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EXHIBITION : November 24, 2012 — March 9, 2013.

FourFront: Contemporary Scottish Craft

Sat 24 November 12 – Sat 9 March 13. Free.

Craft practice is steaming ahead, with makers increasingly using a range of new technology and mechanical processes to make their work. Makers are 3D-printing objects of mind blowing complexity, machine cutting intricate detail from almost any material and industrially producing work in the thousands. The FourFront exhibition showcases work from makers who are pulling craft firmly into the 21st century.

The hand-made is often viewed as an integral part of craft production and is a defining factor when deciding creative identity, between artist or designer for example. Is this new movement in craft going to bring to an end making by hand? Or are makers utilising technology in a way which their creativity and involvement is still integral?

Manchester Craft and Design Centre have joined forces with Craft Scotland, to showcase work from four makers currently at the forefront of the technological craft movement in Scotland. Metalworker Kirsty Eaglesfield, glassmaker Rachel Elliott, and textile and paper artists Eliza Kesuma and Mhari McMullan push craft to its limit.

Kate Day, Director of Manchester Craft and Design Centre said:

“We’re thrilled to be promoting the best of Scotland’s creative talent in partnership with Craft Scotland, and can’t wait to introduce our visitors to a new generation of Scottish makers. FourFront will confound expectations and challenge stereotypes, celebrating artists who embrace new technologies and untraditional sources to create fresh objects that complement an urban setting. The exhibition marks the culmination of our 30th anniversary year, and reflects the Centre’s role in celebrating craft and design talent from Manchester and beyond.”

Emma Walker, CEO of Craft Scotland said:

“It’s fantastic to be working with Manchester Craft and Design Centre, particularly in its 30th year. Having lived in Manchester I am fully aware of the city’s creativity, buzz and infectious enthusiasm for craft. The Craft Scotland team is delighted to be showcasing Scottish craft, and particularly the new approaches to work from each of our makers, in Manchester this November.”

Want to make with a FourFront maker? Join us for a full-day Introduction to Modern Paper Cuts & Folds on 2 March 2013. The session will include an introduction to paper cutting, folding and embroidery techniques. See Workshops for more information.

Keep up to date with FourFront news on twitter using the hashtag #FourFront

For further information about the organisations and artist involved, visit:

Craft Scotland
Kirsty Eaglesfield
Rachel Elliot
Eliza Kesuma
Mhari McMullan



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