The Return Of Autumn

So its been a while since I made any of my own glass works. I think I made a small collection near the end of 2015 before I went to Japan, and I have not had the chance this year, till this weekend. I took my tools home from the week job with the intent of doing some of my own work this weekend. It is time to see the return of autumn…

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Dusted off my boxes of pressed leaves, had a rake around seeing what I had stored away. Picked out some glass to use, put on Queens Of The Stone Age selected out of the banging CD collection of studio bud Laws.  It was really nice to make again. I got 3 hangers completed, and even tried out an alternative making technique which I think may become the new way. Everything should always be evolving, I dont think you should ever assume the way you do something is the perfect way..

Here is what I made, all going well it will hopefully be a nice day tomorrow and I can take these outside as I would like to get some shots of them in nature. Its something I have never actually done, I think it might look really cool so here’s hoping for a classic autumnal day.

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They are up on my webpage and available ready to post. They come with high tension fishing line so you can hang it up straight away and bring your window some autumn delight.


Aside from that things are rolling on. I am still trying to get my Japan exhibition work flowing, I have some work done but I don’t think I have found the ‘thing’ yet. I’m not sure what it is, or what its going to look like yet, but it will arrive…

As part of my effort to take positive creative steps in my day to day I went on a introduction to funding course last week as I have never applied for anything, and this week I went to The Glasgow School Of Art open day. I never went to Art School. We visited it in high school back in ’97 and I thought the place was, to put it bluntly, a dump. Cant say my opinion of the Art School system had gotten any better over the years but I have noticed I do think about it every other year, and this wasn’t the first time I have signed up for the open day only to dingy it and not go.

This year I decided I would go. I am willing to admit to the reality that the things I think about Art School, are things I have invented myself. Preconceptions. Judgements. Assumptions. So maybe I should go and see……. It was interesting. I am still formulating what I think to write any conclusion here, but at least on one level it was more positive than when I went in 1997.


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Creative Time

Creative Time

I make a point of watching this when it happens (bi-annually?) but I couldn’t attend the live stream the GSA puts on this year because I was working, fortunately it’s available to watch online and at your leisure so I started tonight and will get through it over the week.. Ive already got a bunch of quotes & names written down and im only 1hr in…

Im making a point of making a blog post about it because I think its really really interesting and I want everyone to know about it. If you are at all conscious then this is worthy of you closing the FB tab and giving some time to.

If you hover over the play screen space you get a drop down and on the far right you can select event posts to see the sub menu of all event divided into segments. You can revieew the PDF program here http://creativetime.org/pdf/CT_Summit_2016_digital.pdf 

And the event stream here http://livestream.com/creativetime/summit2016

ABOUT OCCUPY THE FUTURE

The Creative Time Summit-the world’s largest international conference on art and social change-found its way to Washington, D.C.! Creative Time Summit DC: Occupy the Future was held at D.C.’s historic Lincoln Theatre on October 14 – 16, 2016.

Occurring in the nation’s capital just weeks before the 2016 Presidential Election, the Creative Time Summit DC took this important moment to collectively consider what it might mean to radically transform the current state of democracy. Around the world both the left and the right are making their dissatisfaction with the center known, setting the stage for a virulent electoral season. Shaking up the political landscape, worldwide social movements — from Arab Spring to #BlackLivesMatter — are now ingrained in popular discourse. The 2016 Summit offered a platform for citizen-led strategies and grassroots movements working within, as well as disrupting, electoral politics. As we work to push forward the ideals of human rights in practice, what does it mean to actually occupy power in a future as yet unwritten?

So thats all I had to say, it’ll take me ages to get through the 2day event, but I think its all available long term so no rush. Its absolutely worth sitting down with a cup of tea and locking into a hour or so. I defy you to not be inspired….

Stained Glass Adventures

Stained Glass Adventures

I’ve been working for various stained glass companies since around 2003. Currently I’m with one in Glasgow and have worked with them for the last 2yrs, as and when works available. Which suits me, It’s nice to get around the Central Belt of Scotland and I do like the views from the tops of the church, but its not painting which is my actual job. So I do like to share some of the things I see apart from my own work now and again.

Today I was at a church in Upper Largo, which is on the coast east, past Kirkcaldy & Leven. screen-shot-2016-10-17-at-18-39-38

Here are a couple shots from the scaffolding I grabbed before we hit the road back to Glasgow.  img_20161017_125409img_20161017_125647img_20161017_125839

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Its a nice stretch of coast, and looking pretty fine in the early autumnal light. The rain whipped in at various points in the day but passed as quick as it came. Windows repaired and back to Glasgow.

You can see more on my Instagram https://www.instagram.com/gilliesart

Long Time Gone

There was a time I made a post every other week, at least a substantial one every month and kept that up for a few years.

Until this year, which saw none (until now). And last year just a measly one. It was a bit sparse before that for a while too… I dont know what happened, my artistic output has not dropped just my desire to keep on top of the blog.  I am sad I stopped and it popped into my mind tonight…  took me a while to remember my sign in!

So maybe this will see a refreshed input, a try again. A change of style. For 4+ years I kept the same style of monthly long updates, maybe I was just fishing in the same spot where no fish were. So i’ll move, change the style.

Quick, rapid writing, no overthinking… ha ha .. ill try. I’d love to write up a huge blog on my trip to Japan, but I covered it pretty extensively on my gillesart.com blog with the full story so if you are interested in that its all up there!  It was quite the journey and Japan did not disappoint, but what was more important was I didn’t disappoint myself in making some pretty radical choices.

The last post I made here was actually few weeks before I made that trip at the end of 2015…. Now ive been back 7 months and I have a new work space in Glasgow ,at The Wasps Studio Briggait building, Im working on new paintings inspired by the trip and have a exhibition in the works.

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Cant say when that shall appear, I’m trying not to rush it but at the same time I wanted to get it out while it all still felt fresh in my eyes. The longer it takes the more distant it becomes… I have a really good idea in hand though and its all taking shape. I hope all going well it could be ready around December.

Have you heard of the book ‘The Artists Way’ by Julia Cameron? I am giving that a go just now, its been 5 weeks and I still don’t feel I am actually past the first week of tasks but I am applying my mind to it. I am enjoying the process of the morning pages.

Anyways I am back! Is anyone still out there?