Chalk: stunning modern plaster works at Fire Station

Ffion and Steven Blench, a husband and wife team from Aberdour, are showcasing their own twist on traditional and decorative plasterwork at Fire Station Creative. Visitors to the gallery will be treated to a superb modern treatment of the ancient craft. The couple, who’s company name is Chalk, have previously worked on prestigious restoration projects such as Stirling Castle, The Assembly Rooms and Blair Atholl Castle. For this special exhibition,

Wemyss School of Needlework: stitching since 1877

Incredibly, The Wemyss School of Needlework in Coaltown-of-Wemyss dates back to 1877. It was founded by Dora Wemyss, a wealthy philanthropist and great-grand-daughter of a relationship between King William IV and his mistress the actress Dora Jordan. Wemyss had been inspired by the opening of the Royal School of Needlework in London five years earlier and set up the Wemyss School to offer girls six-month apprenticeships. If they were particularly good they

Flower School at FSC, Dunfermline

Flower school sounds much more charming than flower arranging classes. When she’s not busy creating wedding flowers for brides, Louise of Lou Lou Flowers is running a flower school at Fire Station Creative in Dunfermline, Fife.  Short courses include Boho Bridal Bouquet and Pimp up your Pumpkin in October in time for Halloween. Details of courses listed below. Sunday 12 June – Half Day Workshop Luxury Hand Tie Gift Bouquet

Open Studios North Fife this weekend

Painter Sharon Black, Ladybank and furniture designer Mark McCance, Kinloch are just two of the artists opening the doors of their studios to the public for the Open Studios North Fife weekend from Saturday 7 May to Monday 9 May.  The weekend is an opportunity to see the interesting spaces in which artists work, to hear more about their methods and sources of inspiration, buy or commission something for your

Woodland florist Tupelo Tree branches out

What started as a flash of inspiration at the end of a tipsy night out has for, talented illustrator and florist Natasha, become a highly successful woodland floristry business. Tupelo Tree has since been featured in Italian Vogue as well as other top publications and Natasha has brought her unique vision to many gorgeous weddings at venues such as the Byre at Inchyra, The Edinburgh Botanics and Harburn House. In her

Michele Daykin: turning stone and brick into silver

Fife designer maker Michele Daykin draws on her previous studies of Stitched Textiles at Edinburgh Telford College and Jewellery Design and Manufacturing at Dunfermline Carnegie College to create innovative jewellery designs which combine silver and batik fabric. Michele says, ‘Inspirations for my designs come from surfaces; the repeat markings on Glasgow pavements, the chisel markings on Edinburgh walls along with aged and weathered brick and stonework. I work predominantly in silver, I treat

Local Christmas Shopping Guide #2: art and craft

Unless you’re buying for Alex Salmond, it’s too late to commission a full size portrait of your loved one for this Christmas but all of the artists and makers featured here offer commissions and vouchers for their work which would make an exciting start to 2016 for anyone lucky enough to receive one. Pictured above is a typically vivid piece by celebrated illustrator Jill Calder. Calder is based in Cellardyke

Fire Station Creative: First open studios weekend a big success

Artists at the Fire Station Creative in Dunfermline, Fife opened their studios to the public and welcomed over 1,000 visitors to the venue over the weekend, 27 November-29 November.  The organisers clearly wanted to create a sense of occasion to welcome the general public. On the first opening night, Friday 27 November, live music played while canapes were served by the cafe. Gin and vodka tastings were sponsored by Arbikie,