Craft traditions connect Canada and Scotland and share a sense of northern identity. This exhibition highlights some of these craft traditions and heritage, helping to define our own identities and cultures.
It strips back ideas of craft to four themes that bridge past and present, Old and New Scotland, traditional and changing ideas. These in turn focus on discipline, theory, concepts and methods. It is a novel and timely approach to the production and use of craft from a historical and contemporary perspective.
Under the theme of Do It Yourself: DIY, objects are related to the long and rich history of small craft and home improvement projects, and an ethos of self-sufficiency.
In Down and Dirty: Politics and Materials the selected works highlight a personal or communal attachment with place, loss or displacement, or highlight renewed engagement or innovative development.
New Positions, profiles the current generations of makers who embrace new methods of production and terminology such as craftivism, yarn bombing, and sloppy craft.
Finally, Tooling Up: New Technologies and Economies, contrasts makers who are exploring their tools and materials; challenging processes, interpreting new ways to understand their materials, and constructing new approaches and tools for their own purposes.