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Katherine Mackay

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I have taken part in group exhibitions throughout Scotland, and in 2004 had a solo show of 2-D works at the Queen's Hall, Edinburgh. My pieces have evolved through working out and developing a personal response to fabric and fibre. The simple shapes allow the combinations of colour and texture to take centre stage. Sometimes I recycle materials that might otherwise be discarded, such as selvedges, where fringing may be exploited to create particular effects.
Influences range from Scottish landscapes to museum collections of natural history, such as birds' nests, or everyday objects like baskets. Recent work has been inspired by an exhibition of paintings by the textile designer and colourist, Bernat Klein. Tweed fabric often sparks new ideas. The social history behind the development of Estate Tweeds - the 'distant cousins' of clan tartans - continues to be a source of interest.
The longstanding importance of the textile industries in Scotland's history both informs the background, and gives a context to, my work.
My work can be seen at Gallery Ten, William St. Edinburgh, and at The Quay Gallery, Aberdour, Fife.

Selected for Handmade Edinburgh 2017

Solo selling exhibition of 2-D work at the Queen's Hall, Edinburgh

Participated for several years in group exhibitions throughout Scotland: City Art Centre, Edinburgh; Stirling Smith Museum; Collins Gallery, Glasgow; Crawford Arts Centre, St. Andrews.

Open College of the Arts; tutor Joanne Soroka. This enabled me to develop new skills, learning techniques and processes, while being encouraged to work towards a distinctive personal style.

Curator of Fine Arts Collection, Scottish Arts Council.
Bracken Bowl   23 x 30 cm    mixed fibres
  • Katherine Mackay
  • Bracken Bowl 23 x 30 cm mixed fibres
Peat Ribbons Bowl  23 x 40 cm    mixed fibres
  • Katherine Mackay
  • Peat Ribbons Bowl 23 x 40 cm mixed fibres
Greenfinch   7 x 14 cm  mixed fibres
  • Katherine Mackay
  • Greenfinch 7 x 14 cm mixed fibres
Small Grey Nest  14 x 20 cm  mixed fibres
  • Katherine Mackay
  • Small Grey Nest 14 x 20 cm mixed fibres
Gleaming Bowl  7 x 14 cm   mixed fibres
  • Katherine Mackay
  • Gleaming Bowl 7 x 14 cm mixed fibres
Forest Bowl  20 x 25 cm  mixed fibres
  • Katherine Mackay
  • Forest Bowl 20 x 25 cm mixed fibres

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