Eilidh Morris encourages their self-conscious to work through automatic art-making and expressive use of colour. The creative practice of making imagination art relies on honest self-representation and a belief that there are no real accidents in terms of content. A psychological element is always present and brings greater introspection on completion of a drawing or painting. Eilidh describes it as imagination art and hopes to evoke conversation and fascination through the dream-like chaos that unfurls on canvas.
‘In Defence of Excessive Sleeping’ is a collection of artworks reflective of Eilidh’s varied artistic styles. The title refers to Morris’ mental health and the positive effect ‘excessive sleeping’ has on the imagination. Perhaps it is okay to sleep for 15 hours if the result is a burst of curious invention. Each piece tells a different story but all were created in a very emotive and fluid artistic process using paints, pro-markers and POSCA pens. This includes autobiographical portraits such as “Maple Cabin” based on a trip to Canada, and “Paisley 2014”,the latter of which blurs a line between memory and nightmare. Also included are creations which exist wholly in a fantasy realm, such as “It’s Waking Up,” which depicts a huge ‘King Worm’ arising from its slumber in a deep, dark cave, and “Theia”, an imagined portrait of a powerful cosmic being.
Eilidh recently brought their multi-coloured imagination to life with the design and painting of a large, unicorn-themed rhino sculpture in Hamilton’s “The Big Stampede” public art trail in summer of 2017. This was eventually auctioned in aid of Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity. Also in 2018, Eilidh’s graphite piece “Spinal” was published in North-east Scotland’s Magazine of New Writing, “Pushing out the Boat”, and the illustration “Hyper-Stimulation” was featured in mental health charity Subconscious’ pop-up exhibition in San Francisco to help raise awareness and eradicate stigma associated with mental illness.
“In Defence of Excessive Sleeping” is Morris’ first solo exhibition.
Six Foot Gallery’s Jewellery Showcase 2017 Programme presents the work of emerging jewellery makers over the course of 2017.
Amanda Louise Bernard
at Six Foot Gallery
1st August 2017 – 31st August 2017
Fuelled by my fascination with the Human Body and its health and well-being, my process began by investigating microscopic images of human cells. Focusing my research on their organic forms, vibrant colours and interesting textures, my aim was to dissect and transform these organisms out-with the human body, transferring them onto the wearer in a new light.
Through the combination of silver and alternative materials, I have produced a collection of incredibly colourful and tactile pieces of contemporary jewellery that evoke a sense of fun and play with its audience. The exploration of materials and texture throughout my designs creates a sensory need to interact with the pieces. Therefore, developing a deeper connection between them and the wearer, transforming the relationship we have with jewellery altogether.
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at Six Foot Gallery
10th May 2017 – 10th June 2017
For Eleanor, mirrors represent the presented self. They are a literal reflection of how we wish to be seen, hiding beneath the surface is our true selves. By using whole, broken, and repaired mirrors, this collection of jewellery explores the different stages of mental health and illness and the pressure to present a perfect image of yourself, when inside you are broken.
‘Healing Process’ Necklace’, £315
‘Well/unwell’ Pendant; £260
Using the Kintsugi technique of repairing with gold, she has created pieces of jewellery which show the beauty in the broken. The golden cracks show that the damage is part of one’s history, rather than something to be disguised. Eleanor wants people who struggle with depression, anxiety, every mental health problem there is, to know that it is not something to be ashamed of, that we should feel proud for having fought such a hard and misunderstood battle. Most of all Eleanor wants to show the beauty of having been broken.
This collection represents Eleanor’s personal experience with mental health and she hopes it opens discussions surrounding other people’s experiences.
Kintsugi: knowing that something is more beautiful for having been broken
The models featured are volunteers who are dealing with mental illness.
at Six Foot Gallery
10th May 2017 – 10th June 2017
Kirsten Manzi is a jewellery designer and maker based in Dundee, Scotland. She set up Kirsten Manzi Jewellery Design in November 2015 launching her debut collection of structural, handmade silver jewellery.
After graduating from Duncan of Jordanstone with a degree in Jewellery and Metal Design, Kirsten worked in a jewellery repair workshop for 3 years gaining knowledge in design development, manufacturing and repairs. She has exhibited across the UK at exhibitions including the prestigious New Designers, The Barbican and Lesley Craze Gallery in London. Kirsten also participates in a number of Pop-Up events across Scotland.
Now working from her home studio, Kirsten creates serene, minimalist jewellery inspired by bold geometric shapes and architectural structures. Crafted in solid silver, Kirsten designs each piece using clean, streamlined, aesthetics with many pieces unfolding themselves in the workshop rather than in sketchbooks. With the belief that there is beauty in simplicity she transforms the aesthetics of the built up urban environment into delicate, structural jewellery pieces.
Each piece of Kirsten Manzi Jewellery is designed, made and finished by hand in Kirsten’s home studio, using a mixture of traditional and modern techniques. Focusing on quality craftsmanship and subtle details, Kirsten aims to provide each customer with simple, understated jewellery pieces to be worn and enjoyed every day.
As well as her own designs, Kirsten works with clients to create limited edition and one-off commissions.
Ntina Doryforou started establishing in 1991, with her husband Christos Vroullis, in Greece, their own workshop and creating their first handmade items of mouth-blown glass.
After 13 years of experience with glass, working with it freely without moulds, they began making handmade glass beads. Their success in this area encouraged them to create new items and experiment with new materials such as copper, brass and sterling silver.
In 2005, they opened their own shop in the centre of Thessaloniki, Greece. Recently, in 2015, they moved to Edinburgh, where they continue their inspiring creations.
Now, they design and create handmade lights, mirrors, clocks, bowls, hangers, artistic jewellery and anything else that inspires them! They draw inspiration from nature and from ancient history.
They have participated in many trade fairs in Greece, Germany and UK.
All their items are distinguished by their original, natural style which allows the handmade character of the object, and the original earth materials used, to be brought out.
Iona Hall at Six Foot Gallery
20th February 2017 – 20th March 2017
This February, Six Foot is proud to showcase the works of Glasgow School of Art Students Iona Hall.
Iona Hall is a third year student in Jewellery and Silversmithing at Glasgow School of Art. Inspired by the natural forms, colours and textures she encounters in the environment around her, Iona works predominantly with metals – particularly wire – bending and twisting it into different forms. By making miniature sculptures as well as pieces for the body, she aims to challenge the traditional role of a jeweller. Iona’s work endeavours to investigate ways of expressing the hidden self, prompting the viewer to consider different life perspectives and allow for imperfections.
By exploring the many strands and intricacies of mental health, Iona challenges the viewer’s prejudices and levels of judgement. Each of the twenty objects on display in the Six Foot Gallery represents a visual interpretation of a different mental health issue. Iona has used – amongst other materials – silver, copper, wire and wood to translate her own understanding of these issues into small holdable objects. Her intention is that, upon holding the work in their hand, someone might be able to appreciate the contrast between the small and unthreatening physical object and the magnitude of the emotion it represents for a sufferer.
Paulina Knapik and Sandra Zinkuté at Six Foot Gallery
10th January 2017 – 24th January 2017
This January, Six Foot is proud to showcase the works of Glasgow School of Art Students Paulina Knapik and Sandra Zinkuté.
Paulina Knapik is a 3rd year, Silversmithing and Jewellery Design student at The Glasgow School of Art. Paulina’s artistic practice seeks to balance between fine art and commercial jewellery. Her main inspirational sources are: nature, urban geometry, contrasts in the surrounding world, music, paintings. The variety of works on show cover this range of inspirations, and highlight her skills as a maker.
Sandra Zinkuté is a 3rd year, Silversmithing and Jewellery Design student at The Glasgow School of Art. Sandra’s work is influenced by nature and her changing surroundings. Her newest collection was inspired by the architecture of Glasgow and her observations of nature and plants in the Botanic gardens. Rough surfaces mirror that of the organic life in the city while the outline of the pieces offer a more formal structure and contour. Her objects are interactive, only finished when held in the hand or between the fingers.
“’How do you feel?’ ‘How do I feel?’ He repeated, and scratched his head. ‘I cannot say I feel ill. But I cannot say I feel well. I cannot say I feel anything at all.’” *
Photographer Hannah Laycock spent ten years living in London and Brighton. Since returning to Scotland, she has taken up Six Foot Gallery’s Artist in Residence Program, in association with Menzies Hotel. Her exhibition will start this month, and feature an experimental new series of photographic works – with which she intends to begin her working life in Glasgow.
Hannah describes her relationship with the photographic medium as such:
“For me, photography is painting with light. I was never really skilled at painting in the traditional sense, nor was I skilled at other creative mediums. Photography has enabled me to skilfully explore my creativity.”
Consequently, Hannah’s refined and intuitive photography skills have allowed her to capture and present her subjects in a way that is both truthful and loving. From ‘Railing at the Enthrallment to the Failing of the Light’ (Parts I – II, 2009-) a touching, multi-media based documentation of her parents’ lives as her father’s health begins to decline; to ‘Fragility’ (also 2009), in which the image of the human body is treated with a rare, uncompromising sensitivity.
Following her diagnosis with Multiple Sclerosis, the artist has focused on relaying the associated feelings of “uncertainty, fear, loss and liberation” through her work. We ought to view ‘awakenings’ as an attempt towards: “Dealing with notions of identity and the play on this in relation to [the artist’s] diagnosis”; as well as recognise its intention to raise awareness of MS. Furthermore, the artist aims to convey her personal journey in such a way that it reaches its viewers on a universal level, regardless of their own experiences.
Six Foot Gallery will be exhibiting ‘awakenings’ by Hannah Laycock between 28th August – 14th September (Preview: 27th August).