by Magne Furuholmen

I have just had the good fortune to visit the Dovecot Gallery in Edinbugh and see the work of Norwegian artist and musician Magne Furuholmen. The show is a compilation of his multi-disciplinary practice using ceramic, glass, wood cut and dry-point Magne Furuholmen

Furuholmen first visited the Dovecot studio in early 2013 to consider a tapestry project. A thought-provoking collaborative course of making followed. Furholmen first created a woodcut  print designed specifically for a tapestry, then worked in close collaboration with the weavers to hone the final choice of design and colour direction.

Peeloing a glass onion

The artists and weavers remained closely in touch throughout the process of weaving the tapestry and nearly two years after their first interaction, Glass onion now forms the centrepiece of the exhibition. Although the exhibition also has examples of Furuholmes ceramic work, I feel it is his two dimensional work where his strengths lie.peeling a glass onion


Peeling a Glass Onion is on from 6th March -25th April 2015

Dovecot Gallery 10 Infirmary Street Edinburgh EH1 1LT

0131 550 3660 (Free Entry)

Sometimes those working in the craft and design world find it hard to make a living, so  you need  to use your creative brain to find a way of  making  more income. A possible way is to let out your home  for shoots.  I have worked both as a location owner and then later as a location agency. Here are a few guidelines.

Creating the perfect location

A kitchen with a hob on the island unit

A perfect kitchen location

1. As the home owner you need to be relaxed. If you are of an anxious disposition and can only think of letting your house out in terms of the financial returns, then don’t do it ! Yes the main reason people let out their property is to increase revenue, but it is not  as easy as it might first appear. It helps if you can enjoy the process too.  Having a film crew around can be quite a lot of fun, not only for yourself but the neighbours too, as one of my locations discovered when they had a Bollywood movie shot in their house, garden and road.


2. What does a client expect. A location that is clutter free, and clean. Very few people live in pristine conditions, but nobody wants  to hire a location that they have to clean before they can start work. Remember the less cllutter there is, the less that will need to be moved or that can get broken. In an ideal world a client will come and see the location before the day of the shoot and in this case they will let you know which areas they wish to use and if they need anything moved. Often there isn’t the turn round time for a viewing before the shoot and so the client will expect to find what he sees on a locations web site.


3. What should you expect

If you are with an agency and a client is looking for a particular sort of location and yours fits the bill then your agent will put your place forward for the job. He will probably put other locations forward at the same time. The client then goes back to the agent and asks for pencils on partcular days for probably more than 1 location. Once you have agreed to a pencil this means that you are saying your place is free and this particular client has has a first option on using it.



4. What happens next? Some clients will look at a number of locations and agencies before making a final decision as to where they are going to shoot. Others will make a decision by just looking at the images on the web site. Films will often have more than one viewing of the property a director and art department may turn up and then a tech reccie may take place. Once the decision has been made your agent will make a firm booking, which once made must be adhered to.


5. Local Knowledge. You know your location and the area in which you live better than anyone else. Either be around to answer questions or have a  written list of local shops, and take aways. If possible have menus from restaurants or caterers who will deliver.  Knowledge of local Taxi firms, and also bus, rail and tube routes are useful. Another useful piece of information is  the whereabouts of the nearest florist.


6. House rules. All agencies will have their own contract which will state things such as: all litter must be removed, no smoking is allowed on the property, any damage must be made good. The areas that can be used, and the number of hours will also be on the contract. Many locations like to have their own house rules that they give to anyone hiring their property. These may state things such as nobody is allowed upstairs or shoes must be taken off . It may give things such as the wifi code.


7. A warm welcome. Those little extras mean a lot. For small shoots it is customery for the location to provide teabags, coffee milk and sugar, to leave out kettle, mugs and spoons. If you have the forthought to clear a space in the fridge for the client to put their own food, it is appreciated. Big filming shoots will provide their own coffee, tea and food and usually encourage the home owers to share! If your area needs them, it is always a good idea to have a stash of parking permits  to hand. Obviously the client will expect to pay you directly for these.


8. Insurance Before allowing anyone onto your property for filming or an event you must make sure that the client has public liability insurance to protect both your property, and anybody on your property, from damage. If you have an agent they should check this for you and most importantly check that the insurance is in date!


9.What if something goes wrong. A location is always hired with the best of intentions but sometimes things do go wrong. A floor might be scratched or a work surface may be damaged or a fixing might be left in a wall or a piece of china might be broken. Rubbish may be left. It is very important that you let the producer and your agent know as soon as possible if any damage has been done and to take photographs. By acting with speed it means problems can be sorted out as soon as possible.


10. At the end of the day. The client will be contracted for a number of hours, anything over and above that you will be into overtime. This will be worked out by your agent before the shoot takes place. Ring or email your agent immediately after the  shoot to let them know about overtime. Big shoots often do run into overtime. So be prepared and if possible don’t organize to go out that night. You want clients to come back and for your location to be used many times. So be cheerful and helpful and not too much in their face as they are there to do a job.




Children's clothes

Mariko Nakamuro has been designing clothes since she was ten years old. She drew designs and  her mother would  take her shopping for fabric to make the outfits. Not a surprise then that Mariko went on to study fashion design in Tokyo.Girl's skirt

The designs in this book were originally created for Mariko’s own children. They are essentially simple, easy to make, and easy to wear. Garments that children will be comfortable in. The shapes are all loose fitting so movement isn’t restricted. easy to wear

The fabrics are practical and can be laundered over and over again. Many of the pieces can be worn with others from the collection. The book is divided into two, spring-summer and autumn-winter with collections for both boys and girls. Each garment has its own full scale pattern in four sizes. This  is not a book for complete beginners, but the patterns are not too  complicated and the designs are lovely.with sleeves

Considering the cost  of dress making patterns, you are not only getting good design here, but a real  bargain in terms of price.  Published by Pavilion books at £20

Why not make your loved one something special for Valentine’s day. This Hearts  ipad  book will cost you next to nothing and it is full of lovely things to make and do. The projects range from silk painting, decorative pin cushion making, embroidery, applique, quilting, papier mache, paper cutting, decoupage, ceramic painting ,cooking, creating your own  gift wrap and cards.

hearts ibook

Here are a few lovely images to whet your appetite. Screen Shot 2015-02-05 at 10.30.25

hearty quilt


pin cushion

applique heart

paper hearts

pearls finish this off

Made from part of an old Victorian costume the fabric is green silk edged with black satin

It is so long since I wrote a blog post on Creative Salvage but I have been very busy writing, making, creating and running workshops with my partner in crime Amanda Russell. Together we are R&B Consultants. So please pop along to our joint web site and see what we have been doing, well the bits that arn’t secret that we are allowed to show you. With so many statement necklaces in the shops I though it might be fun to dive into my treasured box of haberdashery and make some Chokers.

Enamelled beads finish this off

Made from vintage sari fabric and metal disc beads


This was partly inspired by learning about the 70’s bohemian chic designer Thea Porter exhibition in early 2015 at the Fashion and Textile museum. Here are a few of the results. You can fasten them with buttons and loops, tie ribbons or any number of different jewellery fastenings.

A deep regal looking choker

Pleat a deep ribbon and add old fashioned flowers in purple and bluebell tones

simple but elegant choker

Made from sheer black flowers applied to a sheer white ribbon and anchored in place by beads