Unified by the strength of the community that was formed through our time together as part of the Craft Scotland Compass Programme, Directions forms a cohesive and complimentary group of disciplines, tied together by technical skill, design and the quality of handcrafted work. Makers include Eve Campbell, Fiona Hall, Roslyn Leitch, Ailsa Ritchie, Gillian Stewart and Emma Louise Wilson.
Eve Campbell graduated in Textile Design from The Glasgow School of Art in 2018 before setting up a print studio in Tighnabruaich. She creates work intuitively to enhance living spaces, primarily creating printed textiles, wallhangings, ceramics and drawings. Her large-scale paper stencilled, screen printed single edition linen wallhangings are an extension of her sketchbook and drawings. Through paper stencilling, masking and colour mixing Eve’s creates one-off designs that capture the colours, shapes and patterns of Scotland’s West Coast nature, landscapes and architecture.
Fiona Hall started her business Camban Studio to explore her passion for design, colour, texture, print, pattern, beautiful materials and the natural beauty of her home landscape in Scotland. She has a strong interest in how craft and better connections with our natural environments can help with personal wellbeing. Exploring a variety of techniques including screen print, mono print, eco print, natural dying and hand stitch, she creates individual textile works alongside a range of ethically small batch Scottish produced textile products.
Roslyn Leitch creates jewellery using colourful combinations of silver and linoleum, drawing inspiration from mechanical shapes, forms and movement. Linoleum is a sustainable antibacterial material made from natural raw ingredients. It has manufacturing roots close to Roslyn’s home in Fife, Scotland. She works from her home studio in Markinch.
Ailsa Ritchie’s fascination with insects and their habitats started at a young age and continues to influence her work. Her designs always start on paper, then she explores different methods of turning her loose drawing style into tactile jewellery pieces; such as etching, wax carving and combining traditional powder enamels alongside industrial enamel techniques to enable her to draw directly onto the metal. The result is jewellery bursting with texture and flowing lines.
Gillian Stewart is a prize-winning designer bookbinder based in Glasgow. A QEST Ambassador, she combines traditional skill with contemporary designs, employing skilled surface decoration, letterpress print, hand dyed leather and use of gold in her work.
Silversmith Emma Louise Wilson is inspired by the seascapes and coast of the North East of Scotland where she is based. She produces hand raised bowls in either fine silver or copper with vitreous enamel decoration, as well as a small collection of jewellery. The enamel designs are informed by her abstract watercolour paintings which are an integral part of her process, and try to evoke the feelings and memories of being by the sea watching the waves and ever changing skies. The shapes of the bowls and jewellery come from the tactile and comforting shapes of pebbles.