An Eye on the World: A Retrospective

An Eye on the World: A Retrospective

There are some fantastic exhibitions coming up at the Dovecot studios this year and the one I am most excited about kicks off at the end of the month. Hands up if you’ve heard of David Peat. No? Well, you’re in for a treat. Peat was a Scottish film-maker and photographer.  His passion was recording […]

Doodle your way to success

Doodle your way to success

Are you a doodler? Always scribbling and squiggling away in meetings or whilst you’re on the phone?  Ever considered your doodles a valuable problem-solving resource? No? Well, me neither, until I was introduced to The Back of the Napkin.  The premise of the book is  solving problems and selling ideas with pictures. Dan Roam approaches the […]

Book Lover for Life

Book Lover for Life

I will always love books.  Always.  My flat is crammed with bookcases, full to bursting.  Piles of books everywhere.  I have the prematurely curved spine of a woman who always carries a weighty tome in her handbag, and has done for decades. “But why?” my friends cry.  “They take up so much space, you’ll never […]

Dazzled at Dovecot

Dazzled at Dovecot

  Dazzle Contemporary Jewellery Exhibitions is dedicated to showing the best of contemporary designer jewellery.  Organizing  four exhibitions a year in Glasgow, Edinburgh, London and Manchester,  they show work in a wide range of materials from gold and silver to paper, plastics and textiles. Committed to showing the work of young makers at the point […]

Of Witches and Wicked Bodies

Of Witches and Wicked Bodies

  The Witches’ Rout (The Carcass), often attributed to Agostino Veneziano Witches and Wicked Bodies is an exploration of how witches and witchcraft have been depicted by artists over the past 500 years, including works by Albrecht Dürer, Francisco de Goya and William Blake, plus pieces by 20th century artists such as Paula Rego and Kiki […]

Spheksophobia…?*

Spheksophobia…?*

* A fear of wasps.  If you are not of a bug friendly disposition,  you might blanch a little at what’s coming next (if the title pic didn’t get you first)… Artist sculptor, creator of steampunk inspired contraptions and other oddities, Nik’s latest work includes, among other things, hornets, spiders, and he has recently accepted […]

Treasured Possessions by Fay McGlashan

Treasured Possessions by Fay McGlashan

How do you perceive value? Is it how much an item cost you to buy? Sentimental value? Would you place as much value on a plastic childhood toy as you would a diamond ring? The things that we consider precious are held close to our hearts for reasons that are many and various. The notion […]

The Neon Blacksmith

The Neon Blacksmith

For as long as she can remember, Sophie Jones has been obsessed with fluorescent  colours.  If it glowed under ultraviolet light, she needed to own it. She remembers collecting such objects as a child and has pursued her passion for neon into her professional practice. This fascination with the bright and beautiful,   combined with her […]

Lurking Beneath: Anthropormorphism with a Social Conscience

Lurking Beneath: Anthropormorphism with a Social Conscience

As a dedicated, lifelong  anthropormorphist, I was both captivated and unsettled by the work of Kako Oya  which brings the darker elements of human nature to the fore. In “Lurking Beneath”, Kako explores the human condition by using anthropomorphised rabbits.  Having discovered that their characteristics in literature are depicted in a similar way to that of […]

Beautiful Disasters

Beautiful Disasters

Strangely beautiful and compelling, Beautiful Disasters is a collection of abstract ceramic forms by Beth Azar, an artist who uses her work to reach out to the audience about social, economical, political and environmental issues. Inspired by natural disasters and their aftermath, Beth uses crawled earthenware glazes to create intriguing and beautiful textures reminiscent of […]

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