The exhibition will be held at Creative Exchange, Leith, from Monday 13th March – Friday 24th March, 10am-4pm.
Our exhibition champions the design process, reconnecting product with process and customer with creator.
For the exhibition, ten new and established designer makers were selected in open competition from across Scotland to showcase new work, representing a wide range of disciplines, materials and techniques. Their submissions were first exhibited at our launch party and exhibition in September and we are thrilled to be taking this exhibition across Scotland over the coming months.
Come and see the ways in which our winning competition entrants pushed their practice and challenged themselves. Extraordinary results all round including knitted chairs and woven houses as well as interractive exhibits. Reconnect with craft and discover the processes behind the pieces and the designer makers for whom they constitute a lifework.
Featuring works by: Amy Benzie, Annette Baumann: Licht ID, Carol Sinclair, Kathryn Williamson, Laura Lightbody, Olive Pearson Designs, Pea Cooper, Ruth Hollywood, Vicky Swales Woven Textiles and Wanshu Li.
We will tour the exhibition taking it to Dundee, Shetland and Paisley, linking in with local designer makers from the different regions and celebrating the country’s craft and design traditions and contemporary design culture.
At the end of the tour, the exhibition works will be auctioned in Edinburgh for ‘Modern Makers’, a programme run by Upland Arts Development CIC which gives young people in the Dumfries and Galloway region the opportunity to work with makers to learn new skills and find out about design processes and collaborative working. The aim is to extend this opportunity into other regions of Scotland.
Focusing on the designer makers’ creative processes, our film team documented them as they produced their works, as well as showing elements of the research process and development of materials
As a part of the exhibition you can download ‘Behind the Design’ by Craft Design House, a location-based interactive and educational app, uncovering artists, spaces and inspiration. The ten selected exhibition makers will feature on the app, where children and adults can learn more about the inspiration and material behind each piece, which will be expanded during the exhibition tour, connecting the work, heritage and culture of design and craftsmanship.
The panel who selected the featured designer makers were: Alex Milton – Programme Director of Year of Irish Design 2015, Xanthe Weir – Design industry expert and founder of Lair, Sarah Rothwell – Assistant Curator Art & Design, National Museum of Scotland with a focus on Contemporary Craft, specifically ceramics, glass and jewellery and Catriona Baird – freelance curator and GSA design graduate.
Our exhibition has also been instrumental in our shortlisting for the Arts & Business Scotland 30th Annual Awards that celebrate the best in Scotland’s business and cultural sectors. Their prestigious awards aim to inspire cultural creativity and engagement, recognising those companies that perfectly blend the relationship between business and culture to deliver innovative experiences to the people of Scotland and beyond. The award ceremony will take place on 23rd March when the winner will be announced so fingers crossed!
The exhibition is also an opportunity to highlight the range and diversity of innovative contemporary craft and design work being produced across Scotland. At Craft Design House we want to enable anyone to engage with and develop a greater understanding of the value and worth of the works. We want to renegotiate interactions with Craft, so that craft pieces are accessible, and appreciated and utilised as everyday objects, not merely as ornaments gathering dust.
The aim of the exhibition was to champion the design process and provide a platform where visitors could engage and have a greater understanding of the value and worth of the work made. This was achieved through telling the designer makers’ stories and bringing the skills and workmanship to life through video and imagery, such as the video of Wanshu Li’s work and process below.
Carol Sinclair, one of our competition winning designer makers, comments:
“What Craft Design House do that is very different is tell the makers stories in the round – supporting exhibitions with films, social media with an effective selling platform, finished products with samples, sketchbooks and films of production. It is this fully considered approach that makes the relationship between Craft Design House its makers and audience so satisfying and productive. And as the membership grows the network of makers and audiences grows too. It is a community with shared interests and passions.”
Creative Exchange in the heart of historic Leith is not only our HQ but also the perfect place to begin our exhibition tour with its light and bright gallery space on the ground floor in an exceptional and iconic building. Creative Exchange, previously the Corn Exchange, is a innovatively restored and re-purposed listed building that now nurtures new start-up talent and nestles snugly in the artistic and industrial core of this unique community.