David Grigor, Arts & Crafts Instructor, The Linburn Centre for the Scottish War Blinded

David GrigorI teach Scottish War Blinded members many aspects of arts and crafts - from painting and drawing to weaving, modelling and clay work. The new ceramics kiln that we have acquired is used frequently for basic and glaze firing, and we are currently preparing a mosaic tile for a very large outdoor mosaic to represent the World War 1 centenary. Other ongoing projects include a large tapestry of the centre using wool, a paint-by-numbers acrylic on canvas painting of the centre, and a loom which has two rugs currently being made on it.  We have made out of cardboard a very large spitfire, a Lancaster bomber, and are currently in the process of making a WW1 tank and battleship. 

I organise visits to Scottish National Gallery to experience their ''highlights tour'' and to other local galleries and museums to see exhibitions. I also assist with transport of members every so often.

The most rewarding aspect at the Linburn Centre is in knowing that our members are really enjoying themselves and the work they're creating. More and more of them are becoming regulars in the art room. It's very pleasing when a member tells me that they are very happy with what they have made, and that happens regularly.