From Sid Ambrose, Wigtownshire Area Arts Convenor and Matthew Shelley
One of the fundamental aims of DG Unlimited is to provide a showcase for members and for the creative sector in D&G. The Unlimited People section of our new website is one of the ways we can do that – it gives people a chance to talk about themselves and their work to a wider audience.
At the same time it allows us to build up a library which shows just how broad and deep the talent of our creative sector runs.
This week we are introducing you to Gina Lawson who runs Gina Lillycrop Designs from Wigtown. Gina describes her work as home wares and interior decorations, such as lampshades, children's rugs, cushions and wall art.
But like many of our creatives, that’s just the start. Scratch a little deeper and you discover that she designs her own range of home furnishings from a remote Farm studio near Wigtown and that she has done some unusual work for royalty.
In addition to being a designer, mum and farmer’s wife she is also a qualified nursery nurse and sings in a Meat Loaf tribute band – one of their biggest fans is David Coulthard.
It’s lives and stories like these which make Dumfries and Galloway such a special and inspirational place. DGU really wants to hear more of your stories and to bring them to a wider audience. If you would like to be featured in the Unlimited People section of the website then fill in the form and send it to us with a picture of yourself or just email and we’ll send one through.
And, over the next couple of weeks you can also meet Glentrool photographer Dave Currie who has taken some amazing shots of the Galloway night sky (among many other things) and Arts and Crafts inspired craftsman Tom Goff from Moffat.
Earlier this week Sid set up sessions in Stranraer and Newton Stewart where Matthew provided attendees with a free session on how to publicise their events or businesses. Around 16 people attended, from all sorts of different backgrounds, despite some dreadful weather. Again, it was great to hear so many different stories and hopefully have the chance to help people find ways to gain some media attention for all they do.