Over the last decade, Scribble has worked with some of the biggest names in art and culture across the North West and Yorkshire. So we were delighted to attend the opening night of Select, an exhibition at Marburae Gallery in Macclesfield. Select brings together contemporary visual artists from the North and South of England.
The Marburae Gallery sits snugly within Shackleford Pianos. This two-storey building is a gem of a place to wander round whilst admiring and pondering an array of eclectic pieces and prints.
Scribble was delighted to spend sometime with one of our favourite London artists, Claire McDermott, ARBS. McDermott was showcasing her sculpture Identity GM 1, which is inspired by spent flowers. She has cleverly captured the intricacies of the flower in metal to represent where one life ends and another one begins.
Her art derives from microscopic studies on plant anatomy and is the inspiration for works ranging from drawing, painting and sculpture as a form of expression of thoughts.
‘I’ve wanted to exhibit my work in the North West for sometime. So it’s fantastic to be part of this exhibition and to bring my work to a new audience.’ said Claire.
Other works that caught Scribble’s eye were photographs of American scenes by Jan Moirs. The images were a sentimental collection of daily life across North America. It was great to see a photo of a shop front taken near Gastown in Vancouver, Canada. Scribble’s old stomping ground.
The entrance to the gallery was lined with some soul piercing images from artist Hannah Wooll who through her work pays homage to the depiction of women within art history. A performance by artist Simon Woolham in the foyer of the gallery saw everyone stop to listen to him reading from his memoires about growing up in Wythenshawe, Manchester. Woolham was surrounded by his work using biro drawings, and his paper interventions.
During the evening it was also fab to meet blogger and media consultant Nicky Crowe, who was reviewing the exhibition with her trusty dog Milo for her blog http://pollyannapaws.com
Select runs until 11th Oct 2013. At Marburae Gallery, Marburae House, Athey Street, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 6QU
FLIPPING NORA! this book is taking me forever. The idea came to be when my son was just a few weeks old. He’s now a loud five-year-old and I’m wondering where all the time has gone?
The book looks at how mums inspire and influence their sons and how they can be strong role models.
I’m on a serious mission to finish the book and tell the world about all the excellent, inspiring and hilarious stories that mums and their sons have been sharing with me since I embarked on this journey.
But, being greedy and extremely nosy, I still want more real life stories, more pearls of wisdom and more of your input.
Below is a list of things I’d still LOVE to hear your opinion and stories on:
Confidence & success: Are you confident, is your son confident or are you shaking your head while reading this and saying noooo? What does success mean to you? Do you consider yourself a success, in your career and life in general? Does success even matter to you or is it more about happiness?
A better life for your boy? Has something made you change your life to give your son a better start or future? If so, no matter how big or small then tell me all about it. I’ve put together a short questionnaire. http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CK9CXGM
Sport. I admit it, at school this wasn’t my favourte lesson. But looking back it should have been. I’m eager to chat to mums who excel at sport and think it helps with their relationship and raising their son. OR like me are you somewhat lacking in the sporting achievements…either way I want to speak to you.
Family businesses. Does your family run a business where mother and son work alongside each other? Or do you know someone who fits the bill?
Any other business, anything else that you want to share with me about having a son/sons?
I’d love to hear from you!
I've been beavering away behind the scenes on my book for quite a while and I'm now looking for some more juicy stories and real life experiences. I want your juicy stories!
The chapter I'm writing this week is about mum's who have changed something in their lives to help give their son/s a better future. It could be something big, like leaving the city and moving to the country to give him more space to play; or changing your job to spend more time with him, or something like giving up peanuts because he's allergic to them!
No matter what, I want to know.
I've created an online questionnaire and I'd love it if you'd answer the questions. http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CK9CXGM
Thanks for sharing.
Do you have a son? If so, Scribble wants to talk to you.
I'm writing my second non-fiction book called 'Mummy’s Boy', it's a lighthearted, but at times serious look at the unique relationship between a mum and her son; from the first moment they lock eyes, to the last breath.
I've got lots of questions and would love it if you'd help me find some answers. I've compiled a survey asking questions about your relationship with your son and your hopes for the future. Please be as honest and frank as you like. If you're happy for me to contact you after the survey closes then please email your contact details to email@example.com
To take part click here http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/5BXJHP6
Thanks for contributing!
I’ve been working with my very-toned Pilates teacher Laura Pettener from PL Pilates writing a feature for February’s Living Edge magazine.
The article looks at how easy it is to get bitten by the Pilates bug, like many celebs have including Rear of the Year for 2011, Pippa Middleton.
Unlike many other disciplines, Pilates easily fits into your everyday life, you don’t need a certain level of fitness to get started or enjoy it and the rewards from it can improve every area of your life.
Forget buying any swanky, expensive equipment just a towel or mat and two water bottles for hand weights and you can easily practise at home what you've learnt in a class.
I’m definitely no Madonna or Gwyneth Paltrow but I love it, give it ago.
Look out for Living Edge magazine available from early Feb across Manchester and Cheshire or online at www. http://livingedge.greatbritishlife.co.uk/
For Pilates classes and one2ones go to http://www.plpilates.co.uk