What makes this project such an exciting one is the opportunity to draw on two distinct cultural identities, yet these identities have much in common through their historical connections and attachments to or rejection of heritage. The Naked Craft Network intends to generate new perspectives on shared and individual responses to Craft’s relationship with the past and its challenges for the future by bringing craftspeople together in two MAKE/WORKshops. These are collaborative projects, with a comparative focus on Scottish and Canadian contemporary craft that has not previously been undertaken by practitioners and theorists from within the discipline.
The first MAKE/WORKshop took place in October 2013 in Lumsden, Scotland at the Scottish Sculpture Workshop. Ten makers, five from Scotland and five from Canada, from a range of materials and approaches spent ten days discussing and making in a creative international incubator. The Canadian participants were: Meghan Price, Susan Collett, Ursula Johnson, Jason Holley, and Aaron Nelson. On the Scottish side the participants were: Heather Mcdermott, Jessamy Kelly, Jen Deschenes, Daisy WIlliamson, and Martin Campbell.
The second MAKE/WORKshop and residency will be taking place at the Art Gallery of Burlington from June 15 – 26, where a new group of Canadian and Scottish makers will have the opportunity for creative exchange. The creation of a Canadian/Scottish network will further provide innovative and exciting possibilities for moving the conversation outside academic discourse and encouraging public engagement with thorny issues of tradition and innovation, vernacular and global, hand-made and high tech. All of which are both central to the development of craft as a practice and to the wider understanding and embrace of a craft as a discipline within a contemporary, global context.
Participants of the Art Gallery of Burlington MAKE/WORKshop include Canadian’s: Clint Neufeld, Aaron Nelson, Sarah Alford, Amanda McCavour, and Kari Woo; and Scots: Jennifer Cantwell, Kevin Morris, Caroline Dear, Jeanette Sendler, and Beth Legg.
Canada: Meghan Price, Susan Collett, Ursula Johnson, Jason Holley, Aaron Nelson
Scotland: Heather Mcdermott, Jessamy Kelly, Jen Deschenes, Daisy WIlliamson, Martin Campbell
Find out more on Facebook!