I work in steel and create unique sculptures of animals and abstract pieces. Inspiration is drawn from nature, and a fascination for movement, fluidity, lightness and texture. Humour also plays an important part in the creation process, which hopefully is revealed in my work. For me, metal has still an element of surprise and adaptability is crucial. Scale can vary from small items to life-size artwork.
Aileen Lochhead is a contemporary fibre artist working primarily in crochet.
She designs and creates a variety of articles that are wearable and useful in the home. She strives to work with a recycled theme, particularly with rag rugs.
Aileen is keen to promote the art and craft of crochet, and publishes a multitude of free patterns for crochet and knitted items. She tries to incorporate 'vintage' into her work, either by inspiration or use of recycled materials.
Trevor Leat and Alex Rigg create and build furniture using natural materials. Our combination of willow-weaving techniques and construction using Scottish hard-wood give a sense of scale and solidity. The sculptural qualities of the materials are used in combination with bold, figurative design to give a strong presence to each individual piece.
Alex has a very different view of the world, informed by many years creating theatrical devices intended to deceive.
There is a dramatic element to his work enhanced by the use of a wide variety of media, frequently combining a diversity of materials. Leather may be allied with gold leaf, ink with aluminium, flotsam and architectural salvage with acrylic colours.
Ali works with textiles & mixed media commercially, for exhibition and to commission. She is a community tutor in the Lothians and runs workshops & classes in design & mixed media techniques from her studio “The Purple Thread Shed” near Edinburgh.
Based on the shore of Loch Broom in the north west Highlands of Scotland, I design and make a range of framed collages and greetings cards which are also suitable for framing. I like to use my own handmade papers, Harris Tweed and other materials. I think of them as small mementos of the bigger picture.
I weave cloth, by hand, from wool (spun and unspun pedigree organic Shetland fleece), fine linen, naturally dyed silk and organically grown cotton.
Bell's practice has transitioned from hand painted silk accessories to textile installations which respond the natural environment and our place within it.
Tweed Delights came about after I discovered some forgotten remnants of Harris Tweed in the back of a cupboard. Inspired by my children's toys, I began to design a range of gift ideas to suit the whole family. I use Gaelic where I can in my range, which also includes handmade cards, bookmarks, applique pictures etc.
Tiger Textiles offers a range of textile artworks and designs as well as the popular hand painted wall blocks which are ideal for gifts.
Alison is currently working on digital prints and embroidered tweed, which is being used in collaboration with fashion designers. Her designs are mainly inspired by the Hebrides-the changing culture, the beautiful surroundings and the Gaelic language.