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'Soul Soup' by Caitlin Hynes at Parx Cafe!

'Soul Soup' is a new solo show from Caitlin Hynes, currently on at Parx Cafe. Caitlin has been quiet of late hosting a series of workshops and classes with the Creative Learning team, helping people of all ages to make, play and discover the joy of creating. And this element of joy and happiness is something that's present in a lot of Caitlin's work. 

Quietly beavering away for the past few months, the show is a masterclass in Caitlin's unique style and execution. Mixing screen print, drawings and ceramic works, the show is another step into Caitlins world. The drawings and prints have become more detailed and full while here grasp of ceramics if greatly informed by her clear creative vision. As we walked around the space small details began to emerge the works and everyone seemed to be enthralled by it. As I looked at each of the small ceramics on the table I noticed a little drawing next to each one, the blueprints for spoons, trinket bowls and ornaments. Every surface seemed to have something on it, the windows and windowsill a display board for many of the smaller works while a large table formed a centre piece for some of the larger works.

Parx cafe themselves have been doing a great job in providing exhibition space, hosting many shows in the last 12 months. I haven't made it down to as many as I'd like and was running late for Caitlins opening but we made it. It will be interesting to pop past on a normal cafe day and to see how the work sits in the space. I've spent hours looking at Caitlins drawings and prints, distorted animals and people seem to float in their own world, removed from our own and yet somehow still accessible. Certainly everyone who attended the opening seemed impressed and happy to step into that world for a few hours, some even taking the plunge and putting a red dot next to pieces they bought. As far as prices go Caitlins work is quite affordable, maybe even too cheap but I think its an investment that will keep giving as you can't look at them without smiling. 

'Soul Soup' is a nice step in Caitlins already impressive career and with a move to Edinburgh in the near future I'm sure well be seeing a lot more coverage of her work. The exhibition is on show at Parx for the next few weeks so be sure to get down for a proper look and take home something special while you can! Massive love to Caitlin who is a constant inspiration, on many levels and thanks to Duguld Allan for the snaps.

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