May 2017 update

It has been a fulfilling 15 months since my last post. The main event has been the exhibition ‘After the Storm‘ , held in the John Hope Gateway Gallery of the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh. 12 cabinet makers from the Scottish Furniture Makers Association designed and made furniture using timber from the gardens blown down in 2012 by Cyclone …

Royal Botanics Garden Edinburgh – After the Storm 2016

Event start date: 3rd December 2016Event end date: 26th May 2017 Venue: John Hope Gateway Gallery, Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh A celebration of renewal, using RBGE timber windblown during Cyclone Andrea in 2012. Highlighting the beauty of RBGE-grown timber and craftsmanship amongst our Scottish Furniture Makers, this exhibition focuses on the restorative and rejuvenating effects of storms and trauma upon …

start of year thoughts

I look at this work by Danish textile practitioner Anette Bendixen and I love the combination of thought, use of materials and the idea behind an image that shocked the 19th century salon society, being made in the 21st century from yarns. The interlacing is done by hand with each connection dependent on the judgement of the makers eye and …

thoughts for the spring

Winter reading included a revisit of Gareth Williams ‘The Furniture Machine – furniture since 1990’ (V&A publications 2006) which reminded me of the giant forces that are out there influencing taste in furniture. This book tracks the development of several celebrity designers, who Williams terms as part of an egosystem, and have design thinking. Take Jurgen Bey and his tree trunk …

July Idea

The furniture world is collegiate yet competitive. Designers and makers love to see what is out there; to gain inspiration, to judge and place themselves. Social media brings it all very close. Take this blog, you could be reading it just 15 minutes after the idea takes form. How’s that for connection to someone’s thought process? We (furniture makers) love …

Aberdeen Art Fair – September 2014

The Aberdeen Art Fair 2013 had a very strong presence from the furniture makers. The stand attracted plenty of interest, whilst Tom Cooper showed us how to sell furniture when he took the prize for ‘largest pieces sold’. We’ll all be there again on 6 and 7 September 2014, at Aberdeen Music Hall. Follow the link for more information.

Scottish Furniture Makers show in October 2014

I’ll be at the annual show of the Scottish Furniture Makers Association in the John Hope Gateway gallery at Edinburgh Royal Botanic Garden from 2nd to 19th October 2014. This is a fabulous new venue at the heart of a specialist world, and a brilliant showcase for makers’ work, giving them an opportunity to show what they are able to …

Attentive launching

And here she is to face the world. Attentive in the sun Attentive at work Attentive looked down on Nobody but nobody should walk away Come to SECC Glasgow 23rd to 26th May stand L445 and see it in the flesh – or is it wood?