Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Revamped Furniture July 2012

a full range of my current revamped stock and selection of recent acquisitions can be found on my facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/sheilaboyledesign.  If you see anything you fancy, give me a shout. 

Saturday, 14 July 2012

Fruitmarket DesignMarket

It's been an incredibly busy week getting ready for this weekend's DesignMarket at the Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh.  Iain and the team at the Fruitmarket have been a great support.  We had a great launch evening last night, followed by a fun filled day today - looking forward to (hopefully) another busy day tomorrow!  As usual, I've met some great people vendors and visitors alike!  

Fiona Robertson and I have shared a space for this event which has been delightful as ever.

Here's a few pictures before the crowds descended upon us on Launch evening (and before I was handed my first glass of wine!)

a little pop up shop experience by Sheila Boyle and Fiona Robertson

V&A Dundee

beautiful digital print cushions and artwork & a delightful selection of work from the Rapanui Gallery

Stunning upcycled vintage furnishings by Amy at Ziggy Sawdust

Sunday, 8 July 2012


Latest Projects.......

this butterfly nest will be fluttering over to the Design Market at the Fruitmarket Gallery this weekend.  

Pop over for a closer look!

latest Tower Sculpture in progress ... a little sparkle on this one!

Get a closer look at the Fruitmarket DesignMarket 13th - 15th July. 

Sunday, 20 May 2012

Summer Lovin'

Woke up to a beautiful late spring morning and decided to dust down the my 'finds'.  Think I'm going to have to resist my hunter gatherer instincts for a bit, and give this little bunch of gems a little summer lovin'!  

Anything takes your fancy? Give me a shout & I can create a more personalised finish.

Tuesday, 1 May 2012


Here we are in May already!  

Portobello Makers Market 

April was a busy month finishing with a lovely day at the Portobello Makers Market, were again, I met some lovely people, and made some new friends.  I was so busy meeting and chatting that I completely forgot to take some photos - next time!

Tower Sculpture

At a very long legged 34" high, this tower is the largest I've done so far.  Now complete and delivered.

Weight For It!

I've had 10 of these amazing vintage election stamps made by D Cunninghame of Glasgow, for a good while, waiting for a chance to do something to them.  The original finish was in pretty poor shape. Enameled much like the old style singer sewing machines, they had succumbed to a bit of wear and tear over the years.

Now upcycled for use as as paperweights, doorstops, bookends, but preferably not projectile missiles as they weigh about 8lb each!

Sunday, 22 April 2012

April, has been a bit of a mixed bag of getting going with my new Etsy Shop (still got plenty to add!), making more art, revamping furniture and spending the day at different markets.  Here's a selection of the things I've been up to...

The Lighthouse Makers Market
7th April 2012
This was a great venue & I had a particularly generous spot on the View Gallery on the First Floor. I had lots of interest in my work which was positive and, as usual, met some lovely people.

The Lighthouse is a gem of a building nestled in the very Narrow, Mitchell Lane just off the busy Buchanan Street in Glasgow's City Centre.  The Lighthouse, now operated by Glasgow City Council is Scotland's Centre for Design and Architecture and it gives host to a number of excellent exhibits around the Year.

Biggest Tower Sculpture yet!

Sneak preview of a recent tower sculpture commission.  Full size image to follow after delivery....if I can get it on screen of course!

Small Occasional Coffee Table

I've had this little table for  a good few months pondering what finish to do it in.  In the end I opted to apply a rich grey flat matt paint to the table top, seal it then apply the illustrations using a high sheen finish.  I left the legs as they where as it works well with the grey.   I'll put more photos of the work onto my Facebook Page to show the full design.  With this type of work, photography doesn't really do it justice, needs to be seen in the flesh.

Circa 1950's/60's Long John Coffee Table

The long john table was tackled in much the same way as the table above, but in reverse.  The legs have been painted the same flat grey and are beautifully tappered.  The table top has been stripped back and a cherry blossom illustration applied to the top in a high sheen finish.  Check out my Facebook Page for more images.

3D Art
I've also created a selection of four of my Three Dimensional artworks and really enjoy making these and have two more in the pipeline.  Again a full range of images are on my Facebook page.

This soft pastel of Loch Long, Arrocher, is quite different from my usual work.  I did a similar piece several years ago and when seen was asked to do something along the same theme.  It's been a very long time since I've worked with pastels (other than quick demo sketches) so I was a bit apprehensive. I'm quite pleased with the result and can see myself maybe doing some more as a wee change from textile work.

...and finally.  I had a lovely day at the Portobello Makers Market, made special of course by the wealth of interesting and engaging people who came to exhibit and to view the work.  I was so caught up in the day, I forgot to take a few images - maybe next time!