Tighnabruaich textile designer selected to showcase the Best of Scottish Craft

Tighnabruaich textile designer Eve Campbell.

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Tighnabruaich textile designer Eve Campbell has been selected for the Craft Scotland Summer Show 2019.

She will be joined by Helensburgh jeweller Caitlin Hegney at the seventh annual event, which is taking place in Edinburgh next month.

The event will welcome 41 of country’s most exciting craft talent, with jewellery, contemporary ceramics, innovative furniture, vibrant textiles just some of the work on show.

Running from Friday 2 August to Sunday 25 August, the second floor of White Stuff in Edinburgh’s George Street will be transformed into a haven for craft and design lovers. On show will be a huge range of precious metal and mixed media jewellery, woven cushions and rugs, quilted and printed textiles, hand-thrown ceramics, vibrant glass, forged steel vessels and wooden homeware. With more than 6,000 visitors expected, the show is a magnet for craft and design enthusiasts seeking out a different kind of creative talent during the Edinburgh Festival.

Eve Campbell is one of 18 new makers to have been invited to exhibit her work at the show.

Having graduated from Glasgow School of Art in Textile Design last year, she was selected for a Texselect mentorship, aim is to select, mentor and promote the UK’s most talented newly graduated textile designers, which aims to prove graduates with an opportunity for realistic development, and a vital bridge between higher education and the real, commercial world.

Eve’s interest in natural environments on the brink of survival, particularly the delicate lichens and mosses growing between the shore and the land on the West Coast of Scotland, have inspired her textiles. She responds to these hinterlands through her drawings, stencils and prints, creating large-scale prints for textiles, ceramics and concrete pieces. For Eve, print is an extension of her sketchbook and her abstract patterns are created through her spontaneous paper stencilling and colour mixing.

Visualising herself as collector of information and materials, Caitlin Hegney’s new collection explores thoughts and observations about ancient culture in her metal and wooden jewellery. In previous work, the Helensburgh artist has been fascinated with the history of the colour blue, experimenting with dyes and the technique of crushing Lapis Lazuli to create pigment. She creates texture by the ancient processes of chasing in metal and wood carving, creating relationships and tensions across surfaces.

Caitlin also graduated from The Glasgow School of Art last year in silversmithing and jewellery and was awarded the Craft Scotland Graduate Award.

New for 2019 are a programme of young maker workshops for 12- to 16-year-olds.

On Sunday August 11, Lucy Roscoe will guide participants through traditional bookbinding skills to create three book forms, and on Saturday August 17 Kim Gunn will show participants how to create colour, patterns and textures on fabric in her Heat Transfer Printing Workshop.

Speaking ahead of this year’s Craft Scotland Summer Show, Craft Scotland director Irene Kernan said: ‘At Craft Scotland we are incredibly privileged to be surrounded by beautiful craft and engage with talented makers on a daily basis. Knowing the wealth of amazing work being made in Scotland we’re excited to be able to share so much of that at this year’s Show. For craft and design enthusiasts the Craft Scotland Summer Show is an affordable way to begin or continue a love affair with Scottish craft. With the largest number of makers ever taking part this year, the Summer Show is the best place to see what’s fresh and new in contemporary craft and the best place to discover new talent who are exploring interesting materials and themes.

‘Many of these makers start their journey with Craft Scotland’s Summer Show and other shows we do and use this platform to develop great craft careers increasing their profile, securing prestigious stockists and dedicated commissions.

‘In this regard it’s particularly encouraging to see so many makers who will show their work with us for the first time.’