In Stitches: Anne Elliot – Forest

Anne is currently working on this forest piece and was inspired by a David Hockney painting. We think that Anne can definitely see the woods for the trees!

Anne says, ‘’The Hockney landscape paintings are vast in size and on viewing them I felt drenched in colour. They have had a lasting impact on me. It has been a challenge to break away from the original Hockney – I found myself being slavishly true to the original. I really enjoyed being unleashed with colour after monochrome Meg. Working with embroidery threads for the first time made my stitches much smaller and tighter than the wool used in creating Meg. Working in tandem with others through the ‘In Stitches’ group kept me going with this project which so easily could have joined all the other unfinished garments from decades ago.’’

In Stitches: Anne Elliot – Meg

Anne has lovingly captured her Mum’s dog Meg in this beautiful piece. As Franklin Jones said ‘Scratch a dog and you’ll find a permanent job’!

Anne says ‘’Thanks to lockdown and Laura Lees this was my first venture in sewing for 3 decades. I was surprised and encouraged by this perfect tonic to lockdown. Homemade size 12 dresses have been replaced by a pictorial interpretation of my favourite family dog Meg, using freestyle stitching. I was trying to draw with thread and fabric, enjoying the textures and working with limited resources at home. For a change I can be the one to say, I have not done this since school!’’

In Stitches: Dorothy – Bass Rock

Dorothy: Bass Rock

Dorothy is currently working on a new piece which is inspired by a painting she has of the Bass Rock. We love how she is capturing the monumental form of the rock itself. Dorothy says, “The Bass Rock is inspired by childhood memories of holidays and weekends spent in a caravan at North Berwick. I feel grateful for the knowledge I’ve received on different techniques and the sharing of ideas. It has been great via Zoom to receive weekly updates.”

In Stitches: Anna Becker – Teapot and Cup

Anna Becker – Teapot and Cup

For this piece Anna took inspiration from the things around her, things that most people have like a teapot and a mug. We love the finished cushion, and it shows how everyday objects spark joy! Anna said,

“I was really not sure when I started this. It wasn’t something I would normally have thought of doing but I found myself enjoying making new stitches although I was never sure how it would turn out. It’s not perfect, but I quite like the finished product.”

Edinburgh Landmarks – Drawings and Paintings from The REH Open Art Studios

The Edinburgh Landmarks exhibition has just finished at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital and we decided to create a small publication to celebrate the creativity of the participants. Each of the people who took part in the exhibition received a copy as a thank you for taking part, as most were not able to see their work on display in the exhibition, they all loved it and so do we. View a selection of works, as well as the publication itself.

Next in the Link Gallery is an exhibition of drawings by Albert Nicolson. A series of beautiful line drawings of hats created in Artlink workshops at the R.E.H. Some of you may remember them from the Mark Dion exhibition at the Talbot Rice Gallery in 2014 as part of Ever Present Past.

We are also talking to Hans K Clausen, Hospital Exhibitions Manager, Tonic Arts Programme about developing another exhibition to go into the REH. Watch this space.

You can view the Edinburgh Landmarks booklet below, or view full-screen at Issuu (external link).

Big Sing in the Garden

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Thursday 25th June 3-5pm –  Picnic area to the rear of the Glasshouses, REH

Come along and sing along, come along and listen, enjoy the flowers and the sunshine. (if it rains we’ll sing in the glasshouses and we’ll still get to enjoy singing with the flowers without getting too wet!)

Groups, individuals and children all welcome.

There will be songs that we’ll all sing together, the Royal Edinburgh’s very own Heart and Soul Singsters will perform a song or two, the lovely Come All Ye group of singers from the Scots Music Group are bringing some songs to sing for us. Any other choirs are invited to perform a song or two as well – all songs are welcome, but if they’re on a flowery-festivally-summery theme all the better!

Enjoy the garden crafts made in the Green and crafty workshops which will located throughout the gardens. Plants will be on sale.

Free Refreshments will provided or BYO picnic hamper and blanket.

And if you want to rehearse before the big event come along to the singing group on Tuesday 3-4pm at the Glasshouses.

Looking forward to seeing you next Thursday…

Anne and Penny