Getting all creative in the N.E of Scotland

Meet Your Maker at Touched By Scotland

It’s been a busy week for me up the North East of Scotland with a packed schedule of events. Last weekend I was based at Touched By Scotland  for the Craft Scotland Meet Your Maker event. This runs throughout the year at various venues up and down the country, it’s all about connecting Designers / Makers / Crafters with the public and letting folk see the design process and techniques involved with their individual craft.

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setting up for Meet Your Maker

I was lucky enough to be teamed up with the lovely Susan Connon an extremely talented craft person and book binder from the NE of Scotland.

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Susan Connon @ Meet Your Maker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There was plenty time to share our skills with the visitors and a spot of indulgence on my part as I just HAD to have a go at making one of Susan’s beautiful notebooks.

The weather might have been misty and grey outside but we certainly had plenty of colour and creativity going on in doors! A big thank you to all for a very inspirational day, especially Dora Osborne Touched by Scotland’s artist in residence for getting me all excited about weaving again!

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Inspired by Colour workshops

This summer Aberdeen Art Gallery have been celebrating the work of knitwear and textile designer Kaffe Fassett. The exhibition takes you through his career spanning over 50 years with a coherent and wide selection of his work, from the paint and sketch to the knit and stitch.

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I was invited to host a couple of knit based workshops all about being inspired by Kaffe’s colourful work. On both days we spent time wondering around the collection focusing on the shapes , techniques and colour combinations that caught our eye collecting images to use as the source material to develop our own fabrics ideas.

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50 years in colour exhibition

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follow the flowers up the stairs and enter a world of colour.

I was first introduced to Kaffe Fasset’s style of textile design at Art School in the 90’s, and am still blown away by his creativity. It’s all his fault I became a textile designer and seeing this collection of fabrics close up just confirms that I made the right choice all those years ago. I still have to pinch myself that my own work is featured in the same Rowan Yarn  collections as my knitting hero!

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a selection of Rowan Magazines featuring my designs

With so much to choose from the creative possibilities were endless…..

As always I’m so inspired by the ideas folk develop at workshops and to me a sign that a good time was had is always the before and after shot…..

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before….

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after….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m back home now trying to catch up with all my future knit and stitch commitments, but the mind keeps wondering back to a fun week spent in my home town of Aberdeen and the beautiful countryside surrounding Touched by Scotland.

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