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‘A walk in the woods’ . . again

ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN
After a 5 year closure for extensive renovation, Glasgow’s The Burrell Collection has re-opened. Suzanne Ewing once again delights in the building’s architecture, the fall of light & its outstanding collection.

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Questions & Answers / Hugo Macdonald

QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
Hugo Macdonald, curator of Radical Acts: Why Craft Matters which recently opened at Harewood House, talks ideas, changing the narrative, growing up on Skye & the joy of the wind & rain.
Image Mac Collins – Thaneray (Tenroy) from Radical Acts at Harewood House. Photo Edvinas Bruzas.

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Burrell reborn

ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN
In our second piece on the celebrated Burrell Collection, Kieran Gaffney explores the revitalised building & how architects John McAslan & Partners have updated the structure for the 21st century.

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Park Life

DESIGN
Carys Wilkins reports on the recent pandemic’s affect on design, in particular public seating & the National Museums of Scotland’s recent acquisition of a social distancing bench by Dutch designer, Björn van den Broek.

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‘A walk in the woods’ shelter in place

NEW WRITING
‘But suddenly you touched my heart.’ Two years ago Suzanne Ewing reflected on The Burrell Collection, its architecture & location while it was closed for renovation. Summer 2020

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Shroom with a view

MATERIAL INNOVATION
Glasgow School of Art graduate, Catriona Brown had long thought the ubiquitous plastic tree protector was a blot on the landscape, so she set out to design an alternative. Here Catriona tells the story of Shroom, her tree protector made of mycelium, which is currently on show at V&A Dundee. Summer 2020

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Cinema Paradiso

ARCHITECTURE
Cromarty’s new cinema cuts a brilliant architectural dash. Looking out to Cromarty Firth, it is testimony to a community-led initiative & outstanding contemporary architecture. Susanna Beaumont speaks to Cromarty Community Cinema’s architect, Lynne Sproull. Winter 2021.

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Oyster shells, salt & the Firth of Forth

Chalk Plaster are plasterers and keen experimenters. Here Steven Blench, one half of Chalk Plaster, reveals their latest explorations along the shores of the Firth of Forth. Summer 2020

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Making Connections Work

DESIGNING NETWORKS
Since its launch in Scotland in 2014, Make Works, an online introductory agency for designers & artists who wish to meet manufacturers & fabricators, has gone from strength to strengh. Susanna Beaumont talks to Helen Voce, its co-project lead about networking for creatives. Winter 2022.

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Questions & Answers / Catharine Rossi

QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
Catharine Rossi, curator of Night Fever at V&A Dundee & Craft Scotland’s recent Craft & Cultural Conversations, shares insights into 1960’s Italian nightclubs, her favourite disco hits & the kitchen gadget she couldn’t do without. Winter 2021.

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Light & shade

ART + ARCHITECTURE
Edinburgh’s Fruitmarket reopened in the autumn of 2021 as a multi artform space with an exhibition of work by Karla Black. Brilliantly extended & revitalised by architects Reiach and Hall, Susanna Beaumont talks to their design director, Neil Gillespie about the importance of light & dark, shade & shadow in its transformation. Autumn 2021.

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Geometric Variations . . Paolozzi the designer

DESIGN CLASSIC
Eduardo Paolozzi, the Leith-born artist is celebrated widely for his sculptures & collages but his work in design & collaborations with industry are arguably lesser known. Here curator Sarah Rothwell applauds his brilliance in design.

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Giving delight

ARCHITECTURE
From a football stadium to a transplant unit, Peter Womersley is arguably the architect behind many of Scotland’s most notable 20th century structures. Here Brian Robertson, curator & founder Zembla gallery in the Scottish Borders, celebrates Womersley & asks why his work is not more widely recognised. Zembla recently exhibited WOMERSLEY, an exhibition of work by 12 contemporary artists made in response to his architecture.

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Sculptural forms in space

DESIGN
Edinburgh’s reopened & revitalised Fruitmarket is embracing functional objects commissioned from artists & designers. Here DES takes a look at Tania Kovats drinking fountain WELL & light sculptures by Andrew Miller.

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Weave been waiting . . . says Beca Lipscombe

DESIGN CLASSIC
Archie Brennan was arguably the most inventive tapestry weaver of the 20th century. Here designer Beca Lipscombe celebrates his work & heralds the exhibition of Brennan’s work which was recently on at Dovecot Studios in Edinburgh.

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Arrange Whatever Pieces Come Your Way

QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
Sheelagh Boyce & Annabelle Harty have known each for decades yet it was only recently that they began their collective practice of quilting. Here they talk ideas, inspiration. They are currently exhibiting their work at Mount Stuart on the Isle of Bute.

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Questions & Answers / Cooking Sections

‘Spatial practitioners’, Daniel Fernández Pascual & Alon Schwabe founded Cooking Sections in 2013. Here they discuss Climavore, their recent project on the Isle of Skye & why what we eat should focus our minds on food supply chains & ecosystems.

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Up against a better brick wall

MATERIAL INNOVATION
Accolades have been showered on the K-Briq. A building brick made of over 90% construction waste, it was invented by Prof Gabriela Medero of Edinburgh’s Heriot-Watt University. Susanna Beaumont finds out more about a sustainable building block, now in production in East Lothian. Spring 2021

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