Go! That’s the simplest thing I can say! Go to this gallery if you are in Edinburgh. It has a wonderful cafe, interesting shop, an opportunity to gaze down on a live, working weavers studio space and currently, 2 absolutely amazing exhibitions.
It’s a maker’s heaven, in the cafe you sit surrounded by beautiful woven wall hangings and even my latte came with a little woollen jacket.
It’s a perfect venue for artists and students and in addition you are able to take photographs of the current exhibitions (tag and promote the gallery please) and there is plenty of space to sit, write, sketch and reflect.
He had an amazing understanding of colour and worked in very modern way using paint and textiles.
There were examples of his paintings, his weaving and mixed media work along with some interesting information about his work in the fashion industry.
Particularly interesting were the flower pieces that at first looked flat surrounded by the bursting colour of his other work but closer inspection showed them to be skilfully executed paintings of flowers made onto a fabric background of dyed silk. Trust me, the photographs really don’t do these paintings justice.
For a good while I was absorbed taking notes and gazing at the colours and then I looked up and through an archway I saw a stunning egg shaped globe, hanging just off the floor casting shadows. I got goosebumps!
His work is stunning. Each individual segment that makes up each bold piece is delicate in colour and structure.
You can’t decide whether to get up close and marvel at the skill and patience required to make, dye and bind each triangle or whether to stand back and wonder at how he placed each triangle in exactly the right place to create the craters, the textures and the gentle flows of colour.