About the Artist
Rachel Davies: I create contemporary mosaics using slate, stone and glass. Each small piece is cut by hand and positioned to create texture and dimension in my work.
Gwen Dean: I produce textile art inspired by Scotland’s breathtaking scenery and incredible wildlife. The paintings are created using wet-felting and needle-felting techniques.
Rachel Davies: I have been making mosaics for several years, learning from mosaic artists around the world. I have experimented with various materials but ultimately am drawn to those which can add texture and dimension to my work. I love using natural materials such as slate and stone. I use the traditional hammer and hardie, along with hand nippers to break the materials into small pieces (tesserae), which I then use to build lines and create my work.
I have recently returned to Scotland after living in the USA for a few years and this is my first open studios event.
Gwen Dean: I'm an ecologist and a mother to a wonderful, loving, serious, occasionally grumpy and surprisingly loud four year old boy.
As an ecologist, I have a keen interest in the natural world. Accordingly, the art I produce is inspired by Scotland's breathtaking scenery and incredible wildlife. My felt paintings are created by building up layers of coloured merino wool, before using barbed needles, hot soapy water and a lot of elbow grease(!) to compact or tangle the wool fibres together. I add further detail using machine and free-hand embroidery.
We look forward to welcoming you to the studio!
Throughout open studios we will be running some 'have a go' sessions. Come along and try your hand at mosaics, felting or both! You can make a mosaic pendant for a necklace, a felted soap or a piece of coloured felt. There will be a small charge to cover materials.
Space for these activities is limited so please book your place by calling Rachel on 07475880664 or Gwen on 07758230384
This is a working studio so there will be demonstrations of both mosaic making and felt making every day. Refreshments and home-baking will also be available.