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Tattooed Porcelain Figures by Jessica Harrison

These tattooed porcelain sculptures are by Jessica Harrison, an artist based in Scotland. They are part of her first solo show in Paris titled FLASH, beginning May 15, 2014 at Gallerie LJCredit: images by Gallerie LJ ...

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The first pantone guide, 1692

Could this be the first pantone book in 1692? Spanning nearly 800 completely handwritten (and painted) pages, Traité des couleurs servant à la peinture à l’eau, was probably the most comprehensive guide to paint and color of its time by an artist known only as 'A. Boogert'. According to Medieval book historian Erik Kwakkel who translated part of the introduction, the color book was intended as an educationa ...

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Jupiter Artland; beautiful sculpture park near Edinburgh

They say that golf spoils a good walk. At Jupiter Artland a beautiful walk is enhanced tenfold by the artworks that now seem integral to the landscape. The surprising thing about this sculpture park, which is just outside Edinburgh, is that it was one individual who came up with the grand idea, Nicky Wilson. Not only that, but she and her husband, Robert funded it from their own income. When they bought the ...

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Cool illustrations from the 1960s

It's hard to believe that illustration can look so different from one decade to the next but here are some great examples from the 1960s.  There are a few illustrators names who were obviously the favourites with the editors of the women's magazines who commissioned them; Jac Mars, Eric Earnshaw, Frank Haseler, Whittlesea and Coby Whitmore amongst others. Via Voices of East Anglia. ...

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Look inside the new Dunfermline Museum

Take a look inside Dunfermline's new £10.8m museum and art gallery by way of this flythrough video.  The museum has been funded by Fife Council, Heritage Lottery Fund and the Carnegie Dunfermline Trust and aims to integrate a modern design with the listed buildings on site including the world's first Carnegie Library. The facility will open in July 2016 and be managed by Fife Cultural Trust. With Dunfermlin ...

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Anna Karenina & Paloma Faith: hat shopping in South Queensferry?

If Anna Karenina and Paloma Faith need to go hat shopping then South Queensferry is where they should head. Joyce Paton opened Paton, the unexpectedly exotic store in the historic Scottish town at the end of March 2014.  Fur pill box hats with beautiful plumed feathers, which were created for catwalk shows and photoshoots, are on display alongside less extravagant pieces. For weddings and events Joyce can c ...

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My Florence: Art Shay’s photographic love letter to his wife

Former Life photographer Art Shay - who describes himself on Twitter as ' Wartime flier, peacetime racquetball champ, student of Greek philosophy' - is 91 years old. In his time he has photographed the Kennedys, Muhammad Ali, Elizabeth Taylor and a host of other 20th century icons. He still carries a camera and writes a blog for the Chicagoist . His favourite subject though was his wife of 75 years, Florenc ...

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The Reid Building at Glasgow School of Art

Designing a new building for the Glasgow School of Art to sit alongside Charles Rennie Mackintosh's masterpiece must have felt like a huge responsibility for american architect Steven Holl.  The Reid Building, named after Dame Seona Reid, who stood down as director of GSA last summer, provides a new home for the design school. ...

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Broomhead Bothy: of picture houses, green shield stamps and stovies

How do you make your stovies? Are you a corned beef kinda gal or sausage? Starting this Friday 14 March, the Broomhead Bothy comes to the Broomhead flats in Dunfermline and, in the community flat on the ground floor, will provide weekly cookery and art workshops as well the opportunity to pop in and share stories. Tales of green shield stamps and long gone picture houses are already being shared on the proj ...

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