WASPS: Kirkcudbright Artists Feature in Spring Fling 2013

12th May 2013

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An impressive nine members of the Wasps studios in Canonwalls and Claverhouse, Kirkcudbright have been selected for this weekend’s Spring Fling visual art and craft open studios event.

Exhibitors have to be specially chosen to take part – guaranteeing that the annual 10,000 or so visitors to this region-wide event can enjoy the very best of Dumfries and Galloway’s abundant talent.

The number and range of WASPS participants have put Kirkcudbright at the very heart of Spring Fling 2013 – which runs from 25 to 27 May and is the biggest ever, with 93 artists and makers taking part.

The Wasps Spring Flingers are:
Katie Anderson – sculptor
• Maggie Ayres – mixed media
Claire Cameron Smith – printmaker
Ross Fulton – painter
Emma Kerr – textiles
• Morag MacPherson – textiles
Cressa McLaren – glass
Joanna McLeman Gisbey – jewellery, hats and other media
• Amy Winstanley – painter

Many of the artists value the event as a chance to raise their profile, make sales and attract commissions. Ross says he particularly sees it as a chance to meet people and get feedback on his work.

Meanwhile for Cressa it is a chance to showcase recent innovations in colour and design, including a new design process for creating draped pendant lampshades.

Visitors to Joanna’s studio will be able to see, among other things, a series of terracotta sculptures based on her experience of motherhood. Amy will be showing a series of paintings inspired by the natural world – she has a particular interest in its shapes, textures, complexity and beauty.

Emma Kerr will be using Spring Fling as the Launchpad for a new range of silk screen printed T-shirts featuring animal and naturalistic designs as part of her Elkbi brand.

The studios are open daily 10.30am to 5pm during the event and are free to visit. For location details, please click here.
Further information about the artists is available at http://spring-fling.co.uk/.