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 Edinburgh viewing gallery

Dovecot Studios viewing gallery

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.

Dovecot by Willie Rodger a lino cut translated into a tapestry

Dovecot by Willie Rodger a lino cut translated into a tapestry

‘ 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.

Printed Ceramics by Fiona Mcintosh

Printed Ceramics by Fiona Mcintosh

 

Silver Spoons by Grant McCaig

Silver Spoons by Grant McCaig

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.

Naomi McIntosh necklace made from walnut wood

Naomi McIntosh necklace made from walnut wood

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.

Hare from porcelain paper clay by Susan O'Byrne

Hare from 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.

Target,Rainbow,Star, Heart 2012

Target, Rainbow, Star,  Heart 2012

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

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