Art is the Flower… Multimedia class for The House for an Art Lover’s 20th anniversary – October 2016


Mackintosh talked about “Art is the flower” many decades ago, and it is true that the Glasgow Rose so loved by turn of the century artists and architects captured the heart of many people. I myself fell in Love with one specific rose which I have used in a few projects. That rose is stencilled on the fire place of the beautiful “House for an Art Lover”.

I want many to enjoy that rose and what it means for time to come. I want that rose to unleash the creativity that many have in themselves. For that very reason I have put together a workshop in four evening classes where I will encourage participants to create multimedia artwork, collage, drawing, mono prints, photographs, etc… with that rose as a starting point. You will also have the option to make greeting cards.

If you would like more information about the class…

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Talk – Demonstration on Mackintosh Stencilling at The Hill House – Helensburgh


Being blessed with the great chance to work with stencils I take great pride and pleasure in sharing my knowledge and I will be doing this during the summer in the lovely  The Hill House National Trust Property in Helensburgh.

That great turn of the century building was once designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh for his friend/patron Blackie the Glasgow wealthy publisher. It is a great house, its opened to the public and is ran by The National Trust of Scotland.

I have had many connections with the house over the years and I am glad to say they have agreed to take part in my Big Rose Project later on this October.

When it comes to Mackintosh stencilling, The Hill House is blessed with several great designs and it will be my pleasure to give a small talk about them and then demonstrate how to recreate similar schemes…

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The Big Rose project #BIGROSE


This is about my love for stencilling and for a stylised Rose designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh

This is about the 20th anniversary of The House for an Art Lover

This is about Scottish Hospitality

This is about spreading good design and engaging with both artists and the public and giving access to all.

This is about creating carpets of large Glasgow style roses at each venues of the Glasgow Mackintosh Heritage using stencils. And engaging the public in participating.

This project will happen in October 2016 during the next Mackintosh Festival and I hope many many will take part.

The Story:

Once upon a time Charles Rennie Mackintosh and his wife Margaret designed a scheme for one of Miss Cranston’s tea room in Glasgow. It included some stylised roses and a lady. Almost 100 years later I used part of this design in the decorating of The House for…

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Let South East Asia learn to swim !!!

Recently I have read so many articles about refugees from Syria crossing the dangerous seas wearing not much but a lifejacket (sometimes a dodgy one…) that my mind is completely set on feeling on edge any time I see the photograph of someone seating half way in the water wearing a life jacket. My pulse starts going faster and my stomach feels heavy. I feel sorry for the poor people having had to leave home to travel to far away place just to be safe and more importantly to have to risk their life in the process by just crossing the sea…

So a few days ago I was sitting in a “Air Asia” flight between Singapore and Kota Kinabalu (Borneo) and I was in stitches when reading that I could get prosecuted if I had the bad idea to “steal” the life jacket from under my seat… why on Earth would I even want to do this… my bag is overloaded as it is with all the bits and bobs I collect on my way places without wanting to uplift a very bulky aged life jacket… Why would anyone want to do this?

But over the past few days I have been spending a bit of time near an hotel pool with quite a few people from China, Korea, Malaysia, even Cambodgia… and to my surprise I have seen many of them off all ages floating in the pool wearing the bulky mentioned earlier life jackets (including very young children). I suddenly understood poor “Air Asia” trouble with their lost life jackets… South Asian can not swim… they dont learn when being children, they don’t have access as we do in the UK with our numerous “public” pools, they don’t get dragged as children to group sessions… and many many adults I have seen recently do not have this essential life skill or just child fun skill of swimming.

My lady just above is not a poor refugee having just had crossed the sea looking for better tomorrows… she is a “nouveau riche” from Korea with her little girl enjoying a very expensive pool in Borneo but she simply cant swim and as such can not teach her child this simple skill.

You never before looking around know your luck and its so easy to take things for granted… when I float around relaxing in the warm water I feel blessed knowing that if I had to cross the sea in a crisis time I could swim about if I did not have a life jacket… but who else could in the crowd enjoying themselves with me today.


Please get South East Asia to learn to swim… its such a life saving skill… and it will allow Air Asia to relax a bit.

Best Wishes


Betty xx