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.
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The project has expanded and developed through 2019 to include non-textile practitioners with a focus on exploring distributed and disruptive collaboration. I am developing two bodies of work currently with ceramicist Laura Lightbody and weaver & painter Marie Melnyczuk.
ceramic-tile-puzzle-prototype
ceramic-tile-puzzle-prototype
rain-inspired-painting
rain-inspired-painting
Laura and I immediately connected through our love of surface pattern design and we have been exploring simple sound-inspired motifs to translate onto tiles via enamel transfers. We are working towards creating an interactive tile puzzle for the exhibition later this year which will encompass motifs developed from all project participants' sounds.
Marie introduced me to her painting process during a residency in 2019. Using the sound of rain as a starting point  I am combining acrylic paint and textile printing techniques to develop a series of experimental samples. Rain provides me with a mixed emotional response - I am effected negatively by the lack of light from gloomy skies but I find the sound of rain immensely calming. As well as responding emotionally with a variety of materials to the sound of rain I am exploring the visual aspect by photographing raindrops and thinning paint to mimic its liquidity.
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