Jane Francis – “I’ve recently taken the exciting step of having some of my artwork professionally copied and made into prints and greeting cards, hopefully making my work more accessible to a larger audience.”
Has anybody else had experience with turning their artwork into prints and/or cards? Did you manage to reach out to a wider audience; what were your experiences with quality of prints, and how did having this done effect your practice as an artist?
You’ll find Jane’s prints and cards at Maker, 2a High Street Inverkeithing, and My Cherry Pie at 301 High Street Kirkcaldy.
Creative Activities at Maker
2a, High Street, Inverkeithing
There has been much activity recently at Maker, Inverkeithing’s dedicated space for socially engaged and creative activities.
Local artist Rosie Gibson has continued teaching her brilliant ‘Drawing for Fun’ course, based on exercises which challenge the right side of the brain to observe and describe what it sees. She has run the course with two groups, and looks set to continue well into 2018, with the potential for more groups to begin the course. Her current students have thoroughly enjoyed practicing the processes and techniques Rosie introduces – and in return have surprised themselves by creating really beautiful drawings.
Artist, illustrator and writer Jeanne Dron has developed our Tuesday drop-in drawing sessions into a wonderful opportunity for people to gather, talk, learn skills and techniques, and develop their own creativity. Participants have found the sessions to be extremely valuable for both skills-learning and as a sociable activity. Jeanne will also be running a workshop on June 17th ‘An Introduction to Needlefelting’ which will include learning techniques such as wet felting and making felt pictures. For more details about this class see our website www.inverkeithngarts.org or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Maker has also been the scene of meditation workshops with Jan McLaughlan (Juniper-J Therapies). These have been popular, proving that Maker is also an excellent and inspiring space for activities which develop personal growth and resilience-building – even without even picking up a pencil! Jan will be starting some new weekly meditations workshops later in the summer so do get in touch if this is of interest to you.
To find out more about any of the above activities email us at email@example.com or call 01383 271839. There will be more workshops and classes advertised in the near future on our website www.inverkeithingarts.org so don’t forget to check it out, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
images: Rosie’s students of ‘Drawing for Fun’ – Jeanne’s own incredible felt work – image for Jan’s meditation workshops
We’ve got lots of lovely new items in stock at the gift shop and gallery at Maker, all hand made and locally produced by Fife-based makers. Some from old favourites, and some exciting new pieces from makers who are completely new to us. If you want to create a feeling of hygge, or to coorie in during the winter months, what could be better than some beautiful, thoughtfully made pieces of art and craft?
Maker, 2a High Street, Inverkeithing. tel 01383 271839 email:firstname.lastname@example.org
For opening hours check website
We couldn’t resist showing you the results of this weekend’s Art Doll workshop at Maker. Thanks to Yelena Gibbons for her skillful instruction and to all of those who took part and enjoyed a weekend learning how to make these unique, hand crafted dolls. Further doll making sessions and projects are being planned before Christmas so watch this space, or check our website – www.inverkeithingarts.org – for information about dates and times.
Mary Farrell, jeweller & maker, and Jane Francis, visual artist, will be showing, selling and talking about their work from 2nd-9th September at Maker, 2a High Street Inverkeithing. The weekend of the 2nd and 3rd are the Central Fife Open Studios, when Maker will be part of a string of venues showing the work of exciting Fife-based artists and makers. Jane and Mary are delighted to be part of this event, which will showcase the amazing talent of people in the area. From Tuesday 5th to Saturday 9th (half day on Wednesday), Maker will continue to display their work and will be open for visits from the public. The workshop/exhibition space at Maker is wonderfully light and fresh and will make a great backdrop to the work of these two artists.
Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd, 10.30am-6pm
Monday 4th – Saturday 9th, 10am-5.30pm
On 2nd and 3rd September 2017 Maker will be one of the venues for the 2017 Central Fife Open Studios. Mary Farrell and Jane Francis will be showing and talking about their work in the workshop space at Maker on both days from 10.30am to 6pm.
to see the full listing of participating artists visit the CFOS website
Central Fife Open Studios has been set up to give professional artists and designers in Central Fife the opportunity to show their work to the public and celebrate the wealth of talent in this area.
The Open Studios offers the opportunity to talk to participating artists about how they create their work, their methods and sources of inspiration. There is also the chance to buy or commission a piece of original artwork from an exciting range of disciplines.
The Inverkeithing Memory Project exhibition has come back to Maker, 2a High Street, Inverkeithing, and will be displayed there until next Friday, 30th June. The artworks were created at Maker by the Memory Group, who met weekly to exchange memories of the past and hopes for the future during this time of change in Inverkeithing as Fraser Avenue gets demolished and rebuilt.
Some wee glimpses of the preparatory drawings Catherine has been doing this week in the window at Maker. She’s drawing buildings, landmarks and stories from locals. She’ll be taking all these elements and creating a larger drawing of Inverkeithing. Come in and say hello and give her your stories about the town!
Maker, 2a High Street, Inverkeithing – tel. 01383 271839 email@example.com
This group of present and former residents of Fraser Avenue and surrounding streets was formed with the support of Fife Council’s Community Learning and Development Service, and has been working with Inverkeithing Arts on creative ways to document the past, present and future of this iconic Inverkeithing street. The group includes people who moved here as children with their families, when the flats were first built, and were very excited by the modern and convenient living they offered. We also have people who were born and grew up here, as well as people who have moved into the street more recently, bringing their own children up in the area. The age range is thus from people in their 60s to those in their 20s. It’s also great to have a good gender balance within the group.
The memories evoked during the workshop sessions are nothing short of fascinating, and everyone in the group comes up with an extraordinary array of creative ideas to document and celebrate the area. The difficulty really is having enough time to complete them all! The group has gone from strength to strength, initially focusing on personal memories and reflections, which resulted in a wonderful array of art works, and is now currently working on a collaborative project to share their reflections with the wider public.
Inverkeithing Arts are proud to be facilitating the amazing creativity of this group, with the support of Fife Council Community Learning and Development Service. The group meets in our new workshop space at Maker, 2a High Street, which has become the natural ‘home’ for the group. We are delighted that the space is being used by residents of Inverkeithing in a way which really does it justice.
Watch this space for more news of the results of the collaborative project!
image: works in progress -Fraser Avenue Memory Art Projects
This powerful poem by Scottish poet Margaret Tait is the next in our series asking ‘what is love?’:
I didn’t want you cosy and neat and limited.
I didn’t want you to be understandable,
I wanted you to be mad and limitless,
Neither bound to me nor bound to anyone else’s or
your own preconceived idea of yourself.
Margaret Tait (b. 1918)
image: Ceramic Bird Pendant by Sarah Coonan
You’ll find Sarah’s beautiful jewellery and home accessories at Maker, 2a High Street, Inverkeithing, Fife. Opening hours 10am-5.30pm Tuesday – Saturday.