Lockdown Residency

Basketmaker Sarah Paramor and weaver Jennifer Green transformed a collaborative residency that began in Halifax, Nova Scotia, last year into an inspiring and productive remote residency and encourage like-minded makers to try one. This ...

The Dual Meaning of Sustainability

Textile maker Fiona Hall of Camban Studio participated in a residency in Scotland with Soledad Ruiz and Dalila Rubicela from Oaxaca, the most culturally diverse state of Mexico, and as they explored identity and sustainability she ...

Where do we belong?

Weaver Cally Booker describes how belonging, identity and sustainability sit at the heart of her collaboration with visual artist Andrea Tsang Jackson in Halifax, Nova Scotia who also works in textiles. This blog is part of a series by ...

Voices of Makers #6

Juggling a family in lockdown with making and selling, textile designer Lorna Brown describes enjoying creative time with the kids, selling online, making scrubs for the NHS, a renewed love of observation and drawing and conflicted ...

Experimentation, New Perspectives & The Silk Road

Ceramicist Susan O’Byrne writes about her collaboration with jeweller Mengnan Qu in Halifax, Nova Scotia and their decision to create new work using artifact forms from the Silk Road to reflect their interest in understanding ...

5 Ways Collaboration can be Transformative

Collaboration sits at the heart of AAS’s previous and current international exchange project enabling makers to expand the scope of their practice, experience new cultures and get fresh inspiration. The projects bring together Scottish ...

Voices of Makers #5

Creators of handcrafted lighting and product design and AAS Member, Yellow Broom, is made up of Clare Waddle and David Robson. Clare describes slowly learning to ride the lockdown wave as they watched the impact on their practice, ...

Voices of Makers #4

Weaver and AAS Member James Donald describes adapting to a new reality which brought fresh routines, anxiety and gratefulness, and how an idle thought to alleviate boredom led to the creation of over 85 mood boards now inspiring others ...

Voices of Makers #3

This week jeweller and AAS Member Jo Garner reflects on how she is coping emotionally and the ways her feelings and patterns of life have altered during the past month. Our Voices of Makers blog is a space to share experiences, ...