Peg-loom Love-seat ‘Weave Sat Together’
To be exhibited in Canada 2015/2016 (Burlington, Quebec City, and Halifax, Nova Scotia) as part of the Naked Craft Project.
“…the Naked Craft Network explores all contemporary manifestations of craft […] Craft can embody the stories we share, can challenge history, and shape the future. From the carefully hand-crafted to craftivist statements on identity to the digital revolution, join us in experiencing how today’s innovative craftspeople are rethinking Canadian and Scottish craft cultures and economies by stripping things back to the basics.”
This international project brings together the best of contemporary Canadian and Scottish crafts. Makers from these two countries are united in this exhibition to celebrate the shared sense of northern resilience as both of them rest to the north of a southern powerhouse. People in Scotland and Canada have a tendency to identify themselves by what they are not; Not English, Not American, and our countries appear to struggle to retain our freedom from those southern neighbours. Contemporary craft builds upon traditions and heritage that are place holders that aid in defining our identity and cultures.
This exhibition will strip ideas of craft back down to four themes that bridge the past and the present, traditional and changing ideas:
1. New Positions
2. Down and Dirty: politics and materials
3. Do-it-Yourself: DIY
4. Tooling Up: New technologies and economies.
‘Weave Sat Together’ (Peg-loom Love-Seat)
Scottish Hardwood / Hebridean sheep wool
completed April 2015
This bench is made from all natural materials: Scottish hardwoods and Hebridean sheep wool woven through a peg loom. The hollowed out seats are hand carved and their positioning suggests how two people might interact with the bench. The design is stripped back and functional, with even the decorative parts having served a function. For example, the visible marks of the maker’s chisel and the woven fabric act as both simple-yet-pleasing decoration, and evidence of human interaction. This suggestion of a previous encounter gives the bench a poetic narrative.