Thursday, 30 June 2011

retirement and creativity

(Ipad image - Ann Shaw)

What does approaching retirement mean to you?

"Looking forward to lots of creativity."

( 64 year old woman)

Wednesday, 29 June 2011


Getting on a bit.........

"Desire to retire.
Fear of working 'till I drop."


Tuesday, 28 June 2011

old age....and the alternative

(Ipad drawing - Ann Shaw)

Old age means life.
It is much better than the alternative.
(George Sutherland)

Monday, 27 June 2011

Price for maturity

( Ipad drawing - Ann Shaw)

"Old age is a high price to pay for maturity."

Hugh Heighway, East Kilbride, Scoland.

Saturday, 25 June 2011

Remain young inside

(Ipad - Ann Shaw)

"As long as you remain young inside"the old shell".

(Lesley , age 65, Fife)

Friday, 24 June 2011

"My father was right..."

(ipad image Ann Shaw)

"By the time I knew my father was right my son thought I was wrong".
( Henry )

Thursday, 23 June 2011

"Prisoner of my famiy"

Ipad drawing - Ann Shaw

"I thought geting old meant freedom to play- to do your own thing with enthusiasm.

"I find that it is the opposite- I am at everyone's beck and call and never seem to stop doing things for others.

" I'm a prisoner of my family."

(Anon- 70 year old woman)

Wednesday, 22 June 2011


Ipad Drawing: Ann Shaw "Freedom"

During Forth Valley Open Studios I asked visitors to my studio to write what growing old meant to them and pop it into a box.
Most chose to be anonymous.

"Freedom to be myself".

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Chinese .....approach to ageing

Image: "Contentment" drawn on ipad - Ann Shaw

During Forth Valley Open Studios I launched my inter-active "
Time of our Lives...getting on a bit" project.

I asked people to write down on a piece of paper what it meant to them.

One of the first was from Yang, a 22 year old Chinese marketing student:

"Old people is precious treasure to their family."