Scotland: Craft & Design 2017

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Show Details Craft Scotland and Emergents present the Scotland: Craft & Design pavilion – our selection of innovative, design-led Scottish craft at the London Design Fair. Find us in Hall T4-A / 1st Floor Old Truman Brewery 26 Hanbury Street London E1 6QR Thursday 21 to Sunday 24 September 2017 Trade-only days: Thursday 21 to Friday 22 September 2017 Trade and Public days: Saturday 23 to Sunday 24 September 2017 Use the hashtags #scotcraftdesign and #LDNdesignfair for up-to-the-minute information.


by Dr Stacey Hunter The Scotland: Craft & Design 2017 pavilion presents a diverse and confident showcase of handmade design by 17 independent makers. Sophisticated concepts and techniques integrate seamlessly with unpackaged, visceral experiences producing a collection notable for its elemental and monumental qualities. The new movement in Scottish design, made distinctive by its bold expressivity, is beautifully curated in this multidisciplinary exhibition of contemporary craft. The collection demonstrates conceptual depth and clarity of ideas, and indicates an impulse to elevate craft to take its rightful place as cultural artefact. The Scottish landscape, so diverse in character, colour and climate, is an enduring resource – translated here into a spectrum of experiences and forms of craft. This group of designers – engaged as they are in a cooperative act with the materials they have chosen – celebrate craftsmanship. The poetics and persuasion of forming, adapting, altering and joining is part of their creative process, and rendered vividly throughout the collection. Having taken part in the pavilion’s selection panel, I am struck by how design-led craft in Scotland is increasingly innovative and individualised. The lasting impression for visitors to the Scotland: Craft & Design 2017 pavilion will be of a highly collectable, conceptually rich snapshot of contemporary design pushing the boundaries of craft, its materials and its narratives. Dr Stacey Hunter is a Design Curator & Founder of Local Heroes / Based in Scotland

Craft Scotland Craft Scotland is the national development agency for craft. We put makers at the heart of all we do, championing diverse and high-quality contemporary craft. We help people learn about, appreciate and buy craft, promoting the contribution of craft to Scotland’s cultural, economic and social well-being. Through our exhibitions and events programmes, digital platforms and strategic partnerships, we provide leadership for the sector. We create opportunities for makers to develop their creative and business practice, and to exhibit and sell work in Scotland and beyond. Scotland has a proud history of making and its skilled makers have a well-deserved international reputation. Makers are using traditional and cutting-edge techniques across a wide range of practices including; ceramics, glass, metalwork, textiles, basketry, furniture and jewellery. Their creativity supports Scotland’s economy and its international reputation for innovation and entrepreneurship. We are a registered charity supported by Creative Scotland. +44 (0) 131 466 3870

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Emergents Emergents is a community interest company based in the Highlands and Islands who nurture and develop professional craft makers, fashion designers and producers - from emerging to well established businesses. We aim to make a real difference to the economic and creative life of our clients and achieve this with tailored high level support including online and live training programmes, mentoring, showcasing and research visits. The work of XpoNorth Crafts, Fashion and Textiles is delivered through Emergents and funded by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (through European ERDF funds) and is a key part of HIE’s support strategy for the creative industries in the Highlands and Islands.

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Patricia Shone Isle of Skye, Highlands & Islands Patricia Shone’s work is informed by the powerful landscape around her on the Isle of Skye. The pieces are hand-built and fired using various processes to give colour and density. Patterns of natural and human history are reflected into innately human vessel forms. As the world advances in technolog y and everyday surfaces are increasingly synthetic, Patricia’s work challenges the viewer with the reality of nature – wild, unpackaged, visceral. +44 (0)775 684 3728

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Photography by Joris Jan Bos

Heather Shields Argyll, Argyll & Bute Heather Shields is a textile designer and weaver specialising in contemporary fabrics, homeware and accessories. Based in Argyll on the west coast of Scotland, she designs her cloth using both traditional and electronic looms, hand-weaving samples with carefully selected yarns in punchy colour palettes. Her striking patterns, strong graphic edge and playful approach to colour reflect a variety of influences including the Bauhaus movement and modernist painters. +44 (0)750 803 4414

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Photography by Susan Castillo

Kate Colin Glasgow Growing up, Kate Colin’s mathematician father filled her home with handmade polyhedra models. Her appreciation for the beauty and variety of three-dimensional forms informs her unique lighting designs. Based in Glasgow, Kate handcrafts sculptural lighting using her own technique of hand scoring and folding paper. Through her meticulous work she explores how light, colour and geometry interact. +44 (0) 780 173 1737

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Photography by Alaisdair Smith Photography

Jonathan Pang Edinburgh Jonathan Pang’s approach to furniture is based upon clean and simple design, executed through intricate detail and complicated processes in its manufacture. Jonathan works to tight tolerances to allow precisely executed joinery that is both structural and visual. His passion lies in the design and making of visually striking pieces of furniture; creating valued pieces that will form the focus of any home. +44 (0) 796 730 0343


Hilary Grant Orkney, Highlands & Islands Together with design-partner Rob Harvey, Hilary Grant designs patterns for her luxury, Orkney-based knitwear label. They employ innovative techniques and visual effects to create intricate patterns, sometimes reminiscent of Fair Isle when seen up-close by the wearer, and from a distance, a bold, contemporary graphic. Drawing on the limitations of commercial knitwear production, the duo aim to create unique patterns for knitted textiles that can’t be found anywhere else. +44 (0)185 681 1404

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Photography by Caro Weiss

Shaun Fraser Inverness, Highlands & Islands There’s a sense of belonging which Shaun Fraser attaches to the Highlands. His glass work comments upon notions of identity and connections with place, with the Highlands and Islands providing a constant source of inspiration. He includes peat and local soils into his glass castings to give the work an innate link to the landscape, creating something raw, emotive and elemental. +44 (0) 789 970 8875

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Photography by Rudolf Borgart

Yellow Broom Moray, Highlands & Islands Yellow Broom is a collaboration between David Robson and Clare Waddle. They carefully co-design and hand-make a range of wellcrafted, aesthetically pleasing, utilitarian lighting. Yellow Broom places a strong value on quality materials, simplicity and good craftsmanship. Where possible their timber is locally sourced and can be traced back to its original location. Yellow Broom is proud to create products with a zero waste approach to production. +44 (0) 781 350 0603 yellowbroom_lighting YBproduct

Photography by Paul T Cowan

Harry Morgan Edinburgh Despite being composed of the same elements, glass and concrete have a conflicting relationship. Harry Morgan’s work highlights the contrasting qualities of these materials, forcing the two into one, physically improbable piece. The use of glass in Harry’s work draws inspiration from the ancient Venetian glassblowing technique, murrine, in which each thread is individually pulled by hand from a furnace. He works to apply these traditional skills in alternative directions. +44 (0) 752 803 0303

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Photography by Shannon Tofts

Mariam Syed Glasgow Mariam Syed is a handwoven textile designer based in Glasgow specialising in contemporary fabrics and rugs for home interiors. Her practice incorporates weaving, colour, architecture and geometry. Fascinated with the visual culture of her ancestral homeland Karachi, Mariam’s geometric designs are a representation of this busy city. She explores storytelling through woven textiles; translating the life and stories from the heart of the city into contemporary woven design. +44 (0) 785 300 8985


Photography by Susan Castillo

Juli Bolaños-Durman Edinburgh Emerging Latin American designer Juli Bolaños-Durman is based in Scotland. She has a background in graphic design, mixed-media and has embraced glass as a material. This specific set of experiences gives her a fresh and versatile vision when approaching the creative process. Juli transforms ordinary, found objects into valuable, timeless pieces and objects d’art. Winner of Jerwood Makers Open 2017 and the Elle Decoration British Design Awards 2015: Eco Design Category. +44 (0) 774 214 4894

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Photography by Shannon Tofts

Carrie Fertig Edinburgh Carrie Fertig’s artistic practice includes film, sculpture, and performances of glass made music and electronics. Her preferred materials are invisible or transparent: she uses sound and flameworked glass. For the Scotland: Craft & Design 2017 pavilion, Carrie has reinterpreted one of her instruments as chandeliers. These chandeliers provide the opportunity to enjoy this beautiful source of light and sound. +44 (0) 796 668 9833

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Photography by Shannon Tofts

Bespoke Atelier Glasgow Bespoke Atelier is a Glasgow-based surface/textile design studio, established by Yvonne Elliott-Kellighan and Marion Parola. Together, they create patterns on specialised materials for interior design, architecture and public realm projects, working with a wide range of clients: local councils, education and healthcare services, private developers, heritage properties, restaurants and museums. Their range of bespoke, patterned wallpapers is suitable for residential and contract use, developed from hand-drawn illustrations, mark-making and collage. +44 (0) 781 882 4014

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Photography by Ellie Morag

Tom Pigeon Arncroach, Fife Tom Pigeon is a creative studio founded by Pete and Kirsty Thomas. Based on the east coast of Scotland, Tom Pigeon’s creative work is sold around the world. Their Balance collection is a series of objects in wood, textile and metalwork. It explores different materials and craft techniques, looking at the tension and balance between simple geometric forms. +44 (0) 133 372 0796

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Fiona Byrne-Sutton Glasgow Fiona Byrne-Sutton is an artist who works through the medium of ceramics. Her work distils and recombines experiences of architecture, painting and decorative art. The forms and layout of her ceramic collection, The Angel’s Share, are informed by early Italian Renaissance painting; namely Duccio di Buoninsegna’s (d.1319) Maesta in Siena Cathedral and Giotto di Bondone’s (d.1337) Scrovegni Chapel frescoes in Padua, Italy. +44 (0) 790 449 1649

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Photography by Michael Wolchover

Namon Gaston Cousland, Midlothian Namon Gaston creates elegant, yet unassuming, pieces of furniture that will last for generations. His understated aesthetic is designed to age gracefully. The carefully selected timber and its arrangement is specific to each item. The meticulously chosen material is then paired with subtle detailing from time-honoured cabinet making techniques. Namon specialises in designing and producing freestanding furniture for his clients. +44 (0) 789 095 4624

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Photography by Stuart McClay Photography

Hynd and Halliday Edinburgh Hynd and Halliday is a collaborative partnership between Eve Hynd, a furniture and textiles maker, and ceramicist Myer Halliday. Utilising their shared love of design, craftsmanship and high-quality materials, the pair have created their first collection A Room of One’s Own. They have conceived and created a collection of three pieces of work – a chair, table and stool using bold materials such as leather, steel, marble and gold. +44 (0) 773 710 2792


Photography by Ellie Morag

Lynne MacLachlan Glasgow Lynne MacLachlan is a designer and maker of jewellery and objects based in Glasgow. Her work plays with light, space and colour. The vibrant, geometric forms reveal optical patterns, challenging the boundaries of design, art and fashion. Lynne is passionate about experimenting with digital technology and 3D printing, using the latest tools and materials in combination with traditional hand-finishing techniques to find creative applications which intrigue and delight. +44 (0) 784 171 4710

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Photography by Ellie Morag

Thank you Special thanks to the Scotland: Craft & Design 2017 pavilion partners, sponsors and supporters. Industry Selection Panel Jo Scott, Project Manager, Craft Scotland Jimmy MacDonald, Founder & Director, London Design Fair Pamela Conacher, Director, Emergents Dr Stacey Hunter, Design Curator & Founder of Local Heroes Pavilion design concept and seating GRAS Print design Design by Zag Branding design Graphical House Campaign photography Ellie Morag

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