Neil MacKay is a landscaper and maker. It is difficult to say when you first meet someone how things are going to work out. Everyone’s situation is unique. When we met Neil we spoke about his interests and where he was at. He was clearly interested in what was going on and had skills in landscaping, art and making. It was very early days for Neil getting back into the swing of things.
Neil is introduced to us by Streetwork. We invite him to come along to Whyte Place where we are working on garden activities for LinkLiving. He decides it’s not the right time to be involved at that point in time.
We bump into Neil again on the street in a pretty bad shape. He remembers what we do and says he will be in touch when he gets back on track.
Neil’s in a better place and keen to get back involved so comes along to the visual art studio at Basic Mountain
We start talking through ideas with the Scottish Beekeepers Association for their display tent at the upcoming Royal Highland Show for summer 2014.
At the Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop Neil becomes actively involved in the design and making preparations for the SBA display.
Having shown a real talent for marquetry Neil creates a beautiful inlay table under the guidance of furniture maker Susan Harper for the 2014 Royal Highland Show.
Building on this positive experience Neil embarks on the next phase of collaboration with the beekeepers for their Royal Highland Show display tent in 2015
Neil contributes to the design and construction of ‘The Barry’ – a bespoke piece of furniture that functioned as the honey tasting bar at the 2015 Royal Highland Show.