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Print making class for Annan women’s group

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By Fiona Reid
Annan and Eskdale

A WOMEN’S group in Annan have been given an insight into print-making - courtesy of artist Hugh Bryden.

Called Sky’s the Limit, and backed by Dumfries and Galloway Community Learning and Development team, the group meet every two weeks to engage in life-long learning opportunities in a friendly, supportive and fun atmosphere, and on Tuesday it was a visit to Annan Museum in Bank Street to learn about multi-coloured printing techniques.
The workshop was arranged to coincide with the ‘Crafting a Living’ exhibition in the museum which features lino prints by Hugh created for a craft development project in the 1990s as well as his more recent work.
Also on display are four carved boxes and artworks commission for the same project to tour around schools and community venues highlighting the range of arts and crafts in the region at that time.
Some of the artists who took part in the original project have recent work on display.
As well as Hugh Bryden’s linocut prints, there are turned wooden bowls by Anthony Owen Jones, a hand-painted and sewn velvet and applique cushion by Jo Gallant, the imaginative Mad Hatter’s hat by Kay Ribbens, a framed tapestry by Louise Martin, and ceramics by Christine Hester Smith of Barnbarroch Pottery and Jason Shackleton of Laurieston pottery.
And inspired by Annie Horsley’s ceramic tiles, there is a free clay tile making workshop for families on the schools in-service day on Friday May 29, 11 am to 1 pm and 2 pm to 4 pm, with no booking required.
The exhibition is open Monday to Saturday 11 am to 4 pm until June 6.
Throughout the exhibition there are drop-in activities available every day, allowing visitors to weave colourful threads into the museum’s collective scarf, have a go at stick-weaving, art and craft gallery trails, make and decorate a little gift box and tackle colouring sheets.

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