The Craft Scotland Summer Show shares the same aims as RIO: to encourage engagement with, and the purchase of, high quality craft across all media. Don’t be put off by the bizarre location – once you have made your way through two floors of White Stuff clothing, you enter a beautiful craft boutique. The space makes sense: it is grand but slightly scruffy, and the period features of the two rooms make a refreshing change from a typical ‘white cube’ gallery space.
The rear room has been well adapted for the jewellery section of the show; artificially lit wall mounted cases stop the objects from becoming lost in the cavernous room. Glasgow School of Art graduate Francesca Flynn’s jewellery was a highlight. Flynn uses resin to mimic naturally formed crystalline structures, adding pigment to obtain a deep sense of colour: this collection is inspired by vivid blue of copper sulphate crystals. The resulting jewellery is not only beautiful and highly wearable, it is endlessly fascinating to look at.
The front room of the exhibition has been used to create a more domestic environment. Furniture by makers such as Andy Forbes and Joanne Black has been used to display ceramics, textiles and glass – it is an effective display method that encourages potential purchasers to imagine objects in their homes. The formica tabletops of Susan Harper’s side tables displayed a particularly interesting use of materials and pattern.
Exhibits by milliner Sally-Ann Provan and fashion designer Judy R Clark reflect the importance of the show as a source of commissions as well as instant sales. Visitors are encouraged to contact the makers directly if they require a bespoke piece, or wish to purchase an item in a different size. The Craft Scotland Summer Show does not shy away from the importance of sales for a maker’s living. The popularity of craft amongst the general public is at an all time high but this popularity can only be translated into sales if purchasers are given the opportunity to see new and established makers’ work. Parallel to the show are a series of Meet Your Maker talks, allowing visitors to meet the people behind the objects.
Review by Francesca BasebySee: Craft Scotland Summer Show
Until 26 August 2013
2nd Floor, White Stuff, 89 George Street, Edinburgh
Open Mon-Sat 11am-6pm, Sun 12-5pm