Waverley Line Open Studios 10th May, 10am-4pm Newtongrange, Eskbank & Mayfield, Midlothian.
Less than a week to go now until the first Waverley Line Open studios which I am very excited to part of!
The idea first came about when Julie Read posted in our town’s local Facebook group, looking for creative people working in the area, who would be interested in opening their work-spaces to the public. In the past few years I’ve visited many open studios events, which have sprung up around the country and always enjoyed these days out, discovering new artists work and being allowed a peek into their normally private work spaces is always inspiring! I’ve often thought it would be great if there was something like that going on locally… so I replied to Julie and soon there were 5 of us, who all work professionally, either full or part time as artists or designer / makers. Our work-spaces are quite diverse – from a shed in the garden, a room in our home, to an industrial unit but they’ll all be open to the public on Saturday 10th of May!
Why Waverley Line..? This event is named after the Waverley Line Railway that was closed on 6 January 1969. The reopening of this line planned for 2015 will link the Scottish Borders with Midlothian and Edinburgh. Our studios are all nearby this railway line, which was originally named after Waverley, the novel, written in 1814 by Sir Walter Scott so already has a good connection with the arts historically.
We have worked extremely hard in preparation for the day, building a website, setting up a facebook page, designing and distributing leaflets, sharing the work between us. It’s the first time I’ve been involved in organising an event of any kind and have to admit I really had no idea of the amount of work involved!
The room I normally work from at home is in the middle of some DIY operations and not quite fit enough for visitors so I made the rash decision to decant all my art and craft paraphernalia into my conservatory, which is altogether more pleasant plus there’s a lovely view of the garden.
This has meant sorting through all my fabrics, buttons, craft books, started but discarded pieces and scrap books and sketchbooks, while trying not to get too distracted. Difficult!
It’s been fun finding things I’d forgotten about and sometimes wondering why I’d kept them… other stuff makes me want to immediately stop what I’m doing and get to work sewing, making, doing but there’s not much time for that until I get through the ‘to do’ list, currently stretching to 3 A4 sheets! However it’s starting to come together and I am very pleased with how things are shaping up.
There has been time for sewing too. These stripy ear guys are new… I think they look like part of the scenery here.
Got my cards back from the printers and am so happy with how they came out, especially the hello envelope. They were fun to design using photographs of my own creations. I’d like to do more but I’ll just have to wait and see how they sell…
Still got framing and hanging to do.
Hope some of you can come along on the day! You can find loads of photos of everybody’s work on Waverley Line Open Studios website and Facebook page. You can also find a link to download a copy of our leaflet, which has a map and where to find us all on this page.
Oh and did I say…? We’re in the local paper!
Studio Addresses & Information
Address: 9 Dundas Crescent, Eskbank, Midlothian, EH22 3ES
Address: 92 Fifth Street, Newtongrange, Midlothian, EH22 4PL
Address: 16 Park Road, Newtongrange, Midlothian, EH22 4JW
Phone: 07815 810797
Address: 20 Eighth Street, Newtongrange,Midlothian, EH22 4JP
Address: Unit 48 Mayfield Industrial Estate, Midlothian, EH22 4AD