A Wee Bit of Light Relief is a collaborative venture by three Edinburgh based makers. Their practise as individuals straddles a variety of disciplines – Julia trained as a textile artist, Clare as a sculptor and Rebecca as a ceramicist.
Their flagship piece is the eponymously titled ‘A Wee Bit of Light Relief’; a range of chandeliers in different sizes and configurations consisting of household objects, delicately cast in low relief, white, Bone China.
Susan Jones has always had fun with sewing, but recently she has begun selling her delightful crafts. She worked as a physical Education teacher in Glasgow schools for 30 years. Always creating soft furnishings for her home and others. Now that her two boys are at University she has time to devote to her crafting.
Recently, Karen’s work has become more conceptually based on the emergent sense of home and associated culture, promoting a sense of being, in relation to the life cycle and its many roads and journeys taken.
A versatile and adaptable multi-discipline artist, my primary interests lie in ceramics, sculpture and painting. As well as formal art/craft training, my broad experience includes folk art, restoration of horse-drawn caravans, sign writing, and arts in education and the community.
I produce a range of products including oil burners, salad bowls, wine bottle coasters, candle stands, solitaire boards, wooden wall plaques inlaid with crushed granite and also using recycled crushed glass.
Contemporary jewellery and silversmithing inspired by the structures of boats and sea-worn textures. Kirsty works mainly in silver and wood, often incorporating pieces of collected flotsam and uses hammer texturing, folding, forging and raising techniques to create a range of cutlery, bowls, boxes, jewellery and many other objects.
A trip to Isle Ornsay on the Isle of Skye in 1978 inspired Laurence Broderick's first stone carving of an otter, where he now holds his annual summer exhibitions. He was able to see otters swimming in the bay below the Gallery An Talla Dearg and learned of Gavin Maxwell - author of 'Ring of Bright Water' - who dedicated much of his life to looking after and writing about these rare and fascinating creatures.
The Scottish Tourist Board have awarded the gallery, An Talla Dearg with three stars in recognition of the very high standard of the sculpture exhibition.
She designs and develops Jewellery & interior pieces with a hand on approach. “It is a firm belief of my new practice that to merely design an object through an interface is neither craft nor art, a hands-on approach/background in the design and development is key to the integrity of its origin and being of the world.”
Libby deploys the use high quality materials: after recently obtaining design registrations on a selection of her work, she has been redeveloping existing work and new designs, which include wood and plastics, for a design brand named Day2.
Weckner Design is an Edinburgh based furniture redesigner, creating unique and functional design with a combination of Scandinavian, retro, functionalist, contemporary style, with the purpose to encourage sustainable living.
Lise Bech lives and works in the Southern Uplands of Scotland, where she grows a wide range of willows (Salix species) for her basketmaking.