DECO: Head to the Spring Fling design event in Dumfries and Galloway

19th May 2013

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Head to the Spring Fling design event in Dumfries and Galloway

One of Scotland's top visual arts and craft open-studio events takes place this weekend. See work by nearly 100 talented designer-makers, who include textile designers, glassblowers, metalworkers, ceramicists and painters

Geoff Forrest will demonstrate how to make baskets from willow at the Spring Fling event, which takes place across Dumfries and Galloway in south west Scotland. He's one of 93 exhibitors taking part in this popular event. To avoid gridlock on rural roads, the organizers have busbike or walking tours for visitors. FInd details on the website.

Enjoy a Spring Fling with some of Scotland's most talented designer-makers over the Bank Holiday weekend. They'll be opening their studios to the public and visitors can not only see and buy products, but have a chance to try their own hand at a variety of crafts - such as making willow baskets or printing onto fabric. 

Be the first to get hold of beautiful hand-printed silk scarves and other items from textile artist Laura Perry’s new range. Find her at  Wallaceton, near Dunscore.

Architectural blacksmith Adam Booth will be launching 'By Piper’s Forge', a range of beautifully-designed pieces that including fire irons, candlesticks, letter racks and objet d’art. He's inKirkpatrick Durham. Acclaimed Langholm-based cabinetmaker Daniel Laceywho likes to work with wood that has fallen or blown down, rather than been deliberately felled, is previewing a small range of limited edition furniture, such as blanket boxes and bedside cabinets. You can also find out more about a project supported by Lacey which is working to revive the biodiversity of Langholm Moor.

Ceramicist Wendy Kershaw, who's in Kipford, Dalbeattie, will be demonstrating how she creates her narrative illustrations on porcelain. Andy Priestman is celebrating 40 years as a ceramicistand is giving tours of his impressive purpose-built studios in a Glentrool beauty spot. He's also holding a sale of seconds and old stock - find him at Bargrennan, near Newton Stewart.

Make your way to Caerlaverock and seek out wildlife artist Keith Brown, who's showing the various stages his work goes through before it becomes a finished piece.  If you get to Wigtown, you should come across a pack of 15 String Dogs made by fibre artistJoanne B Kaar. The dogs, which don't bite, are made from grasses gathered up by the residents of Wigtown no less. Also, watch out for special offers and discounts of up to 20 per cent available to members of theSpring Fling Friends scheme – see www.spring-fling.co.uk/friends for details.