Modern Heritage Craft 2014

Spring Fling has been supported by The Holywood Trust and The Heritage Lottery Fund to give young people in the region the opportunity to work with some of Dumfries and Galloway’s most talented heritage crafts people. The Modern Heritage Craft Project will run in 2014 and 2015 giving up to twenty 15-25 year olds the chance to create contemporary functional objects.

An exhibition of the work from six young people who worked with Godfrey Smith, a traditional clog and shoe maker based in Balmaclellan, and three who worked with Ian Cameron-Smith a furniture maker in Tynholm, ran from 20th May – 15th June at Broughton House in Kirkcudbright.

Here's what some of the participants had to say:

“I’ve always been interested in making things and couldn’t pass up this opportunity. I made the most fantastic pair of derby boots and can’t get enough of showing them off.”

Kyna, 19, Auchenstroan
“This was a good experience for me as it highlighted how working with wood wasn’t a strenuous exhausting job but very delicate. I am going to study Product Design Engineering in 2015 and know the skills I learned on this course will be useful throughout life.”

Roan, 17, Castle Douglas
“I have created jewellery and etched glass before but never a serious wood project such as this. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with the tools and the experience of seeing the roughly cut timber being turned into a beautiful piece of furniture.”

David, 16, Shawhead

We are currently looking for crafts people to take part in the 2015 project. Further information can be found in our opportunities section. 

A short film of the 2014 project can be found here and product shots of the participants' work can be found here

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