Ayrshire, Arran, and a handmade book

February 17, 2011 § 1 Comment

I’ve just come back from five days up in Scotland, where I got wet with rain, failed to climb Goat Fell on Arran (it was too too too misty), ate too much for breakfast, and generally had a lovely time. Here are some bits from my sketchbook…

…and here is the book itself, which I made from a pattern by Sarah Edmonds (if you fancy doing something similar, find out more here. It’s amazingly satisfying working in a book that is so completely your own thing.) When I wasn’t stomping about enjoying emptiness and mountains and ocean and sky, I went into Glasgow and then got a bus out to see the Burrell Collection. Anybody who is interested in anything and happens to be near Glasgow should definitely do the same. It is a joyous mixture of Gorgeous Things (pottery so old it made my head spin and original Degas drawings and Ming vases and Suzani embroideries from Central Asia and big awe-inspiring tapestries and tiny delicate teapots and more and more and more…) housed in a gorgeous building in the middle of a country park.

At the moment, they are also exhibiting China Through The Lens of John Thompson. I don’t know when I was last so excited by a collection of photographs – go and put them into your eyes!

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