Sustaining Creative Practice Through Collaboration

16th Sep · Dawn Hawkins

A panel discussion with makers whose work addresses the themes of sustainability and wellbeing (human and environmental.)

Meet Make Collaborate exhibitors Cally Booker, Fiona Hall, Stefanie Cheong and Susie O’Byrne will join Applied Arts Scotland Chair, Carol Sinclair to share their experience of collaboration at a distance.

They will discuss the exchange of ideas and skills that resulted in new creative directions and sustainable approaches to their practice.

Part of our Crafting Interconnections: between ways of making and living season of events developed in collaboration between the Barn and Applied Arts Scotland.

Sustaining Creative Practice Through Collaboration

Online Discussion - Thursday 28 October 2021 @ 2pm

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Carol Sinclair is a ceramic artist living and working in Angus. Alongside her role as project facilitator she also collaborated with Nova Scotian based jeweller Rebecca Hannon. Working together has created opportunities for skills and knowledge exchange, and significantly impacted the way each views their living and working environments.

Cally Booker lives and weaves in Dundee. Her work combines slow making with digital design tools, and multi-layered weaves with naturally dyed and organic yarns. The opportunity to collaborate internationally with Canadian textile artist Andrea Tsang Jackson has given her new material challenges and a fresh perspective on the narratives embedded in woven cloth.

Fiona Hall is a maker from Aberdeen specialising in textile surface and hand stitch. Collaborating with two Mexican makers, weaver Soledad Ruiz Mendoza, and sustainable materials specialist Dalila Cruz, they explored the theme of transition, the loss of ‘unsustainable’ ways of life and natural dyes from Mexico and Scotland.

Stefanie Cheong is an art jeweller based in Glasgow. Her work is made from found Scottish rock with recycled and fairtrade metals. Collaborating with Thai maker Kawisara Anansaringkarn they explored the problem of e-waste to produce a new set of composite materials and create new types of rock.

Susan O’Byrne, Irish born, Scottish based ceramic artist specialising in allegorical animal forms with intricate printed and collaged porcelain surfaces. Collaborating with Mengnan Qu, a Chinese born Halifax based jeweller, they fused historic, contemporary and narrative perceptions of “The Silk Road” to explore creative and technical development through cultural exchange.