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Walking, Talking and Mapping.

Walking and talking. Something most of us do every day without any regard as to how much our brains are thanking us for participating in this most basic of human […]

A Calder Christmas

Mobiles, stabiles and drawing with lines and air. Alexander Calder has had an enormous impact on my understanding of how simplicity and the understated has the power to connect us […]

Gestalt and me

Gestalt has its origins in Germany. Roughly translated it means ‘whole’, ‘pattern’ or ‘form’. In essence, it is an appreciation that things cannot be broken down into their component parts […]

The Gambia and beyond!

This is Fatou and she lives in The Gambia. In the shade of a Mango tree (Mangifera indica), she spoke about her traditions and beliefs surrounding the local herbs and […]

Alien landscapes

Fungi (singular: fungus) are a kingdom of usually multicellular, eukaryotic organisms that are heterotrophs. They have important roles in nutrient cycling in an ecosystem and they also have interdependent associations […]

Just another autumn day?

Going for a walk is a daily occurrence for lots of us. We distractedly gather together our hats, gloves, scarves and head out into the leafy lanes and wander around […]

Getting from A to Z

Synergy noun The interaction or cooperation of two or more organisations, substances or other agents to produce a combined effect greater than the sum of the separate effects. Yoshimi Futumara […]

Conversations with myself

‘Conversation Piece’ by Juan Muñoz has been an installation I have visited for many years. There are 22 life size bronze figures that appear to be in deep conversation with […]

Annie Cattrell: inspirational elements

Annie Cattrell, From Within, Cast Silver 2007 On Tuesday this week I met Annie Cattrell; artist, lecturer and a genuinely lovely person. I sat in the background and listened whilst Cathy […]

Bitumen, Copper and me

I knew that removing the bituminous layer from my copper would require staying power and strength but it is proving to be testing all previous expectations and moving into “I’m […]

Crafting Art

Nora Fok’s exhibition “New Threads” is currently showing at the Inverness Museum and Art Gallery and walking around these intricately woven pieces of wearable art I am in awe. Nora […]

The end and the beginning

It is a complex process imagining a sculpture. I wander through a seemingly endless stream of possibilities that can be hampered along the way by a multitude of challenges. Tiredness […]

Relational Aesthetics and beyond!

Art critic, author and curator, Nicolas Bourriaud had recognised that artists during the 1990s were developing their practices and beginning to move towards participatory art as opposed to object based […]

Rooted in Sound

Today was an exciting day. I made sound! Admittedly, the sound was not altogether tuneful, but I made sound nonetheless. Creative learning is a gift we give to our children […]

Nomadic Boulders

Oh what joy: bouldering around the Nomadic Boulders on a blustery day at John ‘O’ Groats with the lure of the Pentland Skerries tantalizingly close and the Orkney coastline whispering […]


Origin of the word “influence” Late Middle English: from Old French, or from medieval Latin influentia inflow, from Latin influere, from in- into + fluere to flow. The word originally […]