Crafts – At Collect art fair, Craft Scotland, the agency promoting Scottish creativity and craftsmanship, brings together the work of 11 makers ranging from silversmithing & goldsmithing, furniture making, ceramics, textiles and blacksmithing. Check the pieces we liked the most. Collect is on show until February 27 at Somerset House, London.
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Duke Christie uses local responsibly sourced timber to make sculpted forms with hand-carved textures. The work of the Moray-based furniture maker and artist is inspired by the natural environment surrounding his studio in the North East of Scotland. Duke plays with light and texture to create unique pieces that remind us of our elemental and emotional bond with the natural environment. “I aspire to celebrate wood and its imperfections and tell the story of the tree’s momentous life.”
Lynne MacLachlan-Eastwood of Lynne MacLachlan Studio presents a series of colourful jewelry and accessories combining handcrafting and digital crafting. She uses bespoke software tools and 3D printing to materialise complex forms refined with meticulous hand finishing techniques, such as dying, polishing and construction.
Lara Scobie presents exquisite ceramics with organic shapes and vibrant hues. Starting with an instinctive mark-making process, her work is receptive to the moment hand-touches-clay. Fascinated with the relationship between form and surface, she allows them to inform the other as the piece develops. “The ceramics relay the spontaneous process of hand-to-paper drawing, responding to how the materials react with the marks.”
Textile maker Jasmine Linington experiments with a variety of seaweed species hand-harvested, under license, from beaches close to Edinburgh. She uses the material as a natural dye and unique embellishments for her SeaCell fibre textiles. “I look at seaweed in new and inventive ways, currently showcasing the sustainable material’s unique position within the luxury textile market for interiors and fashion.”
In her early career, Eileen Gatt won a Royal Academy of Arts scholarship to work with Inuit stone carvers in Alaska. This experience has fuelled her interest in the Arctic ever since. Having collaborated with storytellers from both Scotland and North America, Eileen presents bespoke jewelry inspired by the Polar wilderness and pays homage to Inuit culture.
Steven & Ffion Blench of CHALK plaster furniture pieces crafted using the scagliola technique working with local pigments from the Fife Coast. Inspired by the rich history of the plastering tradition, their work aims to demonstrate that decorative plastering can be more than a heritage craft useful for the restoration or reproduction of historical designs.
Glasgow-based Susan O’Byrne specialises in the making of ceramic narrative animal forms and detailed collaged porcelain surfaces. Her work not only acknowledges the extraordinary role occupied by the animal in the imagination – populating myth, children’s stories and cultural traditions throughout history – but also the ability of the symbolic animal to embody, distill and reflect aspects of our own humanity.
All photos: courtesy of Craft Scotland.