Dovecot Gallery

Making Not Faking

I was fortunate enough to be taken on a trip to Edinburgh with other Jewellery and Metalwork students from DJCAD on Wednesday.  The visit to the Dovecot Studios was excellent.  The Dovecot was originally the old swimming baths and as well as housing the galleries for “The Making Not Faking” and “All Tied Up Exhibitions” it is the home to one of the world’s leading contemporary tapestry studios.

The Making Not Faking/Craft in Dialogue Exhibition is celebrating the work of all of the makers who have received craft development bursaries from the Inches Carr Trust.  There is a range of work on display: Glass, ceramics, jewellery, metalwork and textiles. I thought the work of Professor Dorothy Hogg was just fantastic. The superb quality pieces were a mix of materials: silver, red beads, acrylic, felt and pearls. Her work had been displayed in a really  eye-catching way.

The jewellery by Susan Cross was intriguing with the combination of thread and braid with oxidized silver. I like the idea of creating my own jewellery using a combination of materials and incorporating textiles so these were inspirational pieces for me to see.

The glass and acrylic pieces by Charonne Ruth were beautiful. The colours and the individual and unusual shapes were a perfect combination. They looked just like giant gems!

The All Tied Up Exhibition is a fabulous display of woven scarves showing the work of professional weavers. The work is in a wide variety of materials, wool, silk, linen and cotton. It was amazing to see the range of styles and textures as well as the spectacular colours. This is a perfect example by Margo Selby.

On the stairwell in the Dovecot is an intriguing installation, a mesh of cleverly woven wool is attached to the bannisters winding its way up and around creating a wave of colour.

The balcony of the Dovecot is another space where there is an array of art on display. At first glance they appear to be paintings but up close it’s clear that they are decorative rugs.  Looking down from the balcony is the large studio space where the woven tapestries and rugs are made to commission. The Dovecot weavers have worked with artists such as David Hockney, Henry Moore and Frank Stella.

The Edinburgh trip continued to visit the Museum of Scotland where the visit concentrated on viewing the chrystals, gems and rock collections.  It was interesting to hear about the various crystals and see how they look in their natural state. The giant amethyst was spectacular I wonder how many gemstones it would make?

Now after such a great day out I’m looking forward to our next trip now, maybe the Gold Mine at Cononish in Loch Lomond National Park would be worth a visit!

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