We’re a community of artists, makers, do-ers, DIY-ers, gardeners, animal lovers, activists, nature lovers, pretend-adults, friends and families who are always up for doing something creative. For us, buying some land also means building studios and workshops to facilitate the work that we do. Here’s a bit more about the stuff that some of our members get up to:
- Sula is a potter who makes and sells pots. She also runs courses where she teaches pottery. A lot of her work has involved exploring glazes made from different plants or organic materials and sourcing different clays from across Scotland.
- Jenny works with lots of different materials, but especially textiles. She’s into everything to do with wool and traditional techniques and would love to have enough space to keep some sheep.
- Kata makes amazing designs and patterns and has been building a screen printing workshop in a shed at the bottom of her garden.
- Craig does community arts (as part of the Inspiral Arts Co-op). He also works at The New Leaf Co-op and likes to do drawing, carving, bookbinding, photography, and video works when he gets the time.
- Puck does a variety of different performance work, including stilt walking, circus school and also fire dancing. He’s a member of Pyro Celtica who do fire shows across the UK.
- Simas work involves lots of different elements, both playful and performative.
- Kev is a green woodworker and timber framer. He makes beautiful wooden spoons and always has a nice piece of wood to work on.
- Siggi is a member of various international NGO’s ranging from workers rights to international aid. Recently he has been working hard running a metal workshop in Iceland.
- Kate is our resident comedian, trying her best to branch out of the living room and into the comedy club scene.
Inspiral is a co-operative set up by members of Bruadair to provide creative opportunities for individuals of all ages and abilities. In particular, Inspiral arts aims to create exciting projects and workshops that are free at the point of delivery, particularly in areas of multiple deprivation.
Over the last few years, our members have been putting time into building yurts. This is in part to do with creating affordable and environmentally aware housing. Between us we have 5 yurts ready for when we get some land. Yurt building involves processing wood, then steam bending it to make a wooden frame. The frame is then covered with canvas which is sewn into shape and insulated with wool or other materials. This creates a structure that can be moved easily, taking about 1 or 2 hours to put up and less to take down. Many of our members have been living or have lived in yurts at some point over the last few years.
At the minute, we’re limited by rented housing, but all of us are into growing things in some form. Currently, we almost have enough space to grown our own food, herbs and dye plants, although more would be great. We aim to have enough land to allow us to plant orchards, keep chickens and grow our own building materials, particularly for yurt building.