Kara Burke is an illustrator from Portland, Oregon who brilliantly captures the personality of dogs and cats in these adorable cushions and mini stuffed ornaments. Off the peg designs start at around £20 from Kara’s Etsy shop and she is happy to accept custom orders based on a photograph of your pet. You can find out more here and can contact Kara at kara.l.burke [!at]gmail.com.
The famous Great Tapestry of Scotland which tells the history of Scotland in rich and vibrant handstitched colour, is in Fife until September. You can see the entire tapestry, consisting of 160 individual panels running 143 metres long, at the Kirkcaldy Galleries throughout the summer. One of the biggest community arts projects in the world, a thousand volunteers worked for more than 50,000 hours to complete the project using a range of embroidery skills and
Such lovely work here from Cork born jeweller Gemma O’Leary who, having honed her skills in Canada and Dublin as well as under the guidance of esteemed jeweller Mette O’Connor, has realised her dream and launched Inner Island. O’Leary combines simple shapes with precious metals to create timeless, understated pieces. The minimalist designs are handcrafted in Dublin using traditional silversmithing skills and natural materials. ‘I spent many years searching for something that inspired me.
Edinburgh-based Joanna Kessel, one of the UK’s foremost mosaic artists, is running a residential mosaic course in Italy from 6 – 13 June. The course teaches you how to design a mosaic, select the appropriate Venetian glass smalti and create your own contemporary piece. Inspiration will be close at hand in nearby Ravenna whose early Christian churches and mosaics have been designated a UNESCO world heritage site. You will be able
Dundee MakerSpace is celebrating their new home by holding their most pointless event to date. The Pointlessness Hackathon will run on the 10 and 11 January 2015 and challenges you to make the most pointless thing you can think of. So what is a Pointlessness Hackathon? At the Hackathon you will have a day and a bit to make the most pointless thing you can think of. It can be
If the fairy or star at the top of your Christmas tree is starting to look a little battle scarred maybe it’s time to invest in a beautiful Halinka creation. Originally based on characters from the ballet, the range has expanded to include Christmas and woodland themes as well as, my favoutite, skating couples from around the world. The figures are not cheap, staring at around £20 and rising to
The Biscuit Gallery & Cafe, Culross is getting into the festive spirit serving complimentary mulled wine and mince pies at their late night shopping evening this Friday. Cafe owner Niall Campbell has just heard that his application for a licence was successful and the cafe/shop can now serve wine. Customers and locals will also be able to buy prints, accessories and ceramics – many of the ceramics are made in
Doors will open on the Round The Horn Advent Calendar Trail in Kinghorn at 10am on Saturday the 22nd November. There are 10 venues to visit with 20 artists, designers and makers exhibiting their work, some for the first time. Painting, sculpture, glass, jewellery, ceramics, prints, textiles, homewares, papercrafts and more will be available to view, sample, buy and commission. The organisers aim to forge a lasting relationship between local people and
The small town of Burntisland is not the bustling economy it once was but there some attractions for families if you are in the area. It’s produced it’s fair share of famous sons and daughters as well – David Danskin, the founder of Arsenal Football Club as well as pioneering female mathematician and astronomer who also has an Oxford College named after her, Mary Somerville. There’s the blue flag beach
The always excellent Craft Scotland Summer Show 2014 gets underway in Edinburgh on 1 August. It’s a chance to see top quality work and meet some very skilled craftsmen and women. Products are available to buy at the show as well as online through Culture Label. Items that cost over £100 are available to buy through the Own Art scheme, spreading the cost over a period of ten months. Buying