enough to chose it and get a kick when I see someone wearing a piece, ...... especially if it has been a commission.


Pat MacKenzie


Who are you, where are you based, and what do you do?

I live in Thankerton with my husband, two children who are now married and fled the nest and four grandchildren nearby so not a lot of time recently for artwork. Hoping that will change in the years to come.

Why do you make this type of art?

I have loved drawing since childhood and this has developed in adult life into working in mixed media, collage and also fabrics using stitching by hand and machine. I also do a little felt work, both wet felting and dry needle felting. The only materials I don’t use are oil paints, at the moment anyway.

What inspires you?

My subject matter is varied, my inspiration coming from anything that catches my eye in my surroundings to phrases or ideas which rattle round in the back of my brain until I can let them out – sometimes this can take a year or two! I then choose whatever materials seem appropriate for an interpretation of the subject in a way which will give it a new life of its own and hopefully will ‘speak’ to a viewer.

How do you make it?

I then choose whatever materials seem appropriate for an interpretation of the subject in a way which will give it a new life of its own and hopefully will ‘speak’ to a viewer.

What does your art mean to you?

Creating interesting and unusual images in my art practice is my aim – I have to keep doing it – it’s in my ‘DNA’ – always has been and hope it always will be. I have been exhibiting and selling pieces of my work recently at the Lanark Tolbooth and hope to do so at the forthcoming Xmas Exhibition and Sale.


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