Hi, I’m Dr Martin Wilson. I have a PhD in Environmental Toxicology. I’ve worked in cancer research, pharmaceuticals, presented my research work worldwide and have written or contributed to 24 research papers (to date).
However, in 2013, I became a free range human, setting up my own business and establishing myself as a freelance science writer.
For as long as I can remember, I have been fascinated by Pictish and Celtic designs as well as megalithic sites and ancient rock art. I have drawn Celtic/Pictish designs since I discovered George Bain’s ‘Celtic Art: The Methods Of Construction‘ in my early teens. After my Dad gave me an old Black and Decker carving tool, I started practising my carving skills with a desire to create pieces which had a greater permanency than my drawings.
I now use a variety of Dremel, Foredom and Proxxon tools, as well as traditional hammer and chisel.
All of the pieces I create are entirely freehand carved in my workshop in the Scottish Borders. Practically all of my materials are recycled/reclaimed or found on my travels around the UK.
To the best of my knowledge, I am the only person in the UK who carves and sells Buddhist mantra and symbol stones. I supply stones to the shop at Kagyu Samye Ling Monastery which is the largest Tibetan Buddhist centre in Western Europe.
I have exhibited my artwork in galleries across the Scottish Borders. The first piece I exhibited (‘Stream of Knowledge’) won the Creative Place First Prize at an exhibition in the Eastgate Theatre and Arts Centre in Peebles.
I am a member of ‘Animus- Art for the World Soul’ artist’s collective;
I am part of the creative team at Talliston House & Gardens (‘Britain’s most extraordinary home’);
As yet, I don’t have an online shop, preferring to personally contact and connect with my many customers. If you would like to buy any of my pieces, just use the contact form below (or email email@example.com). I usually have many items in stock, or can make something for you in a matter of weeks (depending on waiting list). I welcome commissions and offer a full design service.
Stockists of my work include;
Samye Ling Tibetan Buddhist Centre– Dumfries and Galloway
Kilmartin Museum Shop– Argyll
Canongate Jerseys and Crafts, The Royal Mile- Edinburgh
Santosa Yoga Studio, Cafe and Shop– Edinburgh
The Three Fishes Gallery, Peebles- Scottish Borders
The Framing Gallery, Innerleithen- Scottish Borders
Traquair House, nr. Innerleithen- Scottish Borders
House of Gaia, Peebles- Scottish Borders
Boscastle Rocks, Boscastle- Cornwall
Curious Egg, artist crafted interiors- online
Talliston House & Gardens, Great Dunmow- Essex
‘Fish Flagrante’, Eastgate Theatre and Arts Centre, Peebles. 21/6/14 – 7/7/14.
‘The Otter’s Tale’, Harestanes Countryside Visitor Centre nr. Jedburgh. 1/4/15 – 7/6/15.
‘Rapt in Winter’, Silver Tree Studio, Peebles. 5/12/15 – 6/12/15.
‘Rapt in Winter’, Anne Younger Studio, Eastgate Theatre and Arts Centre, Peebles. 26/11/16 – 27/11/16.
‘A Sense of Place’, Tweeddale Museum and Art Gallery, Peebles. 5/8/17 – 2/9/17.
‘Shambhala at Shambellie’, Shambellie House, New Abbey, Dumfries. 17/8/17 – 29/8/17.
My science writing can be found on the Microscopy and Imaging Channel at Bitesize Bio;
I am also the author of a beginners microscopy ebook called ‘Before You Touch That Microscope!’;
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