An Upland project for Spring Fling 2016

Collaboration with international street artist Tellas, resulting in two murals at Meiklewood Farm, Dumfries and Galloway and The Toffee Factory, Newcastle.  On a theme of exchange, rural and urban locations interchanged with merging organic and abstract paintings. The final results are colourful artworks loosely depicting sea and sky.

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Ongoing collaborations

with Kim Ayres Photography based in Castle Douglas, Dumfries and Galloway.

Two locations under one amazing roof at the Yellow Door Gallery, Dumfries, gave the opportunity for two types of shoots - urban and boudoir.

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In June 2015 a Collective of local, Dumfries and Galloway based artists and healer joined together to open our first Pop Up Shop.  We took over the disused shop space at 67 St Marys Street Kirkcudbright on a temporary basis and we still trade from there  7 days a week. We provide much needed selling and exhibiting opportunities for artists throughout our region, with a healing room in the back used by shamanic healer and reiki master, Robert Plotzke.  We have just opened our newest Pop Up Shop at the Mill on the Fleet, Gatehouse of Fleet from May-September 2016 and plan to Pop Up at the Wigtown Book Festival Sep/Oct 2016. Importantly, we take no commission on artists sales with every penny going straight to the artist. We operate democratically with all costs shared equally amongst the Collective. New projects are planned for 2017 including workshops, emerging artists and different locations.

As lead artist and mentoring two young artists,  Morag Macpherson, Katie Anderson and Kirsty Turpie were commissioned by Upland  to deliver workshops for Lockerbie Academy students over a 6 week period.
Taking surface pattern as a starting point, sculpted coins, ceramic tiles from collage and a patchwork banner of surface pattern created from digital design workshops were created. The banner remains as a permanent public artpiece in the school foyer, containing the students own designs.
Photographs by John Paul Photography
Group photograph by Barry Young

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180 bedrooms at the Union Square Hyatt Hotel have been adorned with surface pattern by Morag Macpherson.
At a meeting during International Contemporary Furniture Fair, New York City, Vennie Lau Design Group commissioned Morag Macpherson with a brief on the seasons and bringing the nature of Union Square Park inside the hotel. Two panels depicting patterns representing Spring/Summer and Atumn/Winter now feature on reversible headboards throughout the bedrooms designed by Paul Vega.

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In a special exclusive for SOFA Chicago represented by Craft Scotland, Sandra Murray MBE hand stitched patchworked  silk squares to her own kimono pattern design, which were digitally printed with Morag Macpherson’s surface pattern creations. The final piece was showcased at SOFA Chicago 2014.

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