Monday, 20 June 2011

Forth Valley Open Studios

On a rather drizzly Saturday we got in the car to head off to visit some open studios in central Scotland. With the help of the brochure we had a route planned to try and see as much as possible.
We started off at West Moss-Side in Thornhill. A beautiful space hidden at the end of a single farm track. I particularly enjoyed Anthea Naylor's willow pigs and chickens, these would be a fantastic addition to any garden. Whilst Charmian Pollok creates handmade papers in conjunction with found objects to create thought provoking work.
Nearby, we went to Diana Hand's studio, there were vibrant printed velvets, printmaking and a very impressive horse sculpture. Our next highlight was over at Delta Studios in Larbert, here was the showcase exhibition, with work from all the artists taking part displayed. We finished our day the other side of the Firth of Forth in Alva, looking at the fun textiles (and cute dog!) from At 4 below, and captivating tapestries of Louise Martin. These open studios really highlight the wealth of talent in the area, it is just a shame we didn't have time to visit more. I forgot to take picture of the studios - you will have to click on the links, though I did manage to take a picture of this curious cow!

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