Spent some time today looking at, listening to and playing Sarah Kenchington's Wind Pipes for Edinburgh installation which was commissioned for the 2013 Edinburgh Art Festival.
This elaborate work is created from over 100 decommissioned organ pipes, assembled from salvage yards and eBay, powered by six large bellows.
The installation can be found in Trinity Apse, just off the High Street. This originally formed part of Trinity College Kirk which was demolished in 1848 to make room for Waverley Station. It was intended that the entire kirk would be rebuilt from carefully numbered pieces of masonry, but ultimately just one transept and the choir were rebuilt on the current site, renamed Trinity Apse.
Posted by Simon Lewin on August 28th, 2013
We're pleased to announce the launch of a short film about the work of Ed Kluz.
Filmed and edited by Alun Callender, Ed Kluz discusses his work, inspiration and working practices. The film is shot on location at Racton Tower in West Sussex and at Ed's Brighton studio and home.
Posted by Simon Lewin on April 10th, 2013
Artist, designer and illustrator Ed Kluz opens his home in Brighton this weekend with a selling exhibition of paintings, prints, drawings and paper collages inspired by local history and landmarks. His screen-printed fabrics designed for St Jude’s will also be on show with cushion covers available for purchase. A range of Christmas decorative papers and items will also be on sale.
The exhibition is on the third floor of an 1820s townhouse on Norfolk Square. Be prepared for stairs. Find out more
Posted by Simon Lewin on December 12th, 2012
I took a trip up to Speyside last week for the opening ceremony of Knockando Woolmill.
We're working on another project with the Mill - more on that soon (you might like to sign up for their newsletter for details of this - and to enter their monthly prize draw).
Here are some words from Dr. Jana Hutt, chair of the Knockando Woolmill Trust, about the event...
"The Woolmill was filled with over 120 guests, Trustees, volunteers and staff to greet HRH The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay. We were celebrating the (almost) completion of the restoration of the Woolmill. The sun shone and the autumn colours glowed.
The Duke had visited the Woolmill prior to restoration and we were anxious that that he would be pleased with the results. luckily, he seemed delighted with all he saw. He met a variety of people involved with restoration project from funders to the main contractor. He was especially interested in the Old Shop, the Design Studio where all our cloth is designed, the cafe, where he discussed the merits of different quiches, and, of course, the machinery. The refurbished carding set and spinning mule ran beautifully. Before leaving, the Duke then 'unveiled' the commemorative paddle by starting the waterwheel going.
The guests then had a celebratory drink and lunch. Huge thanks to all who worked so hard to make the day a stunning success."
Find out more about Knockando Woolmill - including details of opening times, tours and other events via the Knockando Woolmill website.
Posted by Simon Lewin on October 17th, 2012
Took a trip to Edinburgh's Dovecot Studios on Saturday to see their centenary exhibition Weaving The Century, bringing together the largest collection of tapestries ever exhibited in the UK.
The exhibition features works by David Hockney, Paul Gauguin, Elizabeth Blackadder, Sir Peter Blake, Edward Wadsworth, Cecil Beaton, Graham Sutherland, Eduardo Paolozzi, Louise Nevelson and Claire Barclay.
One favourite piece was a tapestry designed by Edward Bawden. We'd encourage you to take a trip to the exhibition to see this up close.
Posted by Simon Lewin on August 19th, 2012
In 1989 photographer Roy Hammans was asked to record the interior of Edward Bawden's house in Saffron Walden, shortly after his death, by artist Olive Cook on behalf of the Fry Gallery.
We'd also recommend a visit to the Fry Art Gallery in Saffron Walden where you can see work by Bawden and Cook - alongside many other artists who lived in or had connections with Great Bardfield.
Photographs © Roy Hammans 2010. All rights reserved.
Posted by Simon Lewin on July 18th, 2012
Here's another of our favourite Dualchas buildings. The Kayak House (top) with replaced an old shed (below) on a small island off the coast of Skye. Would love to see it for ourselves sometime. Find out more via Archetcetera
Posted by Simon Lewin on June 19th, 2012
Last night we attended the Moray heat of the Inverness Architectural Association awards and were delighted to win the 'New Life For Old Buildings' category for our steading conversion up here on Speyside.
Credit for this award should be shared by our architect, Mary Arnold-Forster of Skye based practice Dualchas and our tireless main contractor, Willie Grant. This blog posting is really our way of publicly thanking them for doing such an amazing job.
There are five more local regional heats to go (the awards cover a vast area from Shetland to Lochaber, from the Western Isles to Moray) with the final awards being announced in November.
Here are a few snaps of the project, with a some 'befores' to start off with...
Posted by Simon Lewin on June 13th, 2012
As part of our St. Jude's In The City exhibition in London which opens to the public on 24th May 2012, Emily Sutton will be exhibiting a series of High Street paintings.
Born and raised in the depths of North Yorkshire, Emily studied at the Edinburgh College of Art. With a lifelong love of drawing, painting and crafting, Emily uses a combination these approaches in her current work, producing paintings, prints and handmade birds - as featured in World of Interiors magazine.
Emily is inspired by the relics of a bygone era and afternoons immersed in the contents of the Museum of Childhood in Edinburgh and recently illustrated a children's book for the V&A Museum in London - now in its second edition.
Posted by Simon Lewin on May 18th, 2012
Work commitments means that we're very reluctantly able to be in London tonight for the opening of Ed Kluz's Theatre Britannica exhibition hosted by Ben Pentreath and Bridie Hall.
The exhibition features drawings, collages and other works by Ed who is fascinated by the objects of our cultural heritage. He seeks out the eccentric, the lost and the overlooked. Follies, curiosities, vanished buildings and folk lore inspire artworks which explore themes of renewal and reinvention.
Ben and Bridie have very kindly let us display Ed's fabrics for St. Jude's in one of their Rugby Street windows. I have to say we're delighted with how Painswick is looking in situ.
Here are some of the works exhibited. From top to bottom: a window display featuring Ed's Painswick fabric, Old London After Canaletto, Dundee Arch, Gothick Cottage, A Norwich Prospect and The Dunmore Pineapple.
Posted by Simon Lewin on May 9th, 2012