Erin McQuarrie is a Brooklyn based Scottish textile artist and designer.
She graduated from The Glasgow School of Art, Scotland with a BA in Printed Textiles in 2018. Currently, she is completing her MFA at The New School, Parsons School of Design, she is a UK/US Fulbright scholar and a St. Andrew’s Society of The State of NY scholar.
Her practice finds a marriage between craft and digital techniques, exploring the topics of women’s work, archival research, sports culture, urban spaces and the physical body. Often, utilising ancient or traditional textile techniques, which may be undervalued or underused, she contemplates how they can be revived and combined with new technologies to continue a dialogue with the past.
Interested in materiality, deconstruction and re-construction, McQuarrie explores the material properties of handmade, found and sourced textiles to create dynamic abstract compositions with intriguing colour harmonies, tactile qualities and architectural properties. By consciously choosing to adopt time consuming processes at scale, such as hand weaving, embroidery and print work she highlights the often overlooked, powerful and physical nature of the textile maker.
Textiles MFA, The New School, Parsons School of Design, 2019-Present
First Class, BA (Hons) in Textile Design, Print specialism, The Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, Scotland 2013-2018
Textile Exchange Student , Tama Art University, Tokyo, Japan 2015-16
2020 The Jefferson Market Library, Manhattan NYPL, (solo show postponed)
2019 Open Studio, Parsons Textiles MFA, The New School, NYC
2019 Heavy Duty, Members Show, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland
2019 ALIGHT, Visual Arts Scotland, The Royal Scottish Academy, The Mound, Edinburgh, Scotland
2018 Intertextile Shanghai, NECC, Shanghai, China
2018 TexSelect, Première Vision, Parc des Expositions – Paris Nord Villepinte, Paris, France
2018 TexSelect London - Chelsea College of Art, London, England
2018 New Designers - The Business Design Centre, London, England
2018 The Degree Show 2018 - The Glasgow School of Art, Scotland
2018 Work in Progress - The Whisky Bond, Glasgow, Scotland
2015 Screen Print Showcase, Tama Art University, Tokyo, Japan
2019 Fulbright UK/US All Awards Discipline Scholarship
2019 The Saint Andrews Society for the State of New York Scholarship
2019 The Scottish Arts Club Award.
2018 WGSN Textiles of The Future Award
2018 Liberty London TexSelect Pattern Prize
2018 Visual Arts Scotland Selected Graduate Artist.
2018 The Newbery Medal - Top Undergraduate Student at The Glasgow School of Art