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I am delighted to say that I have a new exhibition at Anna Mather’s new hair salon in Haddington. Anna has opened a fantastic new salon in the heart of Haddington. Anna is an amazing hair dresser and has a very dedicated team.
As well as being a amazing place to get your hair done, it is a beautiful space, with high lofty ceilings, fantastic light and plenty of space to show work. Anna wanted to keep a industrial and contemporary feel to the look of the salon, so it was my job to create work that would provide a good hit of colour and some pieces that reflected Annas personality.
Building on three previous illustrations I made whilst listening to music I decide to add two more to create a set of five to sit along the staircase as you come up into the main salon space. Using bright bold colours that sat well together and would visually jump of the wall was a important part of the design. They are hung opposite to where the clients will sit, allowing them to be reflected in the mirrors, feeling as though they are covering more than just one wall in the salon.
I designed two separate prints which were based on my experience of meeting Anna over the last several months. Anna strikes me as a very determined and strong willed character who is always up for a good laugh and is welcoming and is very passionate about her work. I felt that puns would sit well and would bring a fun light hearted feel. Using ‘Carpe Diem’ and ‘where there is a will there is a way’ as my two main quotes I created the two illustrations. These sit in the space where clients will have their hair coloured.
The main opening night for the salon is on Saturday the 16th June and I am looking forward to going along and see the space all finished in its final glory.
Thank you Anna for having my work in your space, and I look forward to discussing the next exhibition with you.
All prints are available for purchase, please send me a e-mail if you wish to purchase one at firstname.lastname@example.org
All prints are done on a print to order basis, so can take up to 14 days turnaround, not including postage time.
The ArtLink commission involved working on individual collaborations with staff and patients. This was a really interesting way of working, sharing ideas, creative concepts and getting to know one another so the finished product reflected all involved in the process.
One collaboration with local photographer SJ, was a visual exploration of escapism through art and music. The collaboartion resulted in a temporary exhibition in a centre which offers mental health services in Edinburgh.
In conversation SJ stated why she chose the locations and what photography means to her. , “I chose these locations as they have strong leading lines. I find a certain peace and calm in these types of places and photography give me a sense of escapism. It allows me to focus on the moment and be creative. Photography has been a good outlet for me allowing me to express thoughts and feeling that I find hard to explain.”
On display are illustrations that I created in response to SJ’s story, particularly how she creates her own work, through a process where music plays an integral role. After SJ shared her playlist with me, I created abstract ink drawings in response to certain pieces of music and the visual narratives they inspired.
Linkin Park – In the End
The Verve – The Drugs Don’t Work
Linkin Park – Numb
Panic! At the Disco – Nicotine
Stereophonics – Local Boy In the Photograph
U2 – Sometimes You Can’t Make It On Your Own
The Verve – Bitter Sweet Symphony
Oasis – Champagne Supernova
Radiohead – Creep
The Waterboys – The Whole of the Moon
U2 – With or Without You
Radiohead – High and Dry
Radiohead – No Surprises
Manic Street Preachers – If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next
Puddle of Mudd – Blurry
Muse – Dead Inside
This collaboration is a development of work created for the Staff and Patient Open Show 2018, which is currently on display in the gallery at the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh. Newly commissioned by Artlink, I invited individuals to explore the theme of escapism through mark-making, line and pattern in composing works of art, bringing a linking thread through the overall exhibition.