The Dove and Blue Boat Window

Last week I went down to St Mary’s church in Wivenhoe, Essex where I used to live, to visit the freshly installed window which I made last year in Dumfries. It has been a long journey in more ways than one and the boat seems to symbolise the epic process of making the window. Starting…

Home and Away – Kicking the Can up the hill

We’ve now had two pop-ups in Lochside and a trip out to Taliesin near Castle Douglas. Both were great events and this blog is a reflective memory of those times. Towards the end of our time at Taliesin we all (most of us) played Kicking the Can which is a game for any number of…

The tent is made and our first pop-up has happened!

We are moving onwards with our project in Lochside – a tent has been commissioned and made and we have pitched it first in Auchencairn (to check it out) and then in Lochside for our first pop-up event, when upwards of 25 folk from the area came and made some art and ate some food…

Digging for treasure – the art of conversation

This feels like an interim time in our WWDN project, so a good time for some more reflections on what we are doing. As we await the outcome of planning permission to site our promised portacabin, it strikes me that our project is still largely hidden, a promise of things not yet delivered. But, like…

Whose art is this anyway?

A lot has happened in the past couple of months and a lot of questions have been asked and answered and some remain in that twilight zone of “working on it”… Art is like an idea which you can’t quite pin down but you know would be great if you ever could. And socially engaged…

Views from within – sharing spaces with local residents

While out saying Hello and leafletting in the flats, we knocked on David’s door and he kindly invited us into his top floor flat. David gets to look at an amazing view of hills and sunsets as often as he likes (or can). It’s the best flat he’s had he says and he has had…

What We Do Now in NW Dumfries, Scotland

In late July 2021 I joined the WWDN project with The Stove Network, Dumfries, as an artist working with the community of Dunlop Road in Lochside, NW Dumfries. This is the first blog documenting my work and impressions from the early establishing weeks/months. There will be more as the project develops… The project is part…

Is glass a solid or a liquid…or both?

There is a romantic idea that glass is a very slow-moving liquid which travels downwards due to gravity over a number of centuries in old church windows making them thicker at the bottom than the top…sadly the truth is closer to defining it as an amorphous solid which lacks the orderly molecular structure of other…

Elsewhere – some concluding thoughts

The end of new normal is in sight and we can begin to live more easily with the mask and the distance, knowing it will come to an end. The idea of normal hoves into view for many of us but it seems a bit stranger than expected, can we really expect life to be…

Elsewhere – Where Are We Now?

We are better connected than we were three months ago, but we don’t really know the pathway through the next three and beyond. The Market Festival in Dumfries last Saturday was full of communal joy and genuine bonhomie but behind the mask we aren’t quite sure how long this spell of almost normality will last…we…

The New Normal is Now…

Rolling directly into my sketch book as preliminary work for Elsewhere, a project for The Stove Network in Dumfries, I found myself wondering where the roller would go, what it would do, how much ink it would deposit, what textures it would create, when it would run out of ink, how long I will believe…

Treble Denim – strengthening the social bonds

Returning to life after lockdown involves an ever-increasing pattern of overlapping life shapes and patterns, combinations of over and under, beside and between, distant and closer, safer and less safe, trusting and risky, aimless and purposeful, peaceful and agitated, knowing and unknowing, hopeful and disturbed, relieved and edgy, banal and fantastic, comfortable and prickly, proactive…