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I'm Elly Sutherland and my business is The Camel's Cap. I'm based in Biggar.
I have been sewing since I was a teenager but it was only a few years ago that I discovered freestyle machine embroidery. I get very excited by it as the creative possibilities are limitless.
I am inspired by the world around me, autumn colours, birds and lighthouses in particular.
I use fabric scraps which I applique using free motion embroidery.
There's nothing more satisfying than producing something beautiful.
I’m Elspeth Wight, my studio is in my home in Carnwath . My work consists of drawings paintings or mixed media work developed from sketches of what is around me.
The work starts with an observation of something that delights me. It might be line or light. I enjoy recording this and choosing a medium that works well with what I am observing and how I feel!
I am endlessly fascinated by the human face and form. Perhaps it fits with my background in psychology. However opportunities to draw from life are more limited now and present work is the natural world of objects and landscapes. In lockdown it became objects around the house; utensils, or shopping that I strove to see afresh!
I always begin with sketches to get a feel of the object and it’s form. I try to think about what it is that excites me about the object and how best to express this.
Art is a way of expressing much of my joy of the world, but the means is also a roller coaster! Choosing what to paint next, getting on with it, accepting your own limitations and then sometimes having a high of something you’re pleased with is an exciting journey. Then of course I find myself at the beginning again and doubtful that I can repeat it!
Jacqueline graduated from the Glasgow School of Art in 1984, with a BA Hons in Fine Art. During her time at Glasgow, Jacqueline won the prestigious Stewart award for painting at the RSA, Edinburgh.
On graduating from Glasgow, due to personal circumstances, Jacqueline pursued a career in nursing, however in 2000 she resigned to build a career as portrait painter. At the same time she renewed her childhood interest in horse riding by purchasing a retired racehorse. This in turn led to a very successful equestrian and canine portrait business with many international clients.
In recent years Jacqueline has shifted towards the creation of original works covering British wildlife and exotic animals. Her work which is mainly oil on linen, has been purchased by private and corporate clients via several galleries in the UK. She is also represented by Arabian Fine Art, London who specialise in Arab horse paintings.
Jacqueline is married and currently lives in a village in the Clyde Valley in Scotland where she stables two Arab Horses and four Shetland Ponies.
My name is Richard Price and although I am a trained artist designer, I predominantly work as a self taught potter which was an interest I first experienced at around 16yrs old.
I have worked on monumental to small scale sculptures in media ranging from fabricated and hand forged steel to clay which is the medium I have the greatest affinity with.
I have got to a stage in life where my response to clay is strongly intuitive and every day brings new inspiration which predominantly draws especially in my painting from my developmental experiences as well as observations on human behaviours but in Ceramic, my less commercial work is inspired by life interests such as Buddhism, Martial Art, Human Behaviour, “Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose” and occasional my life long love of the natural world, I suppose. Sometimes the process is very linked with mood both as inspiration and as a process by which to self sooth therapeutically.
In my ceramics studio I enjoy making one off works using wheel thrown, hand built, sculpted, carved and slabbed structures. I rarely use casts and like uniqueness in every piece. I also use a variety of firing processes so the final pieces are widely varied.
Finally, my art work and process fall between a powerful mixture of therapeutic soul food and the practical means to buy food! So I also have a small gallery on site for sales.
I studied at Glasgow School of Art, and now live in Coulter.
People, faces, and appearances have always fascinated me. I have always been captivated by figurative art and portraits.
Over the past few years I have mostly been drawing; firstly with pencils, and more recently with a variety of media. I like the immediacy of drawing and how you can constantly modify or remove the marks, sometimes just in passing.
In the many portrait commissions I have had I think the most important aspect for me has always been to try to capture an absolute likeness of the sitter and to convey a sense of their presence. I particularly admire the drawings of Holbein, William Strang and the charcoal sketches of Sargent. Ramon Casas is my favourite artist and I constantly refer to all of his work.
Recently I have been trying to get more weight and form into my drawings and they have become darker and less transient.
My name is Viv Newton from Earthware Pottery in Biggar.
I have been making and teaching pottery for many years, with a diploma in Studio Pottery and a Hons Degree in Ceramics.
My inspirations are nature, colour and form which is brought out particularly in my cheery and everlasting flower bouquets.
I make hand-made earthenware pottery, using both the potter’s wheel and hand building techniques. Creating individual pieces of pottery each time, different in form, pattern, texture and colour, both beautiful and functional and also ornamental pieces to enjoy around your home.