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Gordon Picken at The Old Ambulance Depot

This weekend is the last chance to catch Gordon Picken's fantastic exhibition at the Old Ambulance Depot in Edinburgh - it finishes on Sunday. Picken, who is from Kirkintilloch, has been described as the best painter working in Scotland today. He is interviewed here by fellow artist and admirer Ian Moir: Clearly you work from a single photograph. How much time do you spend on each segment of the mural. Some ...

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Competition Prize: Celia Birtwell Book

Avocado Sweet is delighted to be giving away this Celia Birtwell book as a competition prize. The book was published by Quadrille this week (3 October 2011) and is worth £30. As you might expect from a textile designer, the hardback book is a piece of beautiful design in itself filled with colourful sketches and designs from throughout her career. The book charts her life, from working with husband an ...

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Celia Birtwell: Telling her own story

After forty years of being represented by men; favourably by good friend David Hockney in Mrs and Mrs Clark and Percy (above), and later, less flatteringly in ex-husband, Ossie Clark's diaries, designer Celia Birtwell is publishing her own story. She chose style writer, Dominic Lutyens to help write about her life and work.  In a refreshing contrast to the current trend in autobiographies she has a ...

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