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Monday, 14 December 2009

Six of the Best Scottish Gallery Shops, as published in current issue of Homes & Interiors Scotland magazine

NAME: Panik Gallery

: 13 Main Street, Killearn, G63 9RJ
t: 01360 551166
w: www.panikgallery.com

WHEN: 10am-5.30pm, Mon-Fri, 11-5pm at weekends (Christmas Exhibition from Nov 6 until Dec 24)

SPECIALITY: Panik began life in the Stirlingshire village of Killearn as a printed textile design studio in 2003. A year later, its founders, Glasgow School of Art graduates Paul Brown and Annika Tulloch opened their gallery shop, specialising in painting, printmaking, photography, textiles, ceramics, jewellery and glass.

COOL CUSTOMERS ONLY OR GORGEOUS GIFTS FOR ALL? You won’t find the same range here as in the bigger gallery shops but Panik manages to combine a beguiling mix of cool and comfort.

FOR THE WALL: Lots to choose from as Panik have a great stable of artists, but how about a bold and colourful, farm animal painting by Jane Blair that would look great on a contemporary kitchen wall? Her work ranges in price from £250-£1000.

MOST WANTED: A painting again. Local artist Marion Drummond is one of Panik’s bestselling painters. Work ranges from £500 to £4000.

ANY COOL GIZMOS? For the party season, it has to be a limited edition mouth-blown glass decanter with gold leaf and a set of icy glasses (£300) by Tain-based glass artists Brodie Nairn and Nichola Burns, who work under the studio name of Glasstorm.

BEST FOR: If you’re present-buying and are flummoxed by what to choose, Panik Gallery gift vouchers, starting from £25, can go towards purchasing an original piece of contemporary art.

BREAK-THE-BANK BUY: A quirky and highly collectable painting by Christine McArthur. The work of this Kirkintilloch-born artist work ranges in price from £500 to £5500

BEST BUY FOR UNDER £20: A hand-made piece of rustic functional stoneware by Arrochar-based ceramicist Tom Butcher. His work starts at a budget-busting £6, moving up to £42.

NIC-NAC EXTRORIDNAIRE: It has to be a limited edition woven hot water bottle cover by textile designer Angharad McLaren (£35) for those cold winter nights.

I WANT ONE OF THOSE: A super-soft lambswool throw by Yungi (£96) with great colours and graphic patterns to suit any interior.


NAME: The Aberfeldy Watermill & Homer

ADDRESS: Mill St, Aberfeldy, Perthshire, PH15 2BG
t: 01887 822 896 (Homer 01887 820 802)
w: www.aberfeldywatermill.com and www.athomer.co.uk

OPENING HOURS: Open every day, from 10am-5.30pm (from 11am on Sunday)

SPECIALTY: Since it opened in 2005, The Watermill has been a fantastic add-on to the arts scene in rural Perthshire. Art gallery, bookshop, coffee shop all under the sympathetically restored roof of an old mill in the heart of Aberfeldy. Recently, the owners acquired Homer, an interiors and garden shop in the old barn next door.

COOL CUSTOMERS ONLY OR GORGEOUS GIFTS FOR ALL? It’s all quietly cool here in Aberfeldy. The bookshop and gallery are top browsing areas while Homer stocks great-looking yet useful knick-knacks for the kitchen alongside luxury items such as Tamara (sister of Ben) Fogle handbags, crafted in fine Italian leather and vintage textiles.

FOR THE WALL: The Watermill’s gallery has a revolving programme of exhibitions, which brings fresh work to tired eyes. Throughout November and into January, St Cyrus-based printmaker Sheila MacFarlane will be displaying work inspired by visits to Aberfeldy and the surrounding areas. Wall tiles and plates also available by renowned ceramicist Lotte Glob, for £100 per tile and between £55 and £700 for plates.

MOST WANTED: In the cafĂ©, tea is served in Tetsubin teapots, which are also sold in five different colours in Homer (£37.50).

ANY COOL GIZMOS? Homer has a nutcracker, designed by Swedish company, Drosselmeyer which comes in red or black (£28.95). Looks great on any table at Christmas-time. Check out the Bambu range for finely crafted elegant kitchen and tabletop items.

BEST FOR: Finding that book you have been looking for years! (Or ordering it for next day delivery) and the kitchen utensil you never knew you needed.

BREAK-THE-BANK BUY: A handmade rug designed by one of the gallery’s artists, Angus-based printmaker Hetty Haxworth. Prices range form (£925 to £2965) and more designs are available.
BEST BUY FOR UNDER £20: Mma Ramotswe's Cookbook, (£16.99), Birlinn

NIC-NAC EXTRORIDNAIRE: Hantverk handmade goats hair dusting brush from Sweden for (£9.95). Brings a touch of elegance to the most boring of household chores.
I WANT ONE OF THOSE: Vintage Hungarian Dresser, (£675)


NAME: The GSA Shop

ADDRESS: The Glasgow School of Art, 11 Dalhousie Street, Glasgow G3 6RQ
t: 0141 353 4526
w: www.gsa.ac.uk

SPECIALITY: Contemporary products by GSA students, staff and alumni, and well-designed products inspired by the work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh - with a Glasgow School of Art twist. Expect no Mockintosh here.
COOL CUSTOMERS ONLY OR GORGEOUS GIFTS FOR ALL? Gorgeous gifts, from ‘draw your own’ postcard books and coloured pencil packs for kids, to cutting edge jewellery and textiles for design-conscious customers, to homespun homeware and Mackintosh-inspired pieces for traditionalists.

FOR THE WALL: Prints and posters of GSA’s student tour guides’ favourite hidden places inside the Mackintosh building, captured by leading home wear designer Ella Doran. Available in eight designs. (£3.50- £21)
MOST WANTED: Silk and wool scarves by textile design (2009) graduates Sharon Pringle and Wendy Murray, printed at GSA’s Centre for Advanced Textiles and hand finished at GSA. Inspired by the colours, patterns and textures found in architecture, both designers share a common aesthetic for bold graphics and luxurious fabrics. (£65-£75)

ANY COOL GIZMOS? Hot Dog cuddly microwaveable wheat bag warmers, a natural alternative to hot water bottles, by GSA product design graduate (2005) Emma Henderson, made from organic, hand spun cotton woven. (£29)

BEST FOR: Cutting-edge design in every price bracket.

BREAK-THE-BANK BUY: 'Workers' pearl and silver jewellery by GSA silversmithing & jewellery graduate (2007) Frances Wadsworth Jones. On first glance, they look like conventional High Street’ jewellery. Look closer and they’re formed entirely by tiny worker ants. (Ring £115, Necklace £62)

BEST BUY FOR UNDER £20: Hand printed napkins by GSA textile design graduate (2006) Catherine Aitkin featuring graphic/geometric patterns that retain an element of the hand-drawn image, screen printed on soft, muted tones of blue and grey. (£12)
NIC-NAC EXTRORIDNAIRE: Sculptural book by GSA sculpture & environmental art graduate (2007) Cheryl Field. Cheryl makes kinetic objects that wiggle, wobble, flop and twitch, and her sculptural books are touchable and beautifully decorative. (£70)

I WANT ONE OF THOSE: Hand embroidered Owls cushion by GSA embroidery and weaving graduate (1955), Betty Fraser Myerscough, now a freelance textile artist producing wall hangings and pictures for exhibitions and commissions for public buildings and private collectors. (£58)


NAME: Dundee Contemporary Arts Shop
ADDRESS: Dundee Contemporary Arts, 152 Nethergate, Dundee, DD1 4DY.
t: 01382 909 900
w: www.dca.org.uk

SPECIALITY: With access to a wealth of artistic talent on site and just up the road at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, a trip to DCA combines challenging art in all its forms, a fine cafe/bar and a top shop.
COOL CUSTOMERS ONLY OR GORGEOUS GIFTS FOR ALL? Design and applied arts sourced both locally and from across the UK, with emphasis on innovative, usable items from new and established talent. They also stock prints, books on art and design, and gifts for children.
FOR THE WALL: Take your pick from the large range of artist’s prints made on site in DCA’s renowned Print Studio. Artists who have worked there include, Simon Starling, Claire Barclay, Graham Fagen, Ross Sinclair, Louise Hopkins, Christine Borland and Nathan Coley.

MOST WANTED: Donna Wilson's Rainy Day knitted cushions (£55-£61) and mini blankets(£46) are great to cosy up with on a dreich Scots winter day.

ANY COOL GIZMOS? It’s got to be the fantastic breakfast-time combo of My Egg & Soldiers by Takae Mitzutani (£22.75)

BEST FOR: All the favourites from design companies such as Danish design company Normann Copenhagen, the twin kitchenware genius of Joseph Joseph and leading Finnish textile designers Marimekko.

BREAK-THE-BANK BUY: Delicately beautiful Floridium Clock by Yee-Ling Wan. (£125.00)
BEST BUY FOR UNDER £20: Gillian Kyle’s retro-Scots aprons (£12.95) and tea towels (£7.95)

NIC-NAC EXTRORIDNAIRE: The Crinkle Cup by Rob Brandt, ceramic cup, designed to look like a discarded throwaway coffee cup (small £5.95, large £6.50) or a Wedge doorstop by Ed Carpenter (£5.95).

I WANT ONE OF THOSE: Nest 8 food preparation set by Joseph Joseph (£35) which includes all the everyday essentials all nestling beautifully and practically together, from non-slip mixing bowls to juicer and measuring cups.


WHAT? National Galleries of Scotland
WHERE? The National Gallery, The Mound, Edinburgh, EH2 2EL
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, 75 Belford Rd, Edinburgh, EH4 3DR
Dean Gallery 73 Belford Rd, Edinburgh, EH4 3DS
t: 6200
w: www.nationalgalleries.org

WHEN? Monday-Sunday, 10am-5pm (The National Gallery, late openings Thurs until 7pm)

SPECIALITY: Giftware and reproductions inspired by the National Galleries’ collection.
COOL CUSTOMERS OR GORGEOUS GIFTS FOR ALL? The various shops have universal appeal. The newly opened Art and Design shop in the National Gallery focuses on contemporary artists and design as do the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and the Dean Gallery.

FOR THE WALL: The National Galleries now offers a service that allows you to buy your own masterpiece from their vast collection of work either on paper, canvas or watercolour paper. Prices range from £10 to £320. Check the virtual shop online at www.nationalgalleries.org and click on ‘buy’ to find out more.

MOST WANTED: Any item featuring the Galleries’’ most famous painting Sir Henry Raeburn’ Revd. Dr Robert Walker Skating on Duddingston Loch. Reverend Walker bone china mug. £7.95 (Photo credit National Galleries of Scotland)

ANY COOL GIZMOS? Colourful Wall Straps by NL Architects are just the business. Not just a bike strap but wall storage for anything from shoes to magazines and only £14.95!

BEST FOR: Scotland’s widest range of art books, featuring art history, monographs and technique guides. Signed copies often available.

BREAK-THE-BANK BUY: Lucky Clover Umbrella Stand. Metal stand 65cm. £95 (Photo credit Pop Corn, France)

BEST BUY FOR UNDER £20: Warhol Campbell’s Soup Cans Shopping bag featuring the famous Campbell’s soup can design. Made from 100% cotton and coated with waterproof PVC. £9.95 (Photo credit National Galleries of Scotland)
NIC-NAC EXTRAORDINAIRE: Kristian Vedel designed wooden birds. Handmade in Denmark from smoked and natural oak wood. Small bird, £45.95, large bird, £49.95 (Photo credit Pop Corn, France)
I WANT ONE OF THOSE: Duomo Architectural Model. Cherry and birch wood finished in shades of light and dark honey, £140.00


NAME: The Green Gallery

ADDRESS: Ballamenoch, Buchlyvie, Stirlingshire, FK8 3 NS
t: 1360 850 180
w: www.greengallery.com

OPENING TIMES:11am-5pm daily. Closed Thursday
SPECIALTY: Gorgeous art for the walls and craft for empty surfaces by some of Scotland’s leading makers plus unique gifts, all sourced by the keen eye of owner Becky Walker who has created a beautiful contemporary gallery in midst of a rural idyll.

COOL CUSTOMERS ONLY OR GORGEOUS GIFTS FOR ALL? This is so non-High Street, it’s not true, but you still find things which don’t break the bank, especially at the annual Christmas Fair, which runs over the weekend of December 4-6 and takes over the gallery and Becky’s home (as featured in Homes & Interior Scotland).

FOR THE WALL: Mary Hailley flying birds from £60-£72 for sets of three.
MOST WANTED: Karen Lainson horses, £165
ANY COOL GIZMOS? No gadgetry involved but Suzanne Smith’s hand felted pure wool ‘chocolate’ in gift box, with beaded embellishment is very alluring - and it lasts longer than the average choc without piling on festive pounds. £8.50 each

BEST FOR: Very good for picking up great gifts for sisters, mums, wives, not to mention small children. My Baboo textiles (www.my-baboo.co.uk) are cute, quirky and well priced.
BREAK-THE-BANK BUY: A painting by Glen Scouller who regularly shows work at the gallery alongside many, many leading Scottish artists. This 36"x36" oil painting, Feeding The Hens, Fayence will set you back £6,500

BEST BUY FOR UNDER £20: Bottle opener £5.95

NIC-NAC EXTRORIDNAIRE: Bottle Bags, £20 each

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