Out and About with our resident artists Helen Walsh

I’ve had a really busy October and I’ve got lots more to look forward to over the next couple of months. It’s great to be running workshops again and I’ve got a number of exhibitions and fairs coming up which are keeping me busy. I’ve been making new work and getting work prepared to go out into the world. 

Preparing work for exhibitions

When I first embarked on my career as an artist I thought I’d spend most of my time creating and making but the reality is that I spend an awful lot of time preparing, packing, wrapping, framing, emailing and all sorts of other things! There are so many different aspects to ‘being an artist’ that you just don’t think about. For a piece of work to make it from the studio to a collector takes a huge amount of effort but it’s such a satisfying moment when you find out it has arrived safely and is being appreciated. 

Treasure (Feathers) Drypoint print

Recently I was invited to apply to join the Yellow Door Artists in Dumfries and it’s so exciting to be part of such a diverse and talented group and to have a regular space to show work. The gallery is open Thursday-Saturday 11-4 and as well as lots of beautiful artwork there’s books, cards, soap and more. It’s a good spot to do a bit of you-know-what shopping. There’s the Christmas Exhibition opening very soon (Thursday 4th November) too so a good excuse to pop in, admire the artwork and maybe tick a few presents off your list. 

Making prints in my studio

As well as having work at the Yellow Door I’ll have a few of my prints in the South West Scotland Printmakers exhibition at Gracefield Arts Centre in Dumfries. Sadly not many people got to see our show over the festive period last year because of lockdown so hopefully this year we’ll make it all the way through! There will be a really broad range of prints and printed items on show (and for purchase) from a mix of artists. Gracefield Arts Centre is a lovely spot and also has a good cafe so it’s well worth the trip. 

Lots of print making!

I’m also taking part in an exciting pop up exhibition in Carlisle in December run by Start. The show is called ‘Wintertide’ and features a wide range of artists and crafters showcasing art in a variety of forms including painting, textiles, ceramics and more. 

Make your own Dove and Robin kits, available in my Folksy shop and at fairs

On top of these exhibitions I’ve also got some fairs booked in and am busy working away on smaller pieces for these, including some new moth and butterfly brooches. In November (20th and 21st) I’m taking part in Upland’s Winter Fair at Easterbrook Hall in Dumfries and then in December I’m really excited to be heading back to Kirklinton for part of their Christmas Fair (I’ll be there on 10th December but the fair runs 10-12th December and they have a winter fair 12th-14th November too.) I will also be at The Courtyard Market in Annan on 3rd and 4th December so lots of opportunities to come and say hello! All in all it’s going to be a busy time but also an enjoyable one I hope. If you’d like to keep up with what I’m doing you can have a look at my ‘News’ page or sign up to my newsletter (or both!)

For now I’m back to the studio to get making!



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