Perthshire Open Studios (POS) has begun! The orange signs are up, studio tidied, new work on display and ready to welcome visitors and friends old and new.
Dunning is situated on the Plum route, just one of 7 routes throughout Perth & Kinross with over 200 artists taking part in 143 venues. It’s a 9-day event which does at least allow a couple of weekends to hopefully get to see as many as you wish.
Taking part is a brilliant way to meet folk who are genuinely interested in a creative process, take some time whilst studio bound to work on a new project, and share what you do with anyone visiting.
You often hear people say that it feels odd coming into someone’s workspace, please don’t, we choose to take part because we want to welcome you in and share what we do, and please never feel obliged in any way to make a purchase, it’s just a great opportunity to showcase what we work on throughout the year.
The one-off lamps are the main feature of my work this year, both as a table lamp and when put with the fabulous wooden bases which I commission through another Perthshire based maker Sylvan Wood Design. The mixed media shades combined with a base are what I’m calling ‘functional art’, each one genuinely different and individual.
I don’t have to look too far afield to be inspired with new ideas, the amazing skies & views quite literally from the garden have inspired the mixed media hand painted designs, and hard to believe, but this image is as it was, no filters applied – honest!
If you have a view or a favourite skyline you’d like to capture on a lamp then commissions can be created if you supply a photo.
A beautiful abandoned walled garden which I drive past regularly inspired the artwork for the foxglove design which has been digitally printed onto 100% linen.
There are some route blogs posts on the POS website which have been put together to help visitors get the best out of their time out and about, worth checking out if you’re not familiar with the area, in addition to the studios you’ll find there are mentions of where to go for coffee, lunch and any points of interest etc.
I’m Venue 66 on the Plum Route, open 10-5 daily until Sunday 10 September (except Mon 4 Sept), 5 Millhaugh Steadings, Dunning, Perth, OH2 0DW. Easily found on the B8062 just outside Dunning village, look out for the orange signs to help you find your way.