Functional art, statement interiors, colour accent or a talking point – or maybe all of the above? What am I talking about? Lampshades!!! The standard lampshade is often exactly that, very ordinary, understandably many shop bought shades are neutral or a single colour, yet they don’t have to be – or at least not in my house!These words by William Morris, the 19th Century celebrated designer, are often used in the world of interiors, and with good reason! I love this quote and as one of life’s hoarders, our home is exactly that, a family home that’s rarely spotless and pristine for long, and yet I do love having beautiful things around me, most of them have a reason or a story as to why they’re still in situ. Some are gifts from long ago or purchased on a memorable trip away, some self-bought birthday treats or perhaps they appealed to my inner magpie, and some are just downright useful. I enjoy having beautiful quirky bits and bobs and there’s no reason why a lampshade can’t be in that category. Hence the term ‘functional art’, it is what it is, both useful and beautiful.
That is the starting point for my work, I see the lampshade as my canvas (with a purpose), and using a number of different techniques, all vary depending on what will be the best for creating the design, so it begins. They do result in being something different, and yes they can be ‘statement’ pieces or a source of conversation, but always functional.They may be hand screen printed, hand painted, stitched, stamped, or collaged, all are handmade and original in design, some are one of a kind or one of only a few. They appeal to those who know their own style and create their own interior story over time, mixing and matching designs, colours and textures along the way.Come along during Perthshire Open Studios (1-9 Sept 2018) to see what there is, find out how it was made, or just to have a good look around. I’m on the Plum Route, venue No.55. on the B8062 just outside the village of Dunning heading towards Auchterarder. There’s a great selection of artists in Dunning alone. It’s always lovely to have visitors pop by during Open Studios.