Work in Collaboration with Jane McFadyen and Kirsteen Aubrey
This exhibition brought together partnerships of makers to discuss and share the experience of making without preconditions and in the spirit of improvisation. Collaboration raises questions of ownership, it tests recognized working methods and negotiates how voices resonate or clash together. It is the evidence of this mixed dialogue which has given birth to this work and ideas. The artefacts or collection of pieces, combine a marriage or parallel exploration of materials, of practices and creative identities which are shifting, moving and experimental.
Pairings places makers and designers together in pairs or in threesomes. Each participant had a distinct and established area of their own practice, glass, crochet and felt which we shared with one another. The Pairings project originated at Manchester School of Art and has included approximately 35 makers and artists. It has created links with a variety of institutions, hosted an international conference and spawned the publication ‘Collaboration through Craft’ published by Bloomsbury in July 2013.