The Woods of Cawdor

These finished images are from a walk around the woods of Cawdor Castle with my friend James. It was a beautiful sunny Sunday morning at the end of March, you can see read and see more images from the whole trip here. The work continue my fascination with trees, woodlands and forests. There is a wonderful constantly changing…

Scotland in Spring

When the sun is out, which does happen occasionally, usually at the most unexpected times, nowhere is more beautiful than Scotland. The one thing you can really count on is the complete unpredictability of the weather. I have just returned from 6 days at home, and I was assured by my Mum that the weather…

Walhalla, Anselm Keifer at White Cube

Walhalla, Anselm Keifer at White Cube Sometimes trying to describe art is a self-defeating exercise, as it is the atmosphere and emotions created by experiencing the work that are key. If you are in London this weekend try and get to see this Anselm Keifer exhibition at the White Cube, Bermondsey. ‘Walhalla’, as the title suggests,…

Christmas Cards

For nearly a decade I’ve made my own Christmas cards. In this digital age, the act of actually printing an image and attaching it to a handmade card and then writing it and putting it in a post box may seem archaic, but I still think it is a great way to show that you…

The Daily Portrait

Back at the tail end of 2012, I decided to start a project with my new iPhone 5 (!) to test the camera. With the majority of us having smartphones, I felt there was no excuse not to utilise the cameras in our pockets, and the myriad of image apps available. I managed 142 portraits…

Speed of Light – Terence Donovan

Beginnings and endings, it’s funny how often they affect the way we think about what goes on in the middle. Very often though they have little relevance to what goes in-between. ‘Speed of Light’ is the first major retrospective of the work of Terence Donovan (though there was a show of his work ‘The Eye…

The Trip (A Collaboration and a Dream)

I’m not sure how this started, and yet here we are, already there. The beautiful scenery and the idyllic peacefulness. And yet… That state of relaxed contemplation remains just out of reach; something is out of kilter. I can feel it, unsettling the mood and putting us all on edge. None of us can put…

The Protea – beauty in death

We tend to keep flowers long after they’ve been at their best. I much prefer blooms when they are fading and loosing their petals, they’re far more interesting to photograph. The last time we bought Proteas, we kept them long after their prime and I’m so glad we did. The shell and seeds of this plant…

The Towpath

Living in a creative house, sometimes it’s difficult to keep on top of things. The textile artist half of moderneccentics, @spottedhyenas, often works with found and salvaged objects. Our lovely flat sometimes starts to resemble an indoor treasure trove of interesting things on a good day, or a hoarders paradise on a bad day. But…

‘Cosmic Surgery’ Alma Haser at the Photographers’ Gallery

I love the Photographers’ Gallery. My membership has been a barometer to how flush I was feeling but it was the first gallery or museum I joined when I moved to London in my twenties. In fact, one of my few true regrets involves their print room, when the gallery was in it’s old home…

Made You Look: Dandyism And Black Masculinity

As a teenager growing up in St Andrews in the eighties, The Face was my introduction to so many things –  one of my favourite bands New Order, the photographer Arthur Tress (his image ‘Hermaphrodite behind Venus and Mercury’ is burnt into my consciousness) and indeed the idea of style itself. It was also my…

Textile Foundation 2016 Part 1 – Private View

Last Wednesday was the Private View for Morley College‘s highly successful Textile Foundation course. With slightly fewer students compared to last year’s intake, each artist had a little more space at the Morley Gallery to make their mark. That all changed of course on the evening of the opening, when the gallery was full to…