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Shop at the Top on Level 2 demonstrates our commitment to promoting and supporting the work of artists, designers and makers living and working in local AB postcode areas. Operating with a ‘pay it forward’ ethos, the shop features 3-4 makers at a time, on a three-month rotation. They then nominate makers whose work they admire for the next slot bringing you a constantly evolving range of meticulously crafted products from a diverse range of local creatives, including ceramics, fine art, textiles and accessories.  

 

Current Makers

SATT Fiona Ross


Fiona Ross, Candy Coated Accessories

Two-Minute Interview – Meet the Maker

 

Where are you based and what do you love about it?
I am based in the north-east fishing town of Fraserburgh, where you will find the best fish and chip supper and the most beautiful sandy beach!

How and where did your creative journey begin?
After completing a degree in Constructed Textiles at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in 2003, I founded Candy Coated to give myself an outlet for my textile design skills.

What do you make?
Using a mix of traditional techniques and modern design, I have developed distinctive sustainable collections of joyfully bright and bold knitted accessories, all made using 100% lambswool.

Who or what inspires you?
Bright colours and geometric patterns! Things like an exciting wall mural or an interesting piece of wallpaper, as long as it’s eye catching, vibrant and fun then it can potentially be turned into a pattern. The designers who have inspired me the most are Bill Gibb and Donna Wilson.

What three words would you use to describe your creative practice?
Vibrant, Modern, Knitwear.

What are you most proud of in your creative life to date?
At the end of 2019, with a thirst for growth, I decided I wanted to re-launch Candy Coated with new branding. I am so proud of how far I have come since then, despite a pandemic. My dream was to make this my full-time job and do what I love. I’m pleased to say that dream’s now a reality and I can’t wait to see where things go in the next few years.

What’s your favourite artwork in Aberdeen Art Gallery?
There are so many beautiful things to see at the Art Gallery, but I really enjoy the wonderful special exhibitions. The Zandra Rhodes exhibition was an inspiration to me, and it was a sheer delight to listen to her in conversation and to meet her afterwards. It’s great to have a Gallery close to home that supports and showcases such wonderful events.

Website: www.candy-coated.com
Social media accounts: FB and Instagram @candycoatedscot

 

SATT Nicola Seal

 

Nicola Seal, Seal Ceramics

Two-Minute Interview – Meet the Maker

 

Where are you based and what do you love about it?
I have a small home studio in Westhill, Aberdeenshire. Westhill is a great place to live, not too far from Aberdeen but with plenty of green space and a lovely community feel. I work from the conservatory, which is great for light, not so much for temperature!

How and where did your creative journey begin?
I have been making for my entire life, but my ceramics journey began with evening classes in Liverpool. Followed by a number of years with an informal self-taught pottery group at Dyce Community Centre.

What do you make?
I hand-build ceramics, without the use of a pottery wheel. I enjoy the slower, hand-building process and it suits my body (I have Ehlers-Danlos syndrome). Most things start from a flat slab of clay, but I also make pinch pots and am slowly developing ways of making these bigger, using techniques learned from ancient potters and potters in the developing world.

Who or what inspires you?
Nature. I spent many years staring down microscopes at algae, invertebrates and diatoms as part of my previous job as a freshwater ecologist. The patterns, textures and forms have imprinted themselves in my brain.

What three words would you use to describe your creative practice?
Relaxed, fun, exciting.

What are you most proud of in your creative life to date?
Receiving a micro-commission in 2020 to make a sculpture for Aberdeen Art Gallery’s permanent collection.

What’s your favourite artwork in Aberdeen Art Gallery?
The wall of glaze samples in the ceramics room in Gallery 5.

Website: www.sealceramics.com
Social media accounts: www.facebook.com/sealceramics/
www.sealceramics.com/instagram

 

SATT Stephanie Fradette

 

Stephanie Fradette, Le Petit Moose

Two-Minute Interview – Meet the Maker

 

Where are you based and what do you love about it?
I am originally from Québec, Canada but I have lived in Scotland since 2012. I love the community aspect of living in a smaller town like Banchory, yet near enough to Aberdeen to take in all the culture it has to offer.

How and where did your creative journey begin?
I have been developing my skills and artistic practice through a self-taught approach since discovering tapestry weaving almost 8 years ago as a way to help with my mental health. It has opened so many doors professionally and creatively.

What do you make?
I am a textile artist that uses various types of looms, such as a frame loom, peg loom and weaving sticks. I create woven wall hangings and wearables that include rich textures, contemporary design and artisanship. I like to use gradient colour, creating a modern perspective on ancient weaving techniques.

Who or what inspires you?
I’m greatly inspired by the landscapes from both Scotland and from my travels. Also aerial photography depicting geometric shapes only seen from the air. I love capturing those meeting points of colours and natural elements.

What three words would you use to describe your creative practice?
Textural, colourful, tactile

What are you most proud of in your creative life to date?
The last two years have been a reflective and life-changing time for many. I have taken this time to focus on writing my first project-based book titled Playful Peg Loom Weaving, which is due out in October 2022.

What’s your favourite artwork in Aberdeen Art Gallery?
This is like asking a child “What is your favourite sweet?” There are so many moving pieces to choose from! I recently watched a BBC documentary on Bridget Riley called Painting the Line and it made me understand and appreciate her work on a much deeper level. She said, “Rhythm and repetition are at the root of movement” and you can see this very clearly in her amazing piece, To a Summer’s Day, in Gallery 17. She looked at nature as inspiration for her work for both its perfect symmetry and artistry. It really struck a chord, when thinking of my fibre work, when she spoke about looking at the waves cresting and how you will never see this specific pattern again. I see that a lot in fibre work.

Website: www.lepetitmoose.com
Social media accounts: @lepetitmoose (IG & Facebook)

 

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Celda Mae, Celda Mae Designs

Two-Minute Interview – Meet the Maker

 

Where are you based and what do you love about it?
I’m based at Deemouth Artist Studios, and I share a studio with my partner AJ Simpson. I love being surrounded by other artists as it is always so inspiring and makes me feel like I’m part of one big creative family!

How and where did your creative journey begin?
I found my love for ceramics whilst studying Three Dimensional Designs at Gray’s School of Art. Ceramics became the best way for me to express a serious message with a light-hearted and kitsch aesthetic.

What do you make?
I create cute and kitsch animal ornaments with hand-built flowers crowns or other nature inspired decorations, finished with gold lustre. This idea was developed from exploring themes of toxic masculinity.

Who or what inspires you?
Feminism and narrative design inspire my work. I love being able to tell a story through an object in my own style.

What three words would you use to describe your creative practice?
Kitsch, cute, whimsical.

What are you most proud of in your creative life to date?
Despite my disability putting several obstacles in my way daily, I have managed to get a degree and pursue a career in art and have a great studio space with my wonderful partner.

What’s your favourite artwork in Aberdeen Art Gallery?
It has to be Glaze Spectrum by Helen Love in Gallery 5. The work and passion gone into it is so inspiring and colourful!

Social media accounts: Instagram and Facebook – @CeldaMaeDesigns