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Willow weavers showcase at Spring Fling

Geoff Forrest with one of his creations Credit: Collin Hatterlsey

Willow weaver Geoff Forrest has been welcoming hundreds of visitors to his temporary studio in New Galloway as part of this year's Spring Fling festival.

The event is now in it's 13th year and features 94 artists and makers who have opened up studios across Dumfries and Galloway.

Geoff, along with three other weavers, makes everything from traditional baskets to figurative and abstract sculptures.

"I make baskets and anything that I possibly can from willow. Living structures, figurative sculptures, forms influenced by nature, things that hang on the wall, rest on a table or stand on the floor. Twisty, bendy, wobbly, wonderful willow."

– Geoff Forrest, Willow weaver
Geoff Forrest with one of his creations Credit: Colin Hattersley

Mythical mosaics on display at Spring Fling

Kate Anderson and her Mosaics Credit: Spring Fling

Mosaics featuring creatures from myth and legend are among the artwork on display at a visual arts show in Dumfries and Galloway.

Kate Anderson, who has a studio near Kirkudbright, is one of 94 artists from the region showcasing work at the 13th annual Spring Fling.

The event, which runs from May 23 to 25, is a showcase for everything from paintings, original prints, photography and sculpture to jewellery, cabinet making, glassware and textiles.

Last year it attracted around 13,400 visitors, more than half from outwith the region and overseas, and contributed around £1.4 million to the local economy.

Kate Anderson said:

It’s lovely to welcome people to the studio and talk to them about mosaics and how they are made. It’s an ancient tradition and one that has a long history in so many parts of the world, people really seem to enjoy discovering how it’s done in the present and more about its past.

– Kate Anderson, artist

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Annual Spring Fling kicks off in Dumfries and Galloway

Diana de Gruyther by the sign pointing out her studio, which is one of 94 open to visitors Credit: Collin Hattersley

Thousands of visitors are expected to head for Dumfries and Galloway today for this weekend's annual Spring Fling festival.

A total of 94 studios across the region are set to welcome people from all over the UK and overseas for the visual art and craft event.

This year's festival is also hoping to attract food lovers.

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Spring Fling 2014 begins

The Spring Fling has now become become Scotland's premier open studios event Credit: ITV News Border

From Labyrinths in the shape of a brain to painted horse blankets and handmade clogs, this year's Spring Fling has everything on offer.

The event aims to open up artists studios from across the region in a bid to help the public see the amazing talent on offer in the area.

There's even the chance to see how clogs are made Credit: ITV News Border

Almost 100 studios are open across Dumfries and Galloway, stretching from Stranraer to Langholm.

Each one offers the chance to see a different form of art work from paintings and photography to pottery and weaving.

Murals brighten up Dumfries and Galloway

Huge murals have appeared on buildings across Dumfries and Galloway.

The murals have appeared across Dumfries and Galloway Credit: Spring Fling

The art works, measuring up to 40 meters long, are part of the Spring Fling Rural Mural project.

The art works measure up to 40 meters long Credit: Spring Fling

The scheme has seen street artists from across the UK and Europe team up with artists from Dumfries and Galloway.

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