The Aural Textiles research project is an exploration of the use of sound as a starting point for the design of contemporary Scottish knitted, woven and printed textiles. Through the collaboration of practitioners across Scotland, a multi-sensory process has developed which examines an alternative response to our environment.
My collaboration with Laura was formed from our love of bold surface patterns. We found many commonalities in our practice; our affinity for screen-printing, the use of paper stencils and our instinctive use of colour. We collected sounds from each participant to develop into a motif - each unique tile represents a project team member. The result was the interactive tile puzzle Sliding Sounds.
The final work created with Marie - Machair Canticle - comprised of two woven panels representing the fragility of the Machair on the Isle of North Uist, where Marie is based and where we did a residency in 2020. I chose sounds of nature prominent on the Machair - wind and rain - as my inspiration, whilst Marie chose the sound of the skylark, a resident of the Machair. Our collaboration was born from visiting each other’s studios and sharing screen printing and painting skills, whilst working with sound as a stimulus.