Crafters set for NEOS exhibition at Aden Country Park Theatre

Joanne Davidson's work includes dragons, frogs and other interesting objects all moulded with polymer clay.
Joanne Davidson's work includes dragons, frogs and other interesting objects all moulded with polymer clay.

Five, enthusiastic crafters will be showcasing their work in the theatre at Aden Country Park, Mintlaw, this weekend as part of the North-east Open Studios (NEOS) event.

The artists’ exhibits will be on display at the theatre from Saturday, September 6 to Sunday, September 14, from 10am to 5pm daily.

Sine MacDiarmid and Iris Mutch, both artists, will have an amazing array of artwork on display, while Rosemary Stubbs will be exhibiting photographic art.

Victoria Metson (Rare Threads) will have woollen items on show and for sale made from the wonderful coloured fleeces from the sheep on her farm. She will be spinning during NEOS.

Joanne Davidson, will be doing polymer clay modelling during the exhibition (at the weekends) and will have clay pictures, dragons etc, on display.

Joanne told us: “ I find it a very therapeutic experience.

“I shall be making dragons during NEOS at the weekends, folk may like to watch.”

Commenting on her work, Sine MacDiarmid said: “I consider my work to be simplistic and naïve and is in part inspired by memories of a Skye childhood when life was simple and uncomplicated.

“I like to bring shades of this simplicity to my art and craft work, which I create in various media.”

Victoria Metson told us: “I have always been fascinated by natural things and when we got our first sheep the desire to spin was reborn.

“Those first fleeces were spun commercially but the urge to learn neverleft me and eventually I had the opportunity and here I am.

“Spinning the wool gives me complete control over the colours, textures and the finished product.

“It is amazing how manydifferent variations you can get from the natural colours of the sheep.

“I am pleased to be part of this NEOS week here at Aden and look forward to seeing everyone.”

Iris (Symon) Mutch, who grew up in Fraserburgh, said: “I find a great deal of inspiration for art in the beautiful land and coast which surrounds the area where I live and my paintings reflect this.”

Rosemary Stubbs added: “ I find expressing myself is self-fulfilling and in meeting people at NEOS in past years, hope that I have inspired others.”