Today I decided to take a look at some of the venues in Fife which were opened up to the public through this Open Studio event. It is on for another two days so there’s plenty of time for you to take a look and I would highly recommend it. Primarily it just brings home what a wealth of creative talent we have in the North East of Scotland. Artists and crafts people open up their studios and homes and display their work; there’s often things to buy however you get the feeling that this is not the prime motive, rather that they just welcome the opportunity to talk to people about their work. I didn’t take many photos because it felt a little intrusive as you are in people’s homes however Moira Anne Dickson did let me take a photo of this wonderful cushion which was on display in the Off the Rails Arthouse in Ladybank.
The range of work on display througout the region is amazing with everything from metal work on a large scale (at a blacksmiths) to intricate embroidery and jewellery pieces. There’s also ceramics and painting in all media. The other photo I took was from Dominique Robertson’s studio tucked away near Ceres. She is a passionate weaver and has not only opened up her studio, but also opened up her conservatory to display a hands-on exhibition concerning the process of weaving, which is brilliant.
We only saw a fraction of the venues that are open, 86 in total, and unfortunately will probably not get a chance to see more. I came away however feeling inspired and pleased to know that all this creativity is just on my doorstep. If you’re in the area over the Bank Holiday weekend, take a look – your attendance will be very welcomed!