Julia Douglas & Colin Usher
and also Becca & Dougie
Colin Usher and Julia Douglas are a Scottish husband and wife team, who are currently renovating a property in Nérac (47) in South West France, from where they will offer residencies for creative professionals from 2018 onwards.
This property is called Studio Faire. It is a centre for creative development and the home of Colin, Julia and their two Labradors, Becca and Dougie.
Colin Usher is a digital media professional, photographer & drummer. Colin spent his 20s as a photographer for The Face, The List, Dance & Theatre companies, while playing drums in indie bands in the earnest search of a record deal and music based career.
He bought his first Mac in 1993 and has worked in and around the creative industries ever since.
The Proclaimers have also relied on Colin to look after their digital media since 2001. He has directed, shot and edited many videos for them (and many other bands) as well as designing album covers and taking care of their web presence.
Find out more at: colinusher.com
Julia Douglas studied Textiles and Surface Decoration, specialising in Textile Screen Printing. During her MA in Art & Design her work became more sculptural and she has been known to use knitting, felt making, paper making and found objects to make her sculptures. She has even broken 12,500 cloth pegs to make a dress (‘Highly Sprung’ is now in the permanent collection of Aberdeen Art Gallery) and stitched together hundreds of snap fasteners to make ‘Prayer Gloves’ (now in the permanent collection of Deveron Arts).
She has also co-ordinated Open Call Exhibitions for the Society of Scottish Artists and is pretty darn good at designing websites for artists.
Find out more at: www.juliadouglas.co.uk
Becca Douglas Usher is a 9 year old Labrador. Often found in a shady spot in the garden or relaxing under the dining table, just in case a crumb should drop! She has a very friendly and gentle nature. She will smile at you when you arrive and snooze at your feet to keep you company while you relax.
Dougie Douglas Usher is a 5 year old Labrador. Often found sunbathing in the garden. He has an insatiable appetite and will scoff any food left unattended! He is affectionate and loves company. Like a shadow, he will follow you to ensure you (he!) need never be alone. We do ask him to stay out of your bedroom though and he’s cool with that.
The journey so far …
We have THE BIGGEST NEWS to share with you … we have found STUDIO FAIRE and ... we got the keys TODAY!!! Now we can start our adventure to create STUDIO FAIRE for real! We have a way to go as much still needs to be done to the property to make it suitable for...read more
Last September, I was invited to write an article for French Property News, so I put pen to paper to share our personal experience of trying to buy a property in France from the UK. Much has happened since, but you may be interested in reading about our journey up to...read more
We are often asked 'How did you choose the Lot-et-Garonne?' It was quite simple really. After circling the airports that have cheap flights from Edinburgh to the South of France on the map and visiting for a couple of driving trips, we narrowed it down to Bordeaux as...read more
We have been extremely busy here at Studio Faire over the past couple of months hunting down the perfect property for creative residencies in the region and climbing the mountain of paperwork that inevitably ensues (the French really LOVE paper!). We are desperately...read more
Throughout August and September we have been running a crowdfunding campaign at Indiegogo and today is the very last day. With the generosity and faith of our supporters, we have raised an amazing £8,130 towards the deposit for a business premises, which offers its...read more
We have been laying down the foundations of a new business. Studio Faire is a small enterprise we’ll be setting up in South West France. A business that will benefit many people over the coming years. Normally setting up a new business involves raising finance or...read more