Friends, family and followers……

For my friends, family and followers I’m doing a Special Offer of 3 cards for £5, cards must be ordered directly with me (normal price £2.50 each). You can email me on to arrange or they will be available at the Wasps Studios Art Fair this Saturday 28th November more info here.  See below to browse through the cards available, they include festive and everyday cards –  Robin, Christmas Pudding, Winter in Dundee, Plentiful Platefuls of Pattern and Explosion.  All cards are blank inside for your own message.  *I have sold out of Red Christmas Pudding, but there may be available at DCA shop, Balgove Larder in St Andrews, Tayberry Gallery in Perth or Peel Farm in Anguswinter in dundee Louise Kirbyindigo robin Louise Kirbyred robin Louise Kirbyindigo pudding Louise Kirby

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Xmas Art Fair at Wasps Studios in Dundee

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WASPS STUDIOS XMAS ART FAIR – Saturday 28th November 2015, 12noon to 5pm.

I’d like to invite you to this event Wasps Studios Xmas Art Fair at Meadow Mill in Dundee where you will be able to buy my work.  My stall will have a selection of Festive Cards, everyday greetings cards, bargain box of scarves and hand embroidered tote bags.

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Lots of artists, designers and makers from Wasps are taking part and we have invited other creative stallholders too so the 4th floor will turn into a great market with a nice vibe,  great selection of hand made of handmade arts, crafts, jewellery, ceramics, stationary, trinkets, scarves, prints, paintings and much more….. and to top it off some homemade baking, refreshments and mulled wines!

It’s a great opportunity to buy local and direct from artists, makers and designers.  Located 4th Floor, Wasps Artists Studios, Meadow Mill, West Hendersons Wynd, Dundee, DD1 5BY

Some of the designers, makers and artists include: Amy Louise Butress, Judy Scott, Scarlett Erskine, Freya Cummings, Just Judith Design, Louise Kirby, Siobhan Morison, Joanne McFadyen, Holly McAfee, Jennifer Robson, Jonathan Hood, Nicola Morrison, Theresa Lynn, Claire Adholla from The Haberdashery Project, Yasmin Lawson, Cathrine Holtet, Jerry from CR/AFT, Nicki Bradwell, Mitchell and Black Textile, Tayberry Gallery, Whimsical Lush.

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For full event info please follow this link –

Please share this event and invite anyone you think wouold like to come along.



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It’s dreich outside but these will brighten up your day

red pudding Louise KirbyHere is some of my festive designs on cards –  tasty Christmas Pudding, well fed Robin and Winter in Dundee.

Each card is blank inside for your own message and printed on a lovely textured paper with the FSC mark on the back.

Some of the cards designs are available in Perth at Tayberry Gallery, Angus Peel Farm Dundee Contemporary Arts shop or St Andrews Balgove Larder.  You can buy them directly from me, drop me an email at –   £2.50 each plus Postage & Packaging or I can drop off locally for free.

If you would like to stock my cards please contact me directly at or if you would like to commission me to illustrate cards for your business please get in touch.

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Meadow Mill Open Studios

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I will be taking part in Meadow Mill Open Studios where 35 plus artists, designers and makers open their creative spaces to let you get a behind the scenes look.  Open on 24th & 25th October from 12noon – 5pm on both pudding web

In my studio I will have some of my latest artworks and commissions, new ranges of cards and christmas cards, a bargain box of scarves all surrounded by my inspiration images, books, art materials and equipment. Continue reading

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Wee Wellie Wander

duck webI wanted to share the learning resources I’ve created for Angus Councils Ranger Service to support Teachers and Early Years Practitioners to engage at Crombie Country Park, Forfar Loch and Monikie Country Park.  Packs are designed to engage young children creatively in using the park as a stimulus to looking, exploring, listening, talking, making and doing.  Each packs is a colourful self-led facilitators packs for teachers and EYPs that includes images and descriptors for a variety of rich and creative learning activities using simple tools and natural materials.  The activities are all very open so they can follow the interest of the children and can link lots of areas of the curriculum.

pecking webI created this resource within my time as freelance artist & designer at Angus Council Schools & Learning within the Creative Learning Team and worked in partnership with the Ranger Service.

New packs have been created for Monikie Country Park and Forfar Loch from the success of the pack created for Crombie Country Park.  The Crombie pack was funded by Creative Scotland through the Creative Learning Networks fund.

Crombie tree wrap 2 smallEach pack has been adapted to suit the location with core elements the same but also have additional bespoke activites suited to each site.  I love working at site specific places and responding to the surroundings, coming up with ideas and bouncing ideas with the rangers.  It was great to work with Rangers – Kat Durkan from Monikie and Mhairi Kimmet from Forfar Loch who were so passionate about love of their park and outdoor learning.

monikie monster webForfar Loch additional activities are ‘fabric of the land’, ‘wullie the woodlouse’, ‘wish you  were here’, ‘i see a shape’ and ‘bug eyed’.  Monikie additional activities are ‘countryside clues’, ‘pecking the patterns’, ‘natures perfume’ and ‘monikie monster’.

As a designer I enjoyed illustrating the maps for the new packs at Forfar Loch and Monikie Country Park, I wanted to create something simple and decorative but also practical and informative.

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Myself and the rangers co-facilitate CPD sessions for Angus teachers and EYPs which are very popular with great feedback from previous attendees.  CPD sessions are designed to develop teachers’ skills and confidence to creatively engage young learners in learning outdoors using art, design, and the natural environment.    Once attending the CPD the resources can be booked out at the parks to use with their classes and groups.

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Festive Forbes of Kingennie

festive brochure web I’m always inspired in the great outdoors so being asked to create an illustration for Forbes of Kingennie Country Resort Festive Brochure was perfect match for me and my work. 

They wanted to do something different and part of my job is to capture the essence of the place and to bring their vision into reality.
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Peek at the V&A Dundee Hoarding


Just back back from my holiday so I missed the reveal of the winner of the V&A Dundee Hoarding Design, I was itching to find out as I was in competition against them for the tender.  I drove past to get a peek.  Here’s a few snapshots.

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Well done to  comic illustrator Will Morris and graphic designer David Mackenzie for their ‘adventures in design’ comic idea.  I may not have won but I see it as a positive experience being able to showcase my work to both V&A Dundee and V&A London panel.
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I was delighted to be put forward by a panel, as one of ten designers chosen to tender to design the V&A Dundee hoardings.

With a clear brief, prestigious project, large scale, Dundee links and tight deadline it really got my creative juices flowing. Continue reading

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A wee bit of magic in the woods

IMG_5292Last weekend for Easter I created a wee bit of magic in the woods with a trail in the countryside with clues and things to do for my family and friends.  Ending in the woods where I created a giant nest filed with golden bunnies as prizes, blue painted stones round tree trunks and on a tree added some windows, doors and washing line to encourage a bit of imagination.

IMG_5284IMG_5267I loved playing and coming up with the idea for space outside and for everyone to experience the magic too.  I think the adults enjoyed it as much as the kids! Continue reading

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Outdoor Art Engagement

ground grafittiJust an update on an outdoor art project with a 3rd Year group from the Prince’s Trust XL Club at Arbroath High School.*Prince’s Trust xl clubs are for young people aged 13 – 19 for developing their skills and confidence for a positive future

yarnbombing 3I designed and delivered a 6 week creative engagement programme with interior designer Sooz Gordon to work on team building, allowing participants to be expressive and try new techniques and break a few perceptions.  Over the weeks we took art out of the classroom and workshops took place outside.  We creating transient art in the school grounds –  from ground graffiti, yarn bombing, hula hoop structures and mild vandals.  Mild Vandals was inspired by a current international graffiti movement.  Each session was fast paced due to the limited 50 minute lesson time. Continue reading

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WASPS Christmas Sale – Sunday 30th November

WASPS Christmas SaleIt’s that time of year again!  If you’re looking for a unique gift idea then pop along to the Wasps Artist & Designer Christmas Sale.  Held on Sunday 30th November at WASPS artist studios from 12noon  – 4pm. (Level 4, Meadow Mill, West Hendersons’ Wynd, Dundee, DD1 5BY – there is a lift to the top!)

A range of my scarves, cards and prints will be there looking for new homes. (I personally won’t be as I’ll be off on some wild adventure in a tipi!)

Exhibitors include – Jill Skulina, Neil McIntee, Jennifer RobsonGenna DelaneyNicola Morrison, Julie Ann Muir, Judith McDowall, Judy Scott, Sally Fenton, Theresa Lynn, Kirsty Rankin, Jonathan Hood, Filipa Olivera, Lindsey Gardiner, Tracey Stewart, Thomson, Scarlett Erskine, Joanne MacFadyen, Lindsay Mathers, Elise King, Tracey SmithPaola McClure, Louise Kirby.  

PLUS Guest Exhibitors
Steven R Higginson, Balgarvie Weaving, CR/AFT Dundee, Arm in Arm Crafts, Pamie Bennett and more……. (you can click on some of the names above and it will take you to their websites to get a flavour of their work)

Work for sale includes textiles, woodwork, vintage fashion, fine art, jewellery, illustration and photography.

Also along in the next building will be Cathrine Holtet ceramics too

Please spread the word.  For more info please follow the facebook page here.

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Art Auction for Charity

Pheasant 3 smallI have donated a one-off silk scarf from the Sneak + Peek collections for the upcoming Tayside Healthcare Arts Trust (THAT) charity auction taking part in Dundee on 20th November.

The scarf donated is a one-off from the Sneak + Peek collection, inspired by pheasants hiding amongst the landscape where I live.  There are thousands of pheasants camoflagued in the fields but it’s not till you come close that they reveal themselves with their distinctive call warning all the other pheasant friends to look out.  To capture the textures of the fields I has used a mono printing technique, this also makes no two scarves the same.  The scarf is reversible to allow you to change your look and get two scarves from one!

THAT help improve the health and wellbeing of people with a variety of Long Term Conditions.  I have previously been involved with them by designing and delivering creative programmes for people recovering from strokes and living with COPD.  This work is very rewarding.

There will be a range of designer scarves from Donna Wilson, James Donald, Fiona McIntosh, Syrah Jay, Jane Keith and more plus A5 postcards from a range of artists and framed artworks.  For more info on the auction please check out their website.

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Meadow Mill Open Studios this weekend

130327_Meadow Mill Studios_142The lovely Lindsey Gardiner with her Quietly Eccentric products will have some of my work available at the Meadow Mill Wasps Open Studios this weekend, from 12noon to 5pm.  Full details below of all the other things happening during the event.

Sat 18th October

Sculpture Workshop, Meadow Mill Projects 2, 4th Floor, 1.30-2.30pm
Young people from Perth and Dundee’s GENERATION co-production groups will undertake a sculpture workshop with sculptor Trevor Gordon. Visitors are welcome to come along and watch their progress.

Please Excuse Our Mess: Workspace in Progress, Meadow Mill Projects 2, 4th Floor, 3-5pm
Designers Sooz Gordon and Linsey mcintosh will be facilitating a “Please Excuse Our Mess” workshop which will invite visitors of all ages to drop in and collaboratively create a temporary spatial installation that reflects their visions for an ideal creative workspace.

A Talk from Delia Ballie, Studio 308, Third Floor, 2-2.30pm
Join Delia Baillie as she talks about her painting practice within the fascinating setting of her studio.

Sun 19th October

A Talk from Louise Ritchie, Studio 410, Fourth Floor, 2-2.30pm
Join Louise Ritchie for an informal talk about her studio practice. Louise will explain the motivations and techniques behind her work and how she uses the studio day-to-day.

Sat 18th & Sun 19th Oct, all-day drop-in events

RED an exhibition by Helen Angell-Preece, Meadow Mill Projects 1, 4th Floor

Guided Tours of Studios 1pm daily (duration approx 1.5hrs)
Guides will be on-hand to take you on a tour of the studios of selected visual artists. Opportunities for questions and answers will be provided.

Ms Battenburg’s Travelling Tearoom will provide refreshments including tea, coffee and delicious cakes.

Bear Hunt, a children’s activity across all floors.

A fun treasure hunt activity for children of all ages spread throughout the building.

2nd, 3rd & 4th floors

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Pop Up Shop at Wasps Open Studios

bargain boxI would like to invite you to the Dundee Wasps Artists Open Studios on Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th October from 12noon – 5pm.

My studio wont’ be open this year but I will have a range of Bargain scarves, embroidered bags and digital prints in the Pop Up Shop in studio 308 on level 3, curated by Tea Green Events with a mix of her shop wares and artist and makers artwork.

Lots artists from familiar faces to new blood will be taking part in the one building from a wide range of creative practices from – painting, ceramics, illustration, textiles, jewellery, installation, interiors, photography and much more. This year there are Artist Talks, kids drawing wall and a Bear Hunt, so keep your eyes peeled! For full info on what is happening please follow the think

To keep up to date with what I’m up to you can check out my blog –

Please spread the word to others you think may be interested!

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Hallyburton Collection Autumn/Winter 2014

Patterned Fields Swirl 72dpi webHere’s my new images for next years 2014 Autumn/Winter Hallyburton Collection.  All inspired by where I live on a country estate in the heart of Perthshire, Scotland.  I’m surrounded by an abundance of inspiration on my doorstep!

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I’m continually inspired by the changing seasons and fascinated at the harmonisation of the flora and fauna blending together.  You often find me exploring knee deep amongst the grasses and dotted wild flowers, wandering through the woods of dappled trees and patchwork fields – I hope my designs capture the essence my surroundings.

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This new Autumn/Winter 2014 Hallyburton Collection uses a palette of greens and a hint of warm chestnut.  Some of my artworks include my fascination of pheasants as I follow their footprints around the estate, textured of stacked logs and expressive dotty marks of nature’s elements.

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I create sophisticated patterned artworks for your products using my signature style of a lovely organic movement using repetitive marks and textures in delicious colours.

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Patterned artworks collections can be licensed or I can be commissioned to create something bespoke for your products.

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Artists Christmas Sale – Dundee

Christmas sale flyer webI will be taking part in the Artists Christmas Sale at Wasps Studios in Dundee on Saturday 30th November from 12noon to 5pm.  Pop along and pick up the perfect Christmas present direct from local artists and designers.  Grab a mince pie and mulled cider while you browse unique gifts…….. from jewellery, textiles, paintings and prints!

I will have a range of hand printed scarves at bargain prices, some digital prints from my new Hallyburton Collection and my new cards – Winter in Dundee.  Priced at £2.45 each or a Special Offer of 3 for £5.00 directly from me.

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Held on the 4th floor of Wasps Studios, Meadow Mill, West Hendersons Wynd, Dundee, DD1 5BY.

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hallyburton printCome along and spread the word!  More info on the Wasps facebook page please click here

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Cards – Winter in Dundee

Winter in Dundee 1It’s that season again…….. I’m going to mention the Christmas word!  I’ve created an artwork called Winter in Dundee and made it into some cards which would make perfect Christmas cards!

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They are A5, locally printed and blank inside for your own message.  Available to buy directly from me, please email me on or pop into the DCA shop in Dundee to get them.  They are priced £2.45 each.

I will be taking part in the Wasps Artists Christmas Sale on 30th November if you want to get some there, where I will be offering a special offer of  3 for £5.00.  For more info on the Artist Christmas Sale please click here.

They artwork has my signature style  using rhythmic mark making and merging patterns to represent the creativity happening in Dundee.

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Pecha Kucha Flyer

PKN 7 flyer 2Final Flyer for the upcoming Pecha Kucha in Dundee!  Thanks to Lyall for the graphics!

 A sample below of an earlier edition.a5 pecha kucha flyer final merged 72dpi webI’ve designed the latest flyer for the Pecha Kucha Vol 7.  In my illustration I really wanted to capture the creativity going on in Dundee using  my signature style.  Using pattern to represent the different creatives, cultural organisations and events happening in Dundee that blend and merge together to create such a rich tapestry of the city, using the iconic silhouette of The Law as a backdrop.  This event also links into the revealing of which city is to be crowned City of Culture 2017.

I’m a huge fan of Pecha Kucha nights organised by Creative Dundee, they are so inspiring!  They’ve always have a great mix of creatives on the line up from people I know to things that I didn’t realise was happening in Dundee and surrounding areas.  it’s a great concept, 20 slides and 20 seconds – it’s gives a fast snapshot!  I did one back in May 2012, a bit scary standing up in front of 200 people!  You can see my one here.

Pecha Kucha Volume 7 will take place on Thursday 21st November at the Bonar Hall in Dundee from 7pm – 10pm.  This is a ticketed event and tickets are available from Eventbright please click here.

If you like my artwork is available for licence or I can create something bespoke for you.

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Vision for V&A Dundee

Vision V&A LouiseI’ve created some Patterned Artworks for my vision of what Dundee will look like when the V&A Dundee is built on the River Tay.  In my illustration I really wanted to capture the creativity going on in Dundee using  my signature style.  Using pattern as a metaphor to show the energy and creativity that weaves, blends and merges together with all the different creative people, cultural organisations and events happening in Dundee.

My Patterned Artworks have a natural flow that echo natures organic ability to sit in harmony to its surroundings and I see the V&A Dundee fitting into Dundees’ changing landscape very well.

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This image is digitally printed on wool to create a wall hanging.  The Patterned Artworks could be printed on a multitude of products from tea towels, ceramics, cushions, scarves, prints, mugs, notepads… the list is endless!  I would love to be commissioned to create Patterned Artworks for the V&A Dundee.

My wall hanging will be on show at the Wasps Artists Open Weekend on the 19th & 20th October outside my studio on level 4, studio 404.  You can find out more about the Open Studio weekend on my previous blog.

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Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th October 2013, from 12 noon – 5pm

I would like to invite you to the Dundee Meadow Mill Wasps Artists Open Studios on Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th October from 12noon – 5pm.

My studio will be open with a range of Bargain Boxes with scarves, cards and prints and you can see some of the new things I’ve been working on!  I’m on the 4th floor, in studio 404! (there is a lift!!!).  I have the lovely Sooz Gordon sharing my studio who styles funky eclectic interiors, makes Dundee inspired cushions and offers Style Surgeries for others to learn about interior design.

Lots artists will be taking part all under the one roof from a wide range of creative practices – painting, ceramics, illustration, textiles, jewellery, installation, interiors, photography and much more.  It’s a chance to have a look inside the creative spaces.

As well as the usual amazing array of artists and makers welcoming you into their place of work, this year we have a programme of FREE events in the Gallery Space on Saturday and Sunday (see below).  There will be a cafe and a group show of tenants work in the cafe area and Project 2 on the 4th floor. This year we will have a shop curated by Lovely Things with some of their product alongside work from artists and makers.  I will have a selection of things in there too, it’s on the 3rd floor, in studio 316.

Saturday 19th
12-1pm Creative Writing with author Zoe Venditozzi (maximum of 8 people)

1:30-2pm The Museum and the Whaleback City – Poetry Reading by Andy Jackson.

Fife-based poet Andy Jackson reads from his poetry collection The Assassination Museum and also from Whaleback City, the new anthology featuring six centuries of Dundee poetry, of which he is co-editor. Expect quirky, accessible poetry on themes as diverse as Daleks, dancing and conspiracy theories.

3:30-5pm Best Bits of Pecha Kucha Dundee (screening).

Sunday 20th
12:30-1:30pm – Meet the Inkers – Vanilla Inkers new intake.

2-5pm TRiGGER : Connectivity @ WASPS 2013 – TRiGGER is holding a participatory drop in afternoon on Sunday 20th October at WASPS Meadowmills Gallery space from 2-5pm. We will be inviting visitors and studio artists to contribute to an informal reflective visual response to WASPS Open Studios weekend. The afternoon is a relaxed and interactive experience with participation welcome from all visitors.

(These events will take place in Project 1 on the 4th floor.)

Ms Battenberg’s Travelling Tea Room will provide a veritable cornucopia of delectable treats. Sit back and relax with some homemade treats and a cuppa. Available throughout the weekend.

Come and try on my scarves and enjoy my colourful patterned studio!  Come and see the creative talent Dundee has to offer!  For a map please link here.

Please spread the word to others you think may be interested!

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Wee Wellie Wander

ground graffiti web smallI wanted to showcase a different type of work that I do.  If I’m not designing my own surface patterns I do some work for Angus Council Education Development Service creating and delivering project for schools.

One of the projects I worked on was Wee Wellie Wander, I worked in partnership with Angus Council Ranger Service at Crombie Country Park to develop a Learning Resource to support teachers and early years practitioners to engage very young children creatively in using the park as a stimulus to looking, exploring, listening, talking, making and doing.

I created a colourful self-led teacher pack includes includes images and descriptors for a variety of rich and creative learning activities using simple tools and natural materials.

Crombie tree wrap 2 smallI loved doing this project as it really matched my passion for the great outdoors and being playful and creative.  It was great coming up with ideas and taking the ideas to final pack where I’ve seen children enjoying taking part and asking interesting questions and seeing their learning and curiosity.  I also brought on artist Astrid Leeson to bounce ideas and have a few creative days in the park coming up with ideas.  It was great to feel like a big kid and come up with things others would enjoy doing and discovering.

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Park Ranger Lisa King was a wonder to work with, as she’s is so passionate about the park, open to ideas, very proactive and practical.  I wanted to do some sort of weaving using natural materials, so we chose the best spot and she made a frame by the time I came the next week – you might see it if you’re in the park (look out for the Magic Spot), feel free to add to the natural cloth!

colour spots photo smallWith my own work I’m fascinated with colour, pattern, mark making and I wanted to bring elements of my work came into the park.  I used my bird stencils but instead of using paint as I do in my studio we used bird seeds to create pictures that repeat and also can play with symmetry and watching the birds eat them.  I’ve got a fascination with yarn bombing and I love moss growing  up trees which I though looked like leg warmers so we decided to get lots of colourful balls of wool and wrap the trees.  Other activities include recording markmaking and memory string that allows pupils to collect mementos from their day so they can revisit it.

I highly recommend Crombie Country Park for a wander it’s one of my favourite places.

Pupil quotes from using the Wee Wellie Wander pack

“I liked squashing the plasticine to get bumpy bits from the trees” – P1 pupil

“I made a sun picture, and we made it with seeds and it’s going to feed the birds” – Nursery Pupil

“I liked reading the story in the forest and doing al the actions and noises” – P1 pupil

Teacher quotes from using the Wee Wellie Wander Pack

“the pack was easy to use and the activities were enjoyable – my pupils had a great time and are still talking about it.  It allows the children a hands on learning experience in and unfamiliar and exciting environment” – P1 Teacher

“We had great fun and learned lots of new and interesting things and are looking forward to developing our new ideas in our own outdoor area!” – Nursery Practitioner

I have facilitated CPD with Park Ranger Lisa to a range of  for Angus teachers and Early Years Practitioners so they can bring their own groups to experience the richness of the park.  The pack and resources are now available at Crombie to use (booking is essential through Crombie Country Park)  You can also see a copy of the pack here

The project was funded by People Directorate – Arts and Cultural Education Team and Creative Scotland, Creative Learning Networks fund, developed with EDS Project Artist in Residence Louise Kirby.


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