On Saturday 21 September, thousands of craft objects will be given away across Scotland as part of The Big Craft Give-Away – a project that aims to both encourage people to go and see craft, as well as provide new opportunities for people to get involved in making craft objects.
Created by leading craft artists and local communities at 11 venues across the country, each of the pieces take inspiration in some way from the place where they were made.
About the Objects
At the National Museum of Scotland paper artist Lucy Roscoe took the objects on display as inspiration and developed paper telephone boxes, juke boxes, gramophones and bicycles. Metal spirals reminiscent of plant DNA were created by jeweller Dorothy Hogg at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.
In Dunfermline textile artist Jeanette Sendler has worked with groups to decorate vintage napkins with patterns from the point paper designs used in Dunfermline’s linen industry in the 19th century, which will be displayed in the new Dunfermline Museum & Galleries when it opens in 2016.
Inverness & Highlands
In Inverness Museum and Art Gallery silversmith Grant McCaig is decorating discs of wood reflecting heritage craft skills, whilst in Thurso ceramicist Lorna Fraser is creating ceramic seed pods of Scottish trees and plants at Caithness Horizons reflecting their natural history collection and the herbarium of Robert Dick.
Dumfries & Galloway
Ceramic pods and leaves have also been made at Logan Botanic Garden in Dumfries & Galloway celebrating Scottish trees and plants during the Year of Natural Scotland.
At Museum nan Eilean, Isle of Benbecula, textile artist Katherine Emtage is developing objects in Tweed from the Outer Hebrides, a material indigenous to the islands which is cool to wear in the summer and warm in the winter, and linking to an exhibition on weather which is part of ‘Scotland Creates: A Sense of Place’, a collaborative project between National Museums Scotland and four partner museums across Scotland.
One of the other partners is The Dick Institute in Kilmarnock where ceramicist Angela Pointon has been creating labels inspired by the exhibition ‘Scotland Creates: Legacy of Lace’ which focuses on Ayrshire’s industrial heritage and the still thriving lace industry.
Also in Ayrshire, at the Barony Centre in West Kilbride, basketmaker Geoff Forrest working with glass artist Sue Wilkinson, will create an installation of screens inspired by the architectural forms of the building - the spire, gothic arch and angular contemporary extension – which will be hung with small willow objects.
At the Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) in Glasgow ceramicist Morgane Deffense is working with teenagers to create an installation of everyday objects from the kitchen cast in porcelain and reflecting the Every Day exhibition of sculpture by Glasgow artists.
In Hawick at Borders Textile Towerhouse ceramicist Clair Norris was inspired by the number of mills in a view of Hawick painted by John McNairn in the 1800’s and is creating an installation of tiles with buildings impressed through fabric.
You can receive one of the handmade pieces by visiting any of the 11 participating venues on 21 September or by applying online via the website to receive one in the post.
There will also be opportunities throughout the day to take part in drop-in making sessions with the craft artists.
More About the Project
This is the second year of the Big Craft Give- Away which received funding through Creative Scotland’s First in a Lifetime programme.
The project is an initiative by Really Interesting Objects in partnership with the Barony Centre, West Kilbride, Borders Textile Towerhouse, Hawick, Caithness Horizons, Dick Institute, Kilmarnock, Dunfermline Museum & Galleries, Fife Contemporary Art & Craft, Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow, Inverness Museum & Art Gallery, Museum nan Eilean, National Museums Scotland and Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh at Logan.
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