I have a long-held fascination with the root networks of fungi, only recently revealed to thread our underworld in a delicate, almost invisible vastness weaving for miles beneath the deep dark soil, helping our tree-friends along the way.Read More
The Oyster Party was originally a night that Michael Pederson was to host with his close friend, artistic collaborator and Frightened Rabbit frontman Scott Hutchinson, to celebrate a year since the launch of his poetry collection Oyster, which Scott beautifully illustrated. But with Scott’s tragic passing Pederson decided instead to make the event a tribute to Hutchinson’s life and work. Close friends Hollie McNish, Withered Hand and E A Hanks joined him to pay homage to their talented friend in what I anticipated a deeply emotional gathering.Read More
From Walker Studio, an imprint of Walker Books, publishers of Trees and the beautifully illustrated Animals, comes Surprising Birds. The creation of French-Swedish designer, Elodie Jarret, who also designed Big Dog, Little Dog, this ‘lift-the flap’ and learn book is intended to teach colours to children between the ages of three and seven, though arguably even younger readers will quite happily giggle and point their way through to the very end. Chunky, sturdy, square and pleasing to hold, every thick cardboard double page opens out to reveal a boldly colourful and peculiar bird that kids will wish could leap out from the pages and come to life.Read More
.As Saturday’s enthusiastic rugby crowds were attempting the perilous journey home, stepping into the warm, welcoming, creative space of Edinburgh’s Fruitmarket Gallery was most welcome. This Strange Invitation, courtesy of the Fruitmarket and Lost Map Records, to enter the gallery space ‘after-hours’ was pleasingly akin to the illicit feeling of being locked in a department store after closing time.
Billed as a night of “fun ‘n frolics at the Fruitmarket”, ambient music and an open bar welcomed guests in from the cold to this well-loved arts venue, which recently hosted a week of artist’s films, installations, performances and music called Open Out.
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