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Rising Stars is a platform for some of the most exciting new crafts by emerging makers in crafts, design and applied arts - this year, the exhibition is bigger than ever, following a record number of applications.
This curated, selling exhibition will be showcased at the New Ashgate Gallery and also include a programme of makers' professional development events and a £500 prize. The participants are graduating students, recent graduates or at a pivotal moment in their early career due to changed circumstances.
This year, the project received 109 applications. 30 makers have been selected for the exhibition by a panel of craft professionals, focusing on their potential and talent; Rebecca Skeels, Course Leader for Postgraduate Programmes, School of Craft and Design, University for the Creative Arts, Gemma Curtis, Crafts Programme Coordinator, the Farnham Maltings and Dr Outi Remes, Director, New Ashgate Gallery.
Many of the graduating makers are at cross roads: they have a full portfolio of fabulous ideas, but are yet to establish their business skills and a network of collectors. Rising Stars offers just the right platform, and for many, it is a starting point for an exceptional career. Rising Stars is an opportunity for both makers as well as art collectors who wish to support and collect work by future stars.
The selected makers of exceptional talent are: Angelina Jane, Arra Textiles, Louise Bell, Georgia Buck, Holly Burton, Eve Campbell, Jenny Chan, Sara Chyan, Kim Colebrook, Mihaela Coman, Natalie Eagle, Tamir Erlich, Alice Funge, Alysa Freeman, Susanna Gogarty, Iona Hall, Qiang Li, Marek Liska, Sam Lucas, Ruth Martindale, Bekky May, Annette Mills, Poppy Norton, Benjamin Pearey, Mitch Pilkington, Nastassia Ramazankhani, Kyle Ramsey, Catherine Rua, Jinya Zhao and Marissa Ziesing.
Rising Stars is organised by the New Ashgate Gallery and supported by the Billmeir Charitable Trust. We work in partnership with the University for the Creative Arts, Farnham.
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Handwoven Merino Wool
158 x 34 cms
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Arra Textiles (Lucy MacDonald)
2014 BA (Hons) Design for Textiles, Heriot Watt (invited maker - a pivotal moment in the career)
Arra Textiles is a hand weaving studio specialising in the sustainable production of bespoke pieces for the body and home.
With inspiration drawn from ever changing seascapes and landscapes, each product is handmade, from initial design images through to hand finished products in the studio.
Using traditional weaving techniques with a complex, contemporary twist, a design signature has been created, which blends yarn shades and weave structures to dramatic effect, essentially telling a story through cloth.
The environmental impact is considered at each stage of design, production and marketing with the use of natural, traceable materials reflecting this ethos. With a zero waste production policy and emphasis on traditional techniques, Arra Textiles can be sure that each piece will become a timeless heirloom, with craftsmanship and sustainability at the heart of each design.
Lucy is based in Royal Deeside, Aberdeenshire.