Enabling hybrid ways of making within Scottish contemporary design
An Aural Textiles project sponsored by The Royal Society of Edinburgh
In the arts and crafts the notion of the lone genius creator is a common trope. Yet, this image is a limiting concept for the modern practitioner, particularly in an age when technologies permit collaboration at distance. The need for new techniques of cooperative approaches to design and creation are expected to develop in the next few years; and mechanisms that support these new interactions are required.
This project explores contemporary Scottish art and design practice through a distributed and disruptive manner of collaboration. It uses a developing and robust digital/analogue multi-sensory process that promotes alternative environmental attunement to place. In doing so, the project aims to explore what it means to be a practitioner in twenty-first century Scotland.
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Our team of eleven practitioners have been working away at recording sounds, creating spectrograms, and experimenting on collaborative forms of making. Each of them comes with their own skills, perceptions, and unique interpretations of the landscape they inhabit. Their thoughts and work are shared in the blog.
As for us, team #auraltextiles met by chance one day and – through their shared super-power of conversation – discovered a passion for textile pattern design from data sources. George is an assistant professor of design at Heriot-Watt University's School of Textiles and Design with a backround that runs from heritage and architecture to landscapes and practice. Lynne is an artisan textile designer and creator, who’s a trained scientist working at the intersection of art and science.
Our work began over two years ago with a small pilot project and a collaborative process developed between our two investigators. Above you will find links to our outputs from our first Aural Textiles project including our exhibition catalogue and pattern book. You can also find our academic research published in The Design Journal and other publications.
OUR FINAL EXHIBITION LOCATION
29/30 april 2019
6-8 september 2019