Friday, 22 August 2014

A Funky Scottish Decade! The Bespoke Collection (Part 1)


I couldn't find any celebration gifts with my kids names on them -
 the names were too unique - so I started doing them myself. 
 Suddenly, I was being asked to do similar pieces 
for all kinds of celebrations.
- Karen Edward @ Funky Scottish

This year, it's the 10th Anniversary of Funky Scottish, the iconic, East Neuk brand created by Karen Edward.  In celebration, we're producing a special series of blog posts about a decade of her definitive Funky Scottish collections.  You can click here to read our introduction.   Over the past few weeks we've been rewinding back through the years to 2004.

This week, we discover the extensive, bespoke collection.  In the artist's notes from Karen, she recalls her very first bespoke commission and reveals the stories behind these one-off pieces of art....


I've really been doing commissions since I started Funky Scottish.  It all began with a challenge, then finding a solution myself! You see, I couldn't find any celebration gifts with my kids names on them - the names were too unique - so I started doing them myself.  Suddenly, I was being asked to do similar pieces for all kinds of celebrations; when friends got married and so on.
 

Now, commissions are the backbone of my business; engagements, weddings, christenings, birthdays, retirements are a few of the commissions I've been asked to do. I've also been asked to paint peoples pets, panels for kitchens and bathrooms, prizes for clubs etc. I would love to share a few of them for you here.

I mostly paint on my ceramics, but I've been asked to paint a few different ones too! Here is a window commission I did in a house in Cellardyke There was no view so I painted them one!!
 

 
I've done a few on canvas for children like this one here for Emma !


 
Since being asked to paint all the tile panels in the bathrooms at the St Andrews Cheese Farm, just outside Pittenweem, I've had lots of commissions from them!! Here are a few examples.  First up is a set I painted for my friend Audrey for her husbands birthday. That's him and his boat in Cellardyke Harbour...



Next up are two Elie panels, including one with the whole family on it...



 These commissions can also be used to give your home a lovely new look! I was asked to paint 5 panels for a lady for her bathroom, all with the East Neuk theme... 

 
Next, are some special panels to me as I particularly enjoyed painting them; especially the one with the little boy as he became a wee friend!  Also, this panel featured in a newspaper article which his Mum then got me to sign for him!!



There are lots more I want to share! To be continued...

Meet us again next week, for the more from the Bespoke collection!

Meanwhile, you can discover previous posts in the series below:-

'Sea Pottery'
'Black & White'
'Puffins' 
Pittenweem Blue
East Neuk


About...

Living by the sea, Karen Edward @ Funky Scottish is naturally drawn to coastal themes and has developing her own unmistakable flair for showcasing the unique character of the East Neuk. Her favourite subjects include the houses, animals, boats and seascapes she observes in and around the fishing villages. Karen will also happily paint bespoke ceramics reflecting your own unique character and interests. Choose a gift or crockery collection to celebrate special occasions including birthdays, anniversaries and weddings. If you'd like to order your own exclusive, hand-painted piece, please get in touch!  

Thursday, 14 August 2014

A Funky Scottish Decade! The East Neuk Collection...


I've taken all my favourite things and painted them on my ceramics. 
They all mean something to me.  
- Karen Edward @ Funky Scottish

This year, it's the 10th Anniversary of Funky Scottish, the iconic, East Neuk brand created by Karen Edward.  In celebration, we're producing a special series of blog posts about a decade of her definitive Funky Scottish collections.  You can click here to read our introduction.   Over the past few weeks we've been rewinding back through the years to 2004.

This week - following a time out for The Pittenweem Arts Festival -  we discover Karen's very first, iconic, East Neuk collection.  In the artist's notes from Karen, she shares her intimate connection to some of the most distinctive features of her best known work.

Whew!  The Pittenweem Arts Festival is over for another year...and I'm feeling pretty good!! In fact, I'm feeling on top of the world! So, I painted a plate to celebrate it!  We've had lots of lovely people through the doors, lots of sales and lots of commissions for the future! Now, as we celebrate 10 yeras of the brand, I'm taking a look at what defines Funky Scottish and some of the ranges I paint. 


The East Neuk Range was created for my love of everything I see around me here.  I've taken all my favourite things and painted them on my ceramics. They all mean something to me. The red boat in my work is based on my son's boat. She is called Eileen Ban. The boat was built in Macduff and skippered by my son back to Mull, to a huge welcome from the islanders!!!


The May Island, I love because it was the view from my window looking out over the rooftops in Cellardyke for years.  


The red socks on the washing lines are from Marina, my youngest daughter; they symbolise her Waid Academy hockey team socks blowin' in the wind!!


The wee Dutch influenced houses are such a joy to paint. Pantiles are colourful and the outside stairs are quirky...


Of course there is also my dog, Vanilla.  My Lurcher who gets painted on my work lots as he is so beautiful...


The sea with its waves is interpreted by me in various guises too as borders round jugs, plates and bowls. This area also has a great tradition of fishing, so the fishing boats appear in my work all the time...swimming in my wavy waves!!



Meet us again next week, for the last artistic adventure back through the years at Funky Scottish.
We'll take a look at some of Karen's most celebrated work in her bespoke collection.

Meanwhile, you can discover previous posts in the series below:-


'Sea Pottery'
'Black & White'
'Puffins' 
Pittenweem Blue


About...

Living by the sea, Karen Edward @ Funky Scottish is naturally drawn to coastal themes and has developing her own unmistakable flair for showcasing the unique character of the East Neuk. Her favourite subjects include the houses, animals, boats and seascapes she observes in and around the fishing villages. Karen will also happily paint bespoke ceramics reflecting your own unique character and interests. Choose a gift or crockery collection to celebrate special occasions including birthdays, anniversaries and weddings. If you'd like to order your own exclusive, hand-painted piece, please get in touch!  

Thursday, 7 August 2014

In The News! Our 10th Anniversary Celebrations Hit The Headlines...


We're excited to say that Karen Edward @ Funky Scottish made a splash in the press last week!  Our founder and resident artist was featured in an East Fife Mail article celebrating the 10th anniversary of her distinctive, iconic, East Neuk brand.  Check out some of Karen's classic collections in a special series right here on the blog. 

Meanwhile, Karen is also very busy this week, in her boutique on the high street in Pittenweem. She's showcasing her definitive collections as part of her exhibition during this week's Pittenweem Arts Festival.

If you haven't visited yet, why not plan a weekend escape to the seaside?  Only last week, The Guardian listed our special little village of Pittenweem as one of the 10 Little Gems On The British Coastline!

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

A Funky Scottish Decade! The Pittenweem Blue Collection...


"The houses are lovely to paint being quirky 
with odd shapes and outside staircases"
- Karen Edward @ Funky Scottish

This year, it's the 10th Anniversary of the launch of the first iconic, East Neuk collection by
Karen Edward @ Funky Scottish!   In celebration, we're producing a special series of blog posts about a decade of her definitive Funky Scottish collections.  You can click here to read our introduction.  As we rewind back through the years to 2004, this week, we discover the inspiration behind the 'Pittenweem Blue' collection.

This collection is inspired by the architecture of the East Neuk and our historical trading connections with far flung places, including Holland.  Discover more via up-close pictures and artist notes from Karen...



"The East Neuk is unique in its architecture due to the connection with Holland and the lowlands. The crow step gables and the red pantiles are all Dutch influenced. The pantiles came over as ballast in the boats. They traded ideas, skills and building materials as well as Scottish skins, wool coal and salt."



"The houses are lovely to paint being quirky with odd shapes and outside staircases..."


"This range I call Pittenweem Blue is a wee take on the Delft tiles seen in many of the East Neuk houses. I went to Delft a few years ago and loved the artistic feel of the city...and of course the hand-painted ceramics in blue and white!!"


Meet us again soon for this artistic adventure, back in time, through a Funky Scottish decade!  Meanwhile, you can discover previous posts in the series below:-

'Sea Pottery'
'Black & White'
'Puffins' 

Also, join us for the Pittenweem Arts Festival - it kicks off this Friday 1st August! Karen Edward will host her 10th Anniversary exhibition in the Funky Scottish gallery.  Find out more about this renowned annual event at pittenweemartsfestival.co.uk.

Stop Press!

One last thing...did you see the news feature about Funky Scottish in East Fife Mail? If not, you can still read it online - click here.

About...

Living by the sea, Karen Edward @ Funky Scottish is naturally drawn to coastal themes and has developing her own unmistakable flair for showcasing the unique character of the East Neuk. Her favourite subjects include the houses, animals, boats and seascapes she observes in and around the fishing villages. Karen will also happily paint bespoke ceramics reflecting your own unique character and interests. Choose a gift or crockery collection to celebrate special occasions including birthdays, anniversaries and weddings. If you'd like to order your own exclusive, hand-painted piece, please get in touch!  

Thursday, 17 July 2014

A Funky Scottish Decade - The Puffin Collection


  "it's very restful and I usually sit in my studio, 
turn the music up and get on with it!"
- Karen Edward @ Funky Scottish

This year, it's the 10th Anniversary of the launch of the first iconic, East Neuk collection by
Karen Edward @ Funky Scottish!   In celebration, we're producing a special series of blog posts about a decade of her definitive Funky Scottish collections.  You can click here to read our introduction.  As we rewind back through the years to 2004, this week, we discover the inspiration behind the 'Puffin' collection.

At this time of year, puffins are getting ready to leave the Isle of May, a small island in the East Neuk, which has been their home and breeding ground since springtime. The young, known as pufflings, will be 5-7 weeks old when they're strong enough to leave the island, ready for an adventure on the open seas!  They won't return again until they're of breeding age, in around 5 years. Naturally, these beautiful birds attract a lot of interest. During recent months, countless visitors have flocked to the Isle of May to see the puffins in their wild, natural habitat.

Artists are particularly fascinated with the characterful little birds and Karen Edward is no exception.  Discover her up-close depictions of puffins and via Karen's artist's notes, learn how she transforms her paintings into a collection of cards, tiles, mugs and booklets for you to enjoy.

 

"this range is taken from paintings done in acrylic, then scanned into the computer."


"The images can then be used on cards and note books, which are printed for me elsewhere - they make lovely, popular gifts in the shop. The ceramics are a little more complex.  The images of my puffin paintings are tiled up and sent to a company that makes them into sheets of transfers" 


"...I then apply them to blank tiles and fire them in my kiln."


 "it's a different process from the hand-painting but I love doing them".


 "it's very restful and I usually sit in my studio, turn the music up and get on with it!"...


Meet us again next week for this artistic adventure, back in time, through a Funky Scottish decade!  Meanwhile, you can discover previous posts in the series below:-

'Sea Pottery'
'Black & White'

Also, join us this August for the Pittenweem Arts Festival.  Karen Edward will host her 10th Anniversary exhibition in the Funky Scottish gallery.  Find out more about this renowned annual event at pittenweemartsfestival.co.uk.


About...

Living by the sea, Karen Edward @ Funky Scottish is naturally drawn to coastal themes and has developing her own unmistakable flair for showcasing the unique character of the East Neuk. Her favourite subjects include the houses, animals, boats and seascapes she observes in and around the fishing villages. Karen will also happily paint bespoke ceramics reflecting your own unique character and interests. Choose a gift or crockery collection to celebrate special occasions including birthdays, anniversaries and weddings. If you'd like to order your own exclusive, hand-painted piece, please get in touch!  

Thursday, 10 July 2014

A Funky Scottish Decade - Black & White Collection...


"anything stripy, spotty and funky appeals to my sense of design"

This year, it's the 10th Anniversary of the launch of the first iconic, East Neuk collection by
Karen Edward @ Funky Scottish!   In celebration, we're producing a special series of blog posts about a decade of her definitive Funky Scottish collections.  You can click here to read our introduction.  As we rewind back through the years to 2004, this week, we discover the inspiration behind the 'Black & White' collection.

Inspired by the black and white styles of the 1950s and 1960s, Karen has created a range of striking, hand-painted ceramics.  These include plates and tiles - which make fabulous statement pieces for the home!  Take a closer look at this timeless range, with artist's notes from Karen....


"I've always loved 50's and 60's black & white pottery and have a collection from years ago bought in junk shops, fairs...and e-bay! My own range is influenced by pieces like these.... 


Anything stripey, spotty and funky appeals to my sense of design. This big plate was painted with a puppet from Bali, for a book project...


 I painted a range with a stripey border done with wax resist. A few of them are shown here... 


I love working with line. It's tricky on ceramics. You have to be confident as it's not easy to get rid of once the paint is on!!!


Meet us again next week for this artistic adventure, back in time, through a Funky Scottish decade!  You can discover 'Sea Pottery' -  last week's post in our special series - by clicking here.  Also, join us this August for the Pittenweem Arts Festival.  Karen Edward will host her 10th Anniversary exhibition in the Funky Scottish gallery.  Find out more about this renowned annual event at pittenweemartsfestival.co.uk.


About...

Living by the sea, Karen Edward @ Funky Scottish is naturally drawn to coastal themes and has developing her own unmistakable flair for showcasing the unique character of the East Neuk. Her favourite subjects include the houses, animals, boats and seascapes she observes in and around the fishing villages. Karen will also happily paint bespoke ceramics reflecting your own unique character and interests. Choose a gift or crockery collection to celebrate special occasions including birthdays, anniversaries and weddings. If you'd like to order your own exclusive, hand-painted piece, please get in touch!  



Wednesday, 2 July 2014

A Funky Scottish Decade - Sea Pottery Collection


"Sometimes an idea just happens when playing around with shapes and colour...."
- Karen Edward @ Funky Scottish

This year, it's the 10th Anniversary of the launch of the first iconic, East Neuk collection by
Karen Edward @ Funky Scottish!   In celebration, we're producing a special series of blog posts about a decade of her definitive Funky Scottish collections.  You can click here to read our introduction.  As we rewind back through the years to 2004, we discover one of the most recent collections in the series, 'Sea Pottery'.  

'Sea Pottery' evolved out of the elements - sculpted by the sand and the sea! Originally, this locally beach-combed sea pottery was arranged by Karen into various shapes on sand. Ultimately though, driftwood and denim were the backgrounds she chose to achieve the final design. The following images - with artist's notes from Karen - outline the progression of the original idea....


"I love collecting bits of sea washed pottery from all the beaches round the East Neuk...."


"I have a big collection of these beautiful fragments of domestic ware and I always wanted to make something from them but was loathe to glue them down. When arranged loosely, you can choose so many variations".

 
 

"I started playing with different backgrounds, different shapes and finally settled on the heart as it's a favourite of mine - I use this shape it a lot in my work. I found a lovely whitewashed bit of driftwood, which was a perfect backdrop. I also love the colour of denim so I photographed a pair of my jeans which worked perfectly with the blue and white pottery pieces." 

  
"Sometimes an idea just happens when playing around with shapes and colour...."


"...and finally, the Sea Pottery range was born!"


Since its launch, the Sea Pottery design has been made into a range of mounted prints, mugs, coasters, tiles, notebooks and cards.  It continues to be very popular with visitors to the Funky Scottish boutique!

Meet us again next week for this artistic adventure, back in time, through a Funky Scottish decade!
Also, join us this August for the Pittenweem Arts Festival.  Karen Edward will host her 10th Anniversary exhibition in the Funky Scottish gallery.  Find out more about this renowned annual event at pittenweemartsfestival.co.uk.

About...

Living by the sea, Karen Edward @ Funky Scottish is naturally drawn to coastal themes and has developing her own unmistakable flair for showcasing the unique character of the East Neuk. Her favourite subjects include the houses, animals, boats and seascapes she observes in and around the fishing villages. Karen will also happily paint bespoke ceramics reflecting your own unique character and interests. Choose a gift or crockery collection to celebrate special occasions including birthdays, anniversaries and weddings. If you'd like to order your own exclusive, hand-painted piece, please get in touch!