Wrap & Unravel Life-Drawing Event in Fife

Date: Thursday, 29th December

Time: 1-4pm

Place: The Steeple, 67 High Street, Newburgh, Fife, KY14 6AH

Cost: 8 pounds

Keep creative over the festive season and jolly to Fife for an afternoon of creative life-drawing, colour splashing and experimenting. Figurative artists in residency, Mira and Marcin (Naked Aye Art collective) warmly invite you to join their open-to-all (untutored) life drawing event at The Steeple in Fife, on 29th December. Two models will be sitting for us over the course of the afternoon, one male and one female (who is currently pregnant).

Drawing boards, easels, nibbles, drinks and tunes will be provided. Feel free to invite friends & newbies.

To book a place or if you have any questions, please contact mira.knoche@hotmail.co.uk or artistamarcinkrupa@gmail.com.

How to get there: For directions, please see the website: http://www.waspsstudios.org.uk/space-hire/artist-space/the-steeple-newburgh/ Limited spaces for lifts from Ladybank train station at 12pm and return for 5pm are available, first come first served. Please let us know if you need a lift.

See the Facebook event.


Gavin Glover – Interview

Andrea recently had the pleasure of chatting to Gavin Glover, to discuss his upcoming work he will be exhibiting at Naked Aye Art’s next show.

You describe yourself as puppeteer, actor, director, maker and artist.  What is your favourite role?

I don’t know, I’ve done a lot of puppetry and recently a lot of life drawing and I quite like directing, but I like all of it really.

How did you first get involved with puppets? What was their appeal?

I was living in London at the time near a puppet theatre called the Little Angel Theatre. I hadn’t really thought about puppets, I just thought it was just for kids. Then I got a job there by chance because someone was sick and in a couple of weeks I started to think differently about puppetry. Even though it’s traditionally for kids, I thought if I could tweak it and subvert it a bit I could discover something really interesting for an adult audience. It fired up my imagination. I had previously been making masks and working in visual theatre so it’s all connected.

Can you tell me a little more about the process of making a puppet?

I approach it from two different angles. Either it is commission, someone says I want this so I do drawings and work out how it’s going to be made. The other way is I just make it, and I don’t really know how it’s going to end up. It’s almost like creating a sculpture that moves, because it’s got arms and limbs.

They all have the same rules, they have to be strong internally but be flexible and light enough so they can be manhandled and won’t fall to pieces basically. Once you’ve cracked the structure of it you can work on what it actually looks like.

Would you say it’s more of a planned or spontaneous process?

You can make a figure out of screwed up newspaper and tape and in a few minutes if you want or you can spend weeks hand sewing and twiddling about making costumes and working on loads of details that the audience won’t ever see.

You’re showing a piece of micro cinema theatre at Naked Aye this year, can you tell me a little more about that?

It’s a technique that I’m experimenting with at the moment using simple video cameras and CCTV cameras. It’s kind of old analogue style and we mix what we film live with a video mixer. That’s projected but there is other stuff going on stage at the same time, like us creating the film and a few other things so the audience watch it all. There is a narrative. I also collect people’s 2nd hand stories, these are personal stories that have been remembered and recounted by someone else. I’m still trying it out so I’m happy to have some audience feedback after.

What do you find most rewarding about your work?

The reaction from the audience.

What’s the most memorable reaction you’ve had to your work?

It’s people coming up and saying they’ve cried during a show. They’ve found an empathy for the characters on the stage. That’s kind of amazing and humbling, that you can take someone far far away on an emotional journey just with an image that you have created on stage.

What are your goals for this year?

I want to push the micro cinema theatre ideas further, maybe to create a show. I’m teaching it at some workshops in Spain, Italy and Norwich this year.

Gavin will be performing on our opening night, Saturday 2nd April, the show is open from 7 -10pm.


Naked Aye – Creep Me Oot – Press Release

Naked Aye Art – Creep Me Oot. Multi-Arts Exhibition

Sat 2 – Sat 16 April 2016 – Gallery 1, St Margaret’s House, Edinburgh

Opening Night: Saturday 2 April, 7-10pm + after party (10pm till late)

The Naked Aye Art Collective announces a two-week exhibition and
events programme exploring the figure in art.

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You are warmly invited to join us for a drink on Saturday, 2nd April 7-10pm, on our exhibition Opening Night.

What’s the colour of your shadow, the form of your fear? What are the juicy qualities of nightmares and dark fantasies?

Naked Aye Art are returning this spring to present ‘Creep Me Oot’, a free multi-arts exhibition that runs daily at Gallery 1, St Margaret’s House in Edinburgh, from 2nd to 16th April.

The not for profit collective has invited 35 emerging and established artists from a diverse range of creative paths to showcase works that include painting, performance, drawing, sculpture, photography, film, installation, video art and soundscape.

Visual artists include Alan McGowan, Fee Scroggie, Leigh Chorlton, Mary Trodden, Alan Chapman, Mel Roy and Marcin Krupa amongst others.

The show will also be accompanied by a sparkling programme of events. The free opening night on Saturday, 2nd April (7 – 10pm) involves physical theatre, contemporary dance (Nerea Gurrutxaga), interactive live art experiments, micro-cinema and a live music set by Glasgow’s celebrated newcomer garage rock band Future Glue. The after party will take place at Leith bar Woodland Creatures with Glasgow based DJ collective, The Mojotronics Funk Machine, bringing funk to the dance floor from 10pm to 1am (free entry).

All the Young Nudes are hosting two theatrical life drawing sessions at the gallery on Thursday evenings, 7th and 14th April (7-9pm). These are open to all, at any level and you can book your place online via EventBrite or turn up on the night.

Shivers is a free night event on Saturday 9th April (7-10pm), co-curated by poet Kevin Cadwallendar, film maker Paul Maguire and Naked Aye, featuring spoken word acts, short films, live music and performance.

The theme of the overall programme is focused around the human figure and invites people to explore creative ventures into the realms of the eerie and unsettling, the weird and wonderful dynamics of the abject. At a time of growing populism, uprooting migration and international tension, the show’s aim is to tune in and playfully bring to the fore the darkness inside each of us – all too often projected outward onto otherness, unquestioned.

Naked Aye aim to provide a platform for the vibrant resurgence in figurative art and warmly invite audiences to turn into participants, bringing them into creative dialogue with exhibiting and performing artists.


The show runs from 2nd – 16th April at St Margaret’s House, Gallery 1, 3rd floor, 151 London Road, Edinburgh. For more information please contact nakedayeart@gmail.com.

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Events programme

  • Sat 2nd Apr – Opening Night: An eclectic night of deliciously unsettling live performances (7-10pm at Gallery 1, St Margaret’s House), and After-Party with Mojotronics Funk Machine (10pm till late at Woodland Creatures)
  • Sat 9th Apr – Shivers, 7-10pm 
A night of spine-tingling creative short films, spoken word acts and . Curated by Paul Maguire.


Irvine and Noble – Interview

Andrea recently spoke with Jamie Irvine and Kyle Noble, to discuss their upcoming artwork that they will be exhibiting at Naked Aye Art this April.

Jamie Irvine and Kyle Noble are a duo, who each input their own styles and reactions to the visual challenges set by the other, creating an organic and ever evolving narrative.

The Engagement - Irvine and Noble
The Engagement – Irvine and Noble

What are you showcasing at Naked Aye Art this year?

J: Kyle is away so we didn’t get the chance to do something new so we’ve had to go through our back catalogue of work and see what fits. I guess we had to go through it with a fine toothcomb and match this creepy theme which I think we’ve done. We picked some creepy somethings anyway.

K: Oh yeah, they definitely fit like a glove. We chose images which clearly fit the brief. Some of our work is surreal and wacky, and light-hearted to a degree, but most of our work is pretty subversive and dark. We are going to make them bigger for this show, they are going to be scaled up, so they will hopefully have the impact of being a big wall drawing almost, won’t they?

J: Yes I hope so. It should be cool. We’ve done big drawings before but we’ve never blown our drawings up to this scale, so it will be interesting to see how they look. We don’t know how they are going to turn out. That’s something exciting for us, to see what we end up with.

What mediums do you use?

K: So what we always use are pens and paper. It’s those tools and then the medium of our shared mind, the process of us being together, working together, drawing and sharing in the experience of making. Through all of this, coming up with something original, unplanned and very spontaneous. There’s a sense being closer to the immediate act of image making .

J: In Kyle and I’s individual practices, we each make highly detailed work. Spending a while on a particular image for a period of time can be quite clinical, and a sterile environment, whereas this can be quite chaotic and with pens all over the table. You get to relax a bit more and not be as precious with an image. I mean, I think it still holds the same merit as what we do in our own work, but the more spontaneous, free flowing style, that we have kind of adopted, or been adopted by works well and great imagery has come out of it. And yes we always work with pens, their marks strong and immediate, if we could get some kind of deal with Staedtler for their 0.05 pens that would be really good because that’s what we use. We could be like the face of Staedtler. Maybe from this we will hit the big time!

K: Yeah and adverts for Staedtler.

J: Yeah videos, billboards and the sides of buses.

K: Oh for sure, we might be the Staedtler gurus…

What’s it like working with each other?

J: He’s a nightmare! Horrible!


K: We bring out the worst in each other.

J: That’s true. I guess we became friends at university through our art. We didn’t meet and become friends through just chatting to each other. It was actually our tutor Dr Norman Shaw who said to each of us ‘you should go and see this guy and his work at his studio’. We didn’t know each other. We met each other as artwork first. It think the first time I went to your studio Kyle, you weren’t even there and it was just like walking into somewhere where a bomb had gone off.


J: Such a mess. I mean I started wearing gloves when I was drawing that’s how clean I wanted to be but this place was just like paint all over the walls, paint on the floor. I mean everything had something painted on it. Everything that he was doing was full colour and everything that I was doing was monochrome. I was like, why has he told me to go and check out what this guy is doing? It is nothing like what I am doing! Then I realised there were underlying similar inquiries. Now we are kind of like creative partners. Partners first, then friends after which is quite unusual.

K: Yeah at the time I was into making chance based paint patterns and trying to find mirrors into my mind through hallucinating over the suggestive forms and marks in the paint. Jamie was exploring deeply his mark making through automatic drawing, his mind would kind of fall out through pin sized pen work. Something along those lines drove us together and we started drawing together eventually. At the start I kind of felt that I was stepping on Jamie’s territory but of course it was all cool. We went to Amsterdam, didn’t we? That’s where it all kind of began. You got that travel award.

J: I don’t like to brag about it. I got a travel award to go to Amsterdam and Kyle came with me, we did a lot of drawing there.

K: That’s where the drawing started.

J: Did it? Yeah that’s where the drawing started. Yeah, and it was good there, it was very relaxed and gave us a platform where we could draw together without time based distractions. It was almost like a little drawing holiday.

K: Usually when we are working together it’s like we are sharing a kind of journey into madness for a period of time. Any suggestions Jamie makes with a pen, I will elaborate on which in turn are developed by Jamie. We kind of go into this tunnel which in many ways is quite child like. It’s very spontaneous and very free, we’re not really thinking of the after effects of what it is we’ve made. When I’m drawing on my own I would maybe work for half an hour and then start to slow down, but when we’re together and we’re sharing this vision, it has a real pace to it and drives itself forwards.

Norman's Harvest - Irvine and Noble
Norman’s Harvest – Irvine and Noble

How has your style changed over the years?

K: It’s become more detailed hasn’t it?

J: Yeah, we also understand what each other motives are and now have a lot of imagery we can reference as part of our own visual language, we have recurring characters and scenarios that we like to pull out of the old dusty hat. Yeah, it’s become more detailed. I guess the works have become more graphic but sometimes we look back at the old things and there are similarities there. Our work together has evolved, it’s got better as we’ve kind of grown together.

K: Significant changes to the way we worked happened after art school, l went back to Aberdeenshire, and Jamie went back to Fife, we wanted to continue our work and defy the distance, so we started posting drawings to each other, in fact we posted two sketchbooks backwards and forwards. Later I went off to Taiwan for a year and Jamie was living in Glasgow at that time, again we bridged the distance, this time across the world. I think that’s when more detail and rendering of surfaces came up and some more complex imagery. Currently we try and have some pieces that we work on individually and when we meet up we exchange them and have a good session of making new work there and then.
What do you think the key elements are in creating a good composition?

J: If we had the answer we would probably be selling it.

K: I would say, to me, looking back at all our works we have done there’s been an element of simplicity there and a kind of symbolic element too. For me, that makes them successful, instantly connecting work. However, I also do the kind of sprawling, endless mind patterns that come out. My statement on that is sometimes it just happens. It’s just a strong simple to read message really. What would you say?

J: Yeah I like that. It’s hard to say really. I don’t think there is really a set rule because everyone would do it. It’s hard to tell sometimes, you come out and think yeah that’s great but I guess it’s just an opinion and what people decide is good.

K: It kind of like a visceral connection to the image it’s like a childhood response or something. It can be a really simple image or flash of an image and they’ll know or not. I don’t know, like it activates something deeper inside me.

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Kyle Noble

Jamie Irvine


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Irvine and Noble

Jamie and Kyle’s work will be on show at Creep Me Oot, from April 2nd – 16th 2016, Gallery 1, St Margaret’s House, Edinburgh.

Creep Me Oot – Opening Night

Creep Me Oot – Visual Art Exhibition

Interview with Tessa Berring

Andrea recently had the pleasure of chatting to Tessa Berring, to discuss her upcoming work she will be exhibiting at Naked Aye Art’s next show.

Based in Edinburgh, Tessa is a creative whose work has featured at the Embassy Gallery and the Scottish Poet’s Library.

I was wondering if you tell me a little about what you are or planning to showcase at Naked Aye this year?

I am showing some collages and doll sculptures based on anatomical woodcuts.

Is there any particular themes you pursue in your work?

Naked Aye is all about the figure, and what I find most interesting about the fifteenth and sixteenth century anatomical drawings are that scientific anatomical awareness is still in its infancy. Drawings from that time blend science with imagination and decorative imagery. I like the blurring of these disciplines.

What is your creative process like?

It often starts with an image, or a piece of text that somehow captures my attention. I make work quite quickly, it sometimes feels like the process of trying to remember a dream when you have just woken up. You need to do it immediately or the image vanishes! I always feel my most successful work, or the work that I feel happiest with, is work that has a lightness about it – a quality of something just materialised.

Is there a particular medium you prefer to use in your work?

I love paper. And I love sewing – and sewing onto paper. Some of the pieces in Naked Aye are fabric based dolls, but paper is my favourite material to work with.

When did you consider yourself an artist?

I find I flit in and out of considering myself an artist. Sometimes I prefer the term ‘maker’, as I have always considered myself someone who makes things. I suppose I feel like an artist when I feel fully engaged in a creative project, and when I know there is something I absolutely have to make right there and then and nothing will stop me!

What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?

Do small things as if they were great things.

If you could have any artwork in the world what would you most love to have?

Oh my. I would love to play with Alexander Calders’ Circus.

What are you most looking forward to at Naked Aye this year?

I am looking forward to meeting up with all the other artists and seeing the responses to the Creep Me Oot theme. The energy behind this show has been wonderful to feel part of.  I hope do call in and do some life drawing too.