NEOS 2015

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The annual Open Studio is here again – but it’s very, very quiet. It’s nice to have the house tidy, but I’m wondering whether it’s due to the drop in the oil price (folk with less disposable income so not … Continue reading

Ghost Flowers

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I made these last autumn, and sold several before I had got around to photographing them (plus ca change). I’m now working on a larger installation, but the flowers have come out more like bones…

Coast 2015

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‘A Sense of Mystery’ was shown in the drawing room at Banff Castle as part of the Coast Festival. It has taken a very long time to put together some photographs. It was shown in the dark, but is very difficult … Continue reading

Opening the Eye

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It’s easy to get fogged up with detail. Grasping the technicalities of making any sort of paper is crucial to get the result you need. Standing back from the the finished piece is always, however, a bit surprising.

Lightening up

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More circular objects. I sometimes worry about the preoccupation with circles, fearing it is too easy, the lowest common denominator. In a way, of course it is. The discs of the sun and moon, the perfect circle created by a drop … Continue reading

The Blues

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I have worked in cotton for some time; because it is completely opaque, the relationship it forms with pigment is somewhat different to the flax/linen. if you cast pigmented pulp, the coloured particles can migrate through the wet stuff, only … Continue reading


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The Buddha taught the first monks and nuns to make their robes of “pure” cloth, which meant cloth that no one wanted. Types of pure cloth included cloth that had been chewed by rats or oxen, scorched by fire, soiled … Continue reading

Money Bowls

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I have been playing with ground-up money from the royal mint for some time, and have so far found it decorative, but not yet, interestingly, charged with meaning. This may change.     In the meantime, here are some pretty bowls. … Continue reading


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I last posted in this blog in November – 10 months ago – so there’s some catching up to do. I have been occupied with the Peace Paper  in Moray (February and March) and with the creation of our new … Continue reading