Experiencing Craft at Selected

This is the second year of Selected at Edinburgh’s Dovecot and this selling exhibition is one to be recommended as an opportunity to experience and possibly buy new ceramics, jewellery, furniture, textiles, glass and silver by some of Scotland leading makers.

As you would expect given the international reputation of Scottish jewellery there is a wide selection on show with work by twelve jewellers and three silversmiths. This includes the appealing new Catkin collection by Alison Macleod and eye-catching hand dyed elastic necklaces, earrings and bangles by Gilly Langton inspired by sea and harbour scapes. The delicate jewellery constructed from small circles by Misun Won is another highlight.

Moody Tube grey red brooch by Anais Paulard
Moody Tube grey red brooch by Anais Paulard

Alongside these renowned and collected jewellers are several newly emerging designers, such as Anaïs Paulard whose Moody Tubes are definitely conversation pieces. Her jewellery is inspired by feelings and the marks and traces they leave behind, and she has explored this by developing a deeper interaction between the wearer and the piece through creating jewellery which leaves traces behind through spreading pigments. An intriguing and controversial concept, which hopefully comes with cleaning instructions.

Another exhibit which pushes the boundaries is the glass and ceramic sculptural works by artist Jessamy Kelly. Renowned for their incompatibility due to differences in structure, she has successfully combined them capturing a crashing wave of ceramic within a wave of glass.

James Donald & David Weir, Dovecot Director
James Donald & David Weir, Dovecot Director
Gilly Langton & Kirstie Skinner, Outset Scotland
Gilly Langton & Kirstie Skinner, Outset Scotland
Misun Won & Jane Sommerville
Misun Won & Jane Sommerville
Judy Scott & Janine Matheson, Creative Edinburgh
Judy Scott & Janine Matheson, Creative Edinburgh

There is a selection of beautiful sculpted steam-bent ash furniture by Angus Ross, an attractive collection of printed scarves and ties by Judy Scott, and a range of woven ties and scarves in earthy shades inspired by the colours of nature by James Donald, perfect gifts for the urban man.

Anyone who has visited the Society of Scottish Artist’s 177th Annual Open Exhibition at the RSA Building (until 20 Dec) and noticed Lorna Fraser’s installation ‘Still’ will find there is an opportunity at Selected to buy one of the white ceramic plants in a pot which form part of it.

This year the exhibition also encourages us to consider how we connect with craft by inviting visitors to take their photograph with their favourite piece and post it on twitter with the hashtag #MatchedMakers. There is a craft-bombed chair in the exhibition specifically for visitors to do this, and a wall of photographs of people connected to the venue with their favourite objects from the show.

This is an enjoyable exhibition showcasing a varied range of work by twenty seven Scottish makers with lots of lovely craft to buy; however, it sometimes feels compromised by trying to be both an exhibition and selling event. As a buying experience Selected is still finding its place, and it will be interesting to see how it develops and grows in future years.

Review by Tina Rose

See & Buy: Selected
Until 21 December 2014
Dovecot, 10 Infirmary Street, Edinburgh EH1 1LT
Open 10.30am – 5.30pm
Free

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