Young Artists Mentoring Programme 2012
A 2011 graduate from Glasgow School of Art, Coral Beattie studied Woven Textile Design. Now 22 and living in Kilmarnock, Coral has had strong links with Dumfries and Galloway since childhood. Inspired by patterns and details found in architecture, whilst studying Coral researched geometric pattern repeats, traditional Mexican and Moroccan textiles, and explored the use of contrasting patterns using a jacquard computer loom. From this she created a collection of scarves. In the run up to Spring Fling Coral will be mentored by Morag Macpherson (Studio 20), a textile designer who has recently moved to Dumfries and Galloway and works in WASPS in Kirkcudbright. Coral will show her work during Spring Fling 2012 in The Mill on The Fleet.
Sally Hogarth is a fine artist working across sculptural installation, photography and video. Her work surrounds the idea of social interaction, whether it is technological, political or communal. Although currently living and working in London, Sally lived in Dumfries and Galloway as a child. Now 25, she graduated from Goldsmiths College, London with a BA in Fine Art and from Central St Martins with an MA in Fine Art and Art History. Sally’s work requires participants or viewers as part of its production; many of her works in the past have been produced and performed in public spaces. It is for this reason that Sally will be mentored by Linda Mallett (Studio 21), an artist who divides her time between studio practice and collaborative work in the public art field, both as artist and project manager. Sally will show her work during Spring Fling 2012 in The Mill on The Fleet.
Sally's Work for Spring Fling 2012
Two Black, One White, Three Black…. The pattern of the traditional Sanquhar glove rolls out consisting of a series of black and white geometric squares. Shrouded in history and passed through word of mouth, the square patterns have specific names and stories applied to them. Engrained in the mind of the knitters, the patterns become a form a language that a dying few can read. This is the crux of a new film artwork created for this years Spring Fling Arts Festival.
Celebrating and contextualising both the technical accomplishment and mystery behind the glove’s squares, a series of knitted QR codes have been produced –once scanned by an smart phone, they link the viewer to the film. The QR codes will be dispersed around various locations in Dumfries and Galloway during the festival. Similar to the squares on the gloves, the story they contain will only be accessible to certain people who can unlock the code, creating a hierarchy of accessibility. Hence, the language of a 200-year-old knitting pattern is replicated and relayed through the latest digital technology.