Making Connections, shown at Timespan in May 2006, presented a selection of work by recently graduated makers from Scottish art schools alongside work by more established craft practitioners and Timespan’s artist-in-residence at the time.
Helen Gilmour (Glasgow School of Art, 2005) presented a collection of quirky ‘knitted’ ceramics. Cleverly devised and intriguing pieces included a teapot and cup and saucer, non-functional pieces made to be enjoyed rather than used.
Charlie Sale (Edinburgh College of Art, 2005) showed a collection of glass vessels inspired by a love of subaquatic pattern, colours and forms. The shapes, textures and colour formed through layers carved out and cut into, created multi-faceted objects which refracted light in ever-changing variations.
Abigail Percy (Glasgow School of Art, 2005) exhibited a number of pieces of jewellery inspired by a fascination with historical repeat pattern designs, particularly floral. Pieces included oversized gold and fake ivory brooches and pearl drop earrings, each piece a study of pattern and two-dimensional design in three dimensions.
Alison Macleod (Edinburgh College of Art, 2003) presented a collection of jewellery inspired by her love for old objects found in junk shops, attics and museums. Exploring the notion that for many people the memory of someone or a time past can be retained within a possession, Alison developed pieces using beaded wire, silver, semi-precious stones to echo the intense decoration found in antique jewellery.
Laura McIver (Glasgow School of Art, 2004) drew on the concept of simplifying and stylising organic shapes into patterns and silhouettes to create the jewellery shown in this exhibition. Her pieces involve the intricate piercing of patterns, and the forming of 2D components into 3D wearables making necklaces, brooches and rings in silver with oxidised, satin and blanched finishes and details in gold, pearls and semi-precious beads
Su Blackwell, a Cumbria based metal worker showed a body of recent work formed using safety pins to capture the fragile character of wrens, humming birds and other varieties.
Deirdre Nelson, a Glasgow based artist who works with textiles, exhibited a selection of work based on the Ayrshire needleworkers who produced meticulous Ayrshire whitework. This type of embroidery was particularly laborious due to the use of white thread on a white base.
Julian Meredith, artist-in-residence at the time of the exhibition showed a series of large-scale prints. Fluke, Sand Drawing and Shoal of Fish all demonstrated the use of pattern and scale central to all of Julian’s work and were shown alongside a video of Julian producing these large scale works.