This workshop will include a guided tour of the Naked Craft exhibition with an explanation about some of the techniques and ideas behind the works on display. Caroline Dear will introduce you to working with plant materials that are all around you such as grass, rushes and moss. You will learn several ancient traditional skills with which you can make basket structures. Caroline will encourage you to explore your own creative response and to find the materials and processes that you feel comfortable working with. Tools and materials will be provided. Weather permitting, we will collect plant material in the Castle Grounds, so come prepared for walking outdoors.
Caroline Dear studied botany in Dublin before switching and qualifying as an architect. She worked as an architect and landscape architect in Dublin, Holland, Oslo, London and Paris before moving to the Isle of Skye, Scotland to work. Dear has developed her artistic practice in response to being in this particular landscape; developing work through reinterpreting ancient skills with using local plants. In 2015 she will be exhibiting in Scotland, England, Finland, Norway and Canada, and she will pursue research into historical structural uses of plants (funded through award from ATLAS / Creative Scotland). Dear speaks French fluently and has been learning Gaelic. In 2013 Dear received a Certificate in Field Botany from the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh.