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Maker secret auction – dolls’ des res

From Thursday 15th November you can place your secret auction bid on this beautiful dolls’ house, hand-made in Inverkeithing by local resident and retired teacher at Inverkeithing High School, Sandy Stephen. You can come into Maker and write your bid down on a slip, along with contact details, which will be put in an envelope and kept secret until Saturday 15th December, when the highest bidder will be announced. Alternatively, if you can’t make it in to the gallery, email us at info@inverkeithingarts.org and we’ll do it for you. We’re asking for bids over £100, to reflect the incredible amount of work and dedication it takes to make a one of a kind dolls’ house of this quality and beauty, not to mention the materials costs. Sandy is donating ALL of the proceeds to Inverkeithing Arts @ Maker, which will go into a ring-fenced fund for children’s art classes and other accessible arts activities. What a star!

The announcement of the highest bidder, (the house’s new owner), will be made on Saturday 15th December at 2pm. We invite all bidders along, and we’ll be partying it up with some festive sips and nibbles! If you make a bid and can’t make it – and you win – don’t worry, we’ll get in touch with you ASAP.

Good luck!

Jane and Mary (and Sandy)

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Drawing for Fun – with kids

There were some wonderful goings on at Maker on Saturday mornings over 6 weeks in October and November. Rosie Gibson adapted her very popular adults’ class ‘Drawing for Fun’ for kids. Rosie bases her classes on the book ‘Drawing on the Right  Side of the Brain’ by Betty Edwards. Rosie says “our left brain is our bossy brain, which can have an annoying habit of telling us we’re rubbish at drawing!” She develops methods to quieten this critical, but sometimes self-critical faculty, encouraging the the more visual and creative right side to look more closely at its subject, take its time and develop the artists’ observational skills. 

The 6 girls who joined Rosie found the work challenging at times, but always enjoyable, and were very encouraged by their growing skills in observation and the resulting drawings. During the classes there was an air of great concentration and developing self-confidence. Rosie also encourages her students by discussing artworks which they have done at home and brought in to show her.  

As a teacher, Rosie makes getting together on a Saturday morning to draw seem like the very best way to start the weekend!

Rosie’s kids ‘Drawing for Fun’ classes received funding from the Common Good Fund and Community Culture Grant.

If you are interested in adding your name for future ‘Drawing for Fun’ classes with Rosie, either for adults or children, email us at info@inverkeithingarts.org or call 01383 271839.

Maker: Workshop Space, Gift Shop and Gallery, 2a High Street, Inverkeithing, KY11 1NN

Visiting The Ave

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Visitors to photographer Leanna Tanner’s exhibition at Maker have been really enjoying her work, often prompted to recall their own memories of childhood and adolescence. Her images evoke a sense of specific place, as well as a universality and multitude of experience. The children in her images express incredible vivacity, physical confidence, and a sense of joy and freedom. Her photography of the landscape and streetscape of Fraser Avenue as it changes during the re-building process have also been much admired, in particular a spectacular image of the iconic three Forth Bridges from a perspective normally not visible to tourists.

Leanna’s work is cross-disciplinary, incorporating stylised techniques of fashion photography with the narrative approach of visual story telling. She works with local make-up artists and stylists, and actively encourages photographic subjects to contribute to the content and direction of her image making.

The exhibition is supported by Inverkeithing Arts Initiative and Kingdom Housing Association’s Community Initiative Fund.

The exhibition will run from September 15th – October 5th, 2018 in our gallery space at 2a High Street, Inverkeithing. During the run of the current exhibitio, ‘THE AVE’, Maker will extend its opening hours to include Wednesday afternoons.

Temporary Hours are as follows:
Wednesdays 1 – 5.30 pm
Thurs- Sat 10.am – 5.30 pm

Leanna Turner – The Ave

September 15th – October 5th, 2018

Photographic artist Leanna Tanner is staging her first solo exhibition of work at Maker, Inverkeithing. The exhibition will run from September 15th – October 5th, 2018 in our gallery space at 2a High Street, Inverkeithing.

Leanna’s project shines a light on the regeneration area of Fraser Avenue, acknowledging the history of lives lived and their stories. Her beautiful, contemporary and celebratory images illustrate her own experience of childhood and encourage participants to contribute to the continuing story of Fraser Avenue’s history.

Leanna’s work is cross-disciplinary, incorporating stylised techniques of fashion photography with the narrative approach of visual story telling. She works with local make-up artists and stylists, and actively encourages photographic subjects to contribute to the content and direction of her image making.

Leanna’s wish was to stage her first exhibition of creative work in her own community of Inverkeithing, and we are delighted to encourage an emerging local artist to exhibit her work at Maker, home base for Inverkeithing Arts.

A big thank you!

To all our visitors to Maker over the Central Fife Open Studios weekend on 1st and 2nd September. Your interest and enthusiasm in our work, and your continued support of artists and makers in Central Fife was inspirational! Many of you took the time to listen to us talk about our work, as well as admiring it, and that is incredibly helpful in itself for our creative process. Our individual web and facebook sites are:

www.janefrancis.net

www.facebook.com/MaryFarrell/Jewellery

Our work will continue to be on show until Saturday 8th September at Maker, 2a High Street Inverkeithing.

 

 

nearly ready – CFOS 2018

Mary Farrell and Jane Francis have been busy today getting last minute things ready for the Central Fife Open Studios event CFOS 2018 at Maker, 2a High Street, Inverkeithing. They’ll be there all day Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd September so if you fancy coming in to have a look at what they’ve been up to as artists and makers over the last year…

Central Fife Open Studios – 2018

Mary Farrell and Jane Francis will be in Maker on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd September, 10am -6pm, as they are taking part in this great open doors event across central Fife. The concept behind CFOS is that artists and makers across the region invite the public into their studios. Some artists view the event as an opportunity to get new finished work out into the public arena and get in touch with new and old customers, while others see it as an opportunity to get feedback on their current work. Whatever you find going on in the studios, ts a wonderful opportunity to go for a jaunt around the area and pop in to see artists and makers in situ.

Jane Francis

This year Jane has been developing some of the concepts she has been thinking about since 2016, and has been making artist’s books, oil painting and perfume! She welcomes anyone who would like to come and chat about her work during this development phase. She will have some prints and cards for sale and maybe a painting or two!

 

Mary Farrell

Mary will be showing some of her latest jewellery designs, inspired by her fascination with natural forms. She will also have examples of some of her best loved collections for sale during the weekend.