Celebrating the best of Scottish contemporary art, this exhibition is currently showing at Dovecot Studios in Edinburgh. The building, itself is a cleverly converted swimming pool, with a viewing gallery where one can go and watch the weavers below working on their tapestries.
Dovecot Studios was originally established in 1912 by the Marquess of Bute, the two founding weavers from William Morris renowned tapestry workshops at Merton Abbey passing on their skills to successive generations of weavers through a formal apprenticeship scheme that continues today.
‘ Select’ features work from some of the most acclaimed and talented makers working in Scotland today across a wide range of disciplines including wood, ceramics, jewellery,furniture, textiles, glass and silver. Whilst ‘select’ is an opportunity to buy, it is also a place to learn about contemporary craft with a programme of meet the maker events that ran over two weekends in December.
These lovely necklace and bracelets are made from walnut with planes and cross sections to suggest forms and capture volumes, transforming 2D surfaces into 3D objects.
Susan O’Bryne makes animals with a certain awkward vulnerability. She makes a metal frame over which she layers printed and patterned pieces of porcelain paper clay.
Peter Blake is probably best known for his collage cover on Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band. He was a key figure in British Pop Art and at 81 is still working. Blake first worked with Dovecot Studios in the mid nineteen seventies and the idea was revived in 2011 and the results based on a series of prints are still popular today. ‘Target, Rainbow, Star, Heart’ 2012 is for sale at £7,200 and is from an edition of 12.
The exhibition runs until 21st December so there is still an opportunity to purchase a special gift or just go and look at the accomplished work on show.
for more details visit http://dovecotstudios.com/whats-on/event/39/selected