Alternative Giving 08


Rosanne Barr

Featured Artist

Rosanne Barr landscapes are not directly representative of a location or pictorial viewpoint. The colours of the sea can be transferred to mountain, flowers to sky.

They are formed by the movement of brush and paint in response to the artist’s impression of scenic beauty – the sky, sea and landforms of Scotland and abroad.

Rosanne Barr landscapes are not directly representative of a location or pictorial viewpoint. The colours of the sea can be transferred to mountain, flowers to sky.

They are formed by the movement of brush and paint in response to the artist’s impression of scenic beauty – the sky, sea and landforms of Scotland and abroad.

These paintings, in turn, invite a response from the viewer, which can recall memories of a place once visited or of one which lies in the mind’s eye. They are Lands of Escape

Rosanne was born n 1981 in the village of Gartocharn at the south end of Loch Lomond. She experienced the natural beauty of the countryside from an early age, finding inspiration in the far north of Scotland at Balnakiel in Sutherland, Arisaig and Altbea, Ross and Cromarty.

In 2003 she graduated with a First Class Honours degree from Duncan of Jordanstone College or Art and was awarded a Licentiate in Distinction by the Society of Designer Craftsmen.

“...bold brushed landscapes, deftly mixing realism, impressionism, and a

dash of the Colourists Always inspired by Scotland’s landscapes”

The Herald 8.03.08

She now works from her studio in Invergowerie, Perthshire.


Free Blown Glass

Chris Comins

Featured Artist

Chris has a very distinctive style, working with recycled dartington

glass to produce interesting and unique hand blown pieces of the

highest quality.

He has served apprenticeships with many talented glass makers including Sam Herman.

His main body of work concentrates on sculptural glass perfume bottles. The work is initially formed hot at the furnace. Much of the colouring is done at this stage. More work may be done in the kiln or cold with diamond tools.

The bottles are a production work. Yet they remain dynamic and

fluid. The colour creates a continuous dialogue with the glass - a

dialogue which decides the final form. Each one is different, unique.

Chris creates stunning glassware of the highest quality from his

studio in Blakeney, Gloucestershire.

Free Blown Glass

Knitted Lifestyle Accessories

Lorraine Linton "INTO" Textile Design

Featured Artist

INTO produces a collection of individually knitted lifestyle accessories, engineered to a unique aesthetic, infusing lucid patterns with elaborate decorative elements.

Established in 2004, INTO was conceived by the designer-maker Lorraine Linton, a graduate of the Scottish College of Textiles

INTO designs begin with graphic, pictorial jacquards or simplistic geometrics constructed from lambswool yarn. These surface

patterns, enhanced with vibrant colour palettes, are boiled to

provide a stable structure suitable for bags and hotties. The addition of organic embellishments grown from manipulative felting techniques help create eccentric egg cosies, woolly jewellery and irregular scarves.

By exploring scale, traditional components become exaggerated. Scarves are skinny with large bobbles and beaded necklaces develop overstated proportions. The result is a unique and light-hearted creation exploring unusual knitted applications.

Knitted Lifestyle Accessories


Hayley Mardon

Featured Artist

“Repeated forms are the language I use to create objects

that come to life when worn on the body. The simple connections allow the work to retain a sense of spontaneity and freshness. The bold forms have roots in my visual memories of my home in Zimbabwe.

My love of painting has led to a fascination with colour and texture which I express through the processes of layering and rubbing back surfaces, just as if I were working on canvas. This is shown in my use of enamel where I leave some areas matt and some shiny and again with the dyed wood where the grain is revealed. I often leave the marks made whilst working on the piece as I feel these are relevant and important in understanding its construction.

Recently I have begun to experiment with objects in space. By using objects to cast shadows and then creating new forms from these. At times I use empty spaces in my work, to represent the absence of objects.

I have recently joined MADE, a fair trade company producing

fashion jewellery for Topshop.”

Hayley graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 2007.



Helga Mogensen

Featured Artist

Helga graduated from the Jewellery and Silversmithing Department of Edinburgh College of Art in 2007. She has returned to her home in Iceland, where she continues to work on her concept based jewellery.

I read somewhere that the work most personal to the individual

maker also tends to be the work that people will be most interested

in. The nature of symbols and drawings which have influence my

attempts over the past several years are personal and therefore

come through in my body of work as such.

Objects such as tiny chairs quietly represent people and places which

are missing from my life or conversely represent the ‘me’ who has gone missing instead. The idea of ‘home’ is pivotal to my work since being so far away from home makes me appreciate its subtle nuances. Things like how much I miss mum’s home-cooking no doubt served as the inspiration for all the tiny forks I have made. Whatever the final result, rest assured, a personal sense emphasising a comfort of home has been communicated and imparted to the piece.

The body of work also reflects a strong relationship with my family and our special retreat in the countryside of Iceland, where my connection with this place and its’ important significance in my life is represented

through my works’ use of driftwood and fish skin.



Angela Pointon

I have been fortunate to study in the Universities of Cambridge and Liverpool and latterly at The Glasgow School of Art.

My first career was as a medical radiotherapy physicist but with time spent living in Asia I discovered the ceramic world and all that it encompasses.

Designing colourful drawings and patterns which can be widely applied has great appeal for me also to meet the challenge of transference between two dimensions and three.

By allowing the drawing to integrate with each technique, slip-casting,

hand-building and throwing, sharp and blurred images and edges,

focussed and unfocussed moments are created. By allowing the parts of the mould making process to be the forms themselves, the negative and positive spaces are exposed bringing about a closer focus on the

moments in the making experience. The colour can be vibrant yet subtle, clear and still then moving speedily through. The shiny and matt surfaces illustrate the beauty of the material and the clarity of the ceramic result.

These pieces combine form, colour and pattern with the intention of

exploring the space where ideas and places move into objects each

conveying their own moments of clarity.



Julie Pettitt

Julie Pettitt, licentiate of the Society of Designer Craftsmen, selected

member of the Essex Crafts Society and recipient of the John Dan

Ceramics Award is a ceramicist working from her studio in West Bergholt, Colchester.

Julie studied at the Colchester Institute school of Art and Design.

She is the only student in the history of the Art school to have completed and followed through the three consecutive courses ie. GNVQ, Advanced GNVQ and Art & Design BA (Hons) degree.

Julie specialises in designing and producing unique interior

accessories that are both useful and beautiful. Julie uses a variety

of techniques to produce her work. Techniques include slip casting

combined with body stains and marbling. All pieces are hand

made in porcelain by Julie.

I work with a fine French porcelain slip which I then colour. The

colours that I use are one’s which I have personally developed and

named; Blush, Shy, Patient, Joy, Naive and Calm.

I have a long held interest in visual qualities of delicacy combined

with innocence which retain a degree of sophistication. My work is

both functional and decorative. By pushing my medium (porcelain)

to its limits in its liquid form I take advantage of its translucency and

lightness. Through exploration of colouring, developing and

personalising the traditional process of slip casting I have been

drawn towards natures patterns, movements and lighting effects.



Ian Fry

Ian Fry was born in Edinburgh in 1956. He studied illustration and

design at Glasgow School of Art, graduating in 1978. During that

time he lived in West Kilbride.

After freelancing as a book and advertising illustrator for several

years in the UK and Germany, he moved to Canada in 1985. For

ten years he worked as an independent illustrator from a studio in

Vancouver’s Gastown. In 1995 he decided to devote more

energy to his painting and rented a studio in Kleewyck, on the

Capilano River in North Vancouver. There he painted several very

large commissions, primarily for private collectors in Japan. He

moved to Bowen Island’s west side and in a studio in Artisan


Fry’s paintings are in corporate and private collections throughout

Canada and the US as well as in German, Israel, Japan, New

Zealand and the UK. He lives with his wife, writer Julia Andres.


Screen Printed and Embellished Textiles

Astrid Weigel

Astrid Wiegel produces a range of unique handcrafted items for the home.

Fabrics are designed, screen printed and embellished further by hand and machine stitching and individually hand painted. There is a common theme running throughout the range and each piece is a one-off original.

Cushion covers are made using natural materials, some of which will be

re-cycled / vintage cottons and are supplied with a feather filled pad measuring approximately 40cm square. It is recommended to dry / spot clean items and use a cotton setting with your iron.

Astrid works from a studio in her home in Newmilns,


Screen Printed and Embellished Textiles