Showcasing some of the best contemporary craft and design Scotland has to offer, DCA’s annual summer market is back for its third year, with a new name and a behind-the-scenes look at contemporary craft making.
Join DCA on Sat 20 June for the chance to buy directly from some of Scotland’s most talented makers and take part in drop-in Meet Your Maker sessions from Cally Booker, Gavin Burnett, Rosie Kimber, Syrah Jay and more.
They will welcome back some familiar faces from previous events, alongside emerging talents and new-to-DCA practitioners to sell their work, so whether you’re looking for stunning textiles, beautiful jewellery, illustration, prints or homeware, they’re sure you’ll leave brimming with inspiration and gorgeous items for you and your home.
Crafted: Meet Your Maker
Join DCA for Meet Your Maker craft demonstrations and enjoy a rare, behind-the-scenes look at the skills involved in contemporary craft making. This drop-in event is a new addition to Crafted, the summer market: now as well as shopping you can experience some of the techniques behind the finished products! Come and meet the four practitioners – Cally Booker, Gavin Burnett, Syrah Jay and Rosie Kimber – gain insight into their techniques, and have a go at making yourself.
Between 12pm – 5pm on the 20 June, the following creative practitioners will give demos in the DCA’s Activity Room – just pop by!
Cally Booker is a handweaver who lives and works in Dundee. Through weaving she is able to express her love of colour, of history and of mathematics, producing designs which combine ancient craft and contemporary design, simple materials and complex structures. She designs and makes one-off scarves, wraps and other textiles which deserve their name of Bonny Claith, beautiful cloth.
Join Cally and her hand looms to discover the joy of weaving, see Cally’s own work and create your own woven coaster to take away.
Gavin Burnett is a contemporary Scottish ceramicist, who creates a range of tactile and sophisticated porcelain ceramics. He uses layers of coloured clay and vibrant glazes which are then hand carved using a traditional glassmaking technique called Battuto. Alongside his accomplished studio practice, Gavin has worked in the ceramics industry and as a ceramics specialist in schools and art colleges.
As a previous participant of our craft markets, this is a wonderful opportunity to see how Gavin creates his signature metallic glazed bowls, and the technique of throwing on a potter’s wheel.
Syrah Jay’s handmade textile jewellery is a firm favourite among DCA Shoppers so we thought you’d love the chance to see how her fun and flattering accessories are made. Syrah creates bold, colourful items and takes her inspiration from all manner of sources from art, photography and architecture to the world of fashion and interior design, and firmly believes that being creative and making something by hand is good for your well being and makes you feel happy.
See Syrah at work using her needle felting technique and specialist equipment, and then create your very own flower felt corsage.
Rosie Kimber is a contemporary mixed-media jeweller inspired by the fragility of sweet sugar crystals, and the unpredictable manner in which they form. From precious metals and Keum-boo, a Korean technique which uses heat and burnishing to fuse gold to silver, to sandblasting and spray paint, Rosie layers a huge variety of sometimes experimental techniques to create a collection of jewellery which is playful and unique.
Join Rosie for a special glimpse into her jewellery making techniques and inspirational range of materials.