|Matter| Earth, Materials + Making

Makers in Applied Arts Scotland’s Closing the Loop research group exhibit new works in |MATTER| Earth, Materials + Making at the Barn Arts in Aberdeenshire, part of their crafting interconnections season.

The works explore environmental wellbeing through making; drawing on craft practices that value and respect natural resources, waste materials, biodiversity and production systems.

Group members, all Applied Arts Scotland Members practising professionally in Scotland, from the rural Highlands & Islands and Scottish Borders to the cities of Aberdeen, Glasgow and Dundee have spent the last two years developing a collection of exploratory works drawn from a diverse range of dynamic, resourceful and ecological approaches.

The group regularly meet online and recently participated in a micro-residency at Hospitalfield where they shared good practice and exchanges skills and boxes of materials from their own practices to encourage, support and inspire one another, and ultimately amplify their vision for environmentally considered craft in the future.

By way of an introduction to the exhibiting makers, their practices, materials and to tease you to go to the Barn to see the final works, here is a taste of their processes and works in progress.

Exhibiting Makers

“This exhibition is an exciting insight into the Closing the Loop groups activity since it started back in 2020. A group of 12 resourceful and conscious makers exploring and skill sharing are now presenting some of their research and discoveries as well as hosting engagement activities with the local community in North East Scotland. We are really pleased to be able to do this in collaboration with the Barn and with help from the National Lottery Together for our Planet Fund.”

Stefanie Cheong

Events and Education Programme

Shavings of wood and plastic on a grey background with the Barn logo overlaid
Materials Play CPD workshop

19:30, Wednesday 26 October 2022

Join members of Applied Arts Scotland and the Barn team for an online panel discussion exploring decarbonizing applied arts as part of the |MATTER| Earth, Materials + Making exhibition. Book your place.

10:30 – 14:30, Friday 4 November 2022

Clare Waddle of Yellow Broom – designer, |MATTER| exhibitor and AAS Board Member – will guide makers in a thought provoking, in person CPD workshop supporting the sharing and exchange of skill sets through explorative material play. Exclusively for AAS Members, FOLD Makers and 2022 flock exhibitors, AAS Members can use the promo code detailed in the September issue of the AAS Members Bulletin to reserve their free place on the workshop.

13:30-16:30, Saturday 5 November 2022

Give your garments a new lease of life by learning the skills to mend their imperfections, holes and rips with the help of |MATTER| Earth, Materials & Making exhibitor and textile artist Deirdre Nelson. Read more.

Details of further events accompanying the exhibition will be announced soon.

Wooden cylinder with plastic cast from exterior place in front on a green background, with overlaid text 'Exhibition, Matter: Earth, Materials + Making, 10 September - 11 November' with the Barn Arts web address and logo.
|Matter| exhibition, the Barn Arts

The exhibition is open 12:00-15:00, Thursdays-Saturdays. It is free and booking is not required. Visit the Barn Arts for more information.

If you are planning a visit to |MATTER| in October, do consider going during PLENTY? A Festival of More and Less taking place 21 – 23 October 2022.

The Barn Arts, Hospitalfield and The National Lottery Community Fund logos