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Orkney's Churchill Barriers inspire unique new collection by islands jeweller

Orkney’s iconic Churchill Barriers have inspired a unique new collection by young islands jewellery designer, Zoe Davidson.

The barriers, created during WWII to protect Royal Navy ships anchored in Scapa Flow, now act as causeways linking the… 257 more words

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So I have finally bitten the bullet and enrolled on the BA(Hons) music course at the Open College of Arts. This will be my base for logging my progress along the way, including new things I learn and my thoughts and reflections. 818 more words

Exercise:Tonal Figure Study

For this exercise we are asked to concentrate on conveying form by exploring tonal values.

Again I struggled for a model, and after much fuss managed to get hubby to sit for me, for a short time at least and managed to get some initial sketches done. 563 more words



Over the years I have discovered that gardening with perennials is about playing the long game, looking to the future and being patient.  You can’t have what you might want immediately, you may not be able to have it soon either, but with patience there is a good chance you will get it eventually. 927 more words

Perennial Vegetables

Last week I received feedback from my latest assignment and I’m very happy with my tutor’s response: This is a good submission and focusing on more open forms has allowed you to write some beautiful and unusual pieces. 517 more words

Art Of Poetry

Exercise:Linear Figure Study

At this point I had no-one to use as a model for this exercise, so went ahead using my sketches from the last exercise and a photo I had taken on the day. 258 more words


Assignment 3 - Buildings in use

Its been a while since my last assignment submission, mainly due to work issues and getting all the material put together for this assignment.

The OCA brief seems simple on first read which states ‘ … 3,923 more words