Blowing in the Wind

When the wind is high is an exhibition of site specific textiles and printed luggage inspired by the weather by Laura Spring.

In her work she explores the idea of how a print relates to the function of the object it adorns and during a recent residency at Cove Park she developed symbols and motifs relating to the weather into eye-catching contemporary fabric designs.

Group of bags by Laura Spring

Her collection of hand printed luggage and outerwear is shown alongside new site specific work inspired by the early meteorological kites of the late 1800s.

Site specific work by Laura Spring

Installation by Laura SpringMeteorological kites were developed between 1749 and 1933 as a way of recording information such as air temperature, wind direction and wind speed. Alexander Wilson and Thomas Melville carried initial experiments in Glasgow in 1749, curious to see if the air on the ground was warmer or colder than the air above the ground.

The six kites in the exhibition are recreations of the Bowed Eddy kite and the Hargrave Cellular kite which were invented in the late 1800s. The prints featured on the kites are inspired specifically by wind, and the way it has been visually represented over the years – from Vertical Gustiness Meters to Wind Roses to the more common Arrow used on weather reports everyday.

Glasgow based designer/maker Laura is a graduate of Glasgow School of Art and during the early part of her career worked in costume design for film, TV and theatre.  She specialises in screen-printed textiles and her current practice draws inspiration from every day experiences.

See: Laura Spring
When the wind is high
25 October – 3 December 2012
Review Gallery, Level 1, The Lighthouse, Mitchell Lane, Glasgow G1 3NU
Open Mon to Sat 10.30am – 5pm Sun 12 – 5pm

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