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Rosie Balyuzi is staging The Moray Firth Five - Zing! event at The Phoenix Café, Findhorn Eco-Village next month


By Garry McCartney

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The Moray Firth Five designs.
The Moray Firth Five designs.
Rosie, relaxing on the River Findhorn.
Rosie, relaxing on the River Findhorn.

Rosie is honouring the legacy of travel posters with a contemporary take. Using big, bold lettering, she aims to generate a sense of pride and confidence.

She said: “Elements in each illustration encapsulate the unique spirit of each place for me. They were designed after I was invited to create an exhibition for the bar this summer.

“Zing! is inspired by a deeply impactful line I read in a meditation book over 25 years ago while feeling lost in London: ‘Meditation is like drinking a cool glass of lemonade on a hot summer’s day’. The present moment is always available - fresh and new. Zing!’

The graphic artist and illustrator is enjoying her life in Findhorn.
The graphic artist and illustrator is enjoying her life in Findhorn.
The flyer for Rosie’s exhibition.
The flyer for Rosie’s exhibition.
Rosie’s most local design.
Rosie’s most local design.
Beach stones will be available featuring Rosie’s lemon design.
Beach stones will be available featuring Rosie’s lemon design.

’Lemon Aids’ beach stones will also be on offer - hand-painted with the signature Zing! lemon on the show’s flyer.

Rosie said: “They are to be held whilst you pause, take a deep breath, and are refreshed again. They will be offered in exchange for donations.”

Replicas of seals Ebb and Flow will be available on commission.

”They are taking the limelight,” joked Rosie. “They are a pair of large, wooden cut-out and painted creatures. Our Findhorn seal population is special.”

’The Guitar’ will also feature in the exhibition.

Rosie said: “It is a funked-up, hand-painted, one-of-a-kind acoustic that looks good and plays fine! I am inspired by the timeline of cool jazzed-up guitars stemming from psychedelia you see in rock and pop
”The show contains several more pieces too.”

Rosie plans to approach other local pubs, cafe's and visitor centres as possible sales outlets.

She added: “I am also going to to see if Scotrail are interested in partnering on further designs related to station town destinations.”

Rosie's working background, spanning over 20 years, is in animation, illustration and graphic design. Now running graphic facilitation services, she is part of the Orchard Road Studios Collective in Forres.

“There are 11 of us here,” she said. “It is good to feel part of a creative collection of arts practitioners. We are planning an open studios event around the same time as this year's Findhorn Bay Arts Festival in September.”

Her artistic heroes include Mattisse, Banksy, Dr Suess and Zen master calligraphers.

“My work is sometimes spontaneous, sometimes planned,” she said. “I let it speak for itself.”

For more information email rosiebalyuzi@hotmail.com


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