Meet Your Maker at craft event with Allanton artist

Pauline Burbidge
Pauline Burbidge

Craft enthusiasts will be given an opportunity to see makers in action as the popular ‘Meet your Maker’ weekend takes place next weekend.

And among those exhibiting at the event, being held at the Borders Townhouse in Hawick on September 7 and 8, is Allanton’s Pauline Burbidge, who has recently exhibited in her own annual open exhibition alongside Charlie Poulsen.

Pauline is a textile artist whose work has grown from the tradition of quiltmaking, although the imagery she uses is completely contemporary, often drawing from the landscape or plant forms. Based in Berwickshire she has an international reputation as a contemporary textile artist/designer and has exhibited widely throughout the UK and USA.

Her quilts can be found in collections from Glasgow to Nebraska.

Pauline will have a range of her work, including a large scale studio quilt, on display, and be on hand to demonstrate and chat to visitors about her craft.

Her co-exhibitor for the Meet Your Maker weekend is Natasha Smith from Ancrum.

Natasha has been working with stone for over 20 years and makes work for both private and public clients.

Perennial subjects include clouds, hollows, spoons and puzzles, works often include exquisitely detailed hand carved lettering.

Transported from her home workshop, Natasha will have several of her works on display and be on hand to demonstrate the skill involved in hand carving and lettering stone.

Visitors will also be able to have a go at stone carving.

Meet your Maker first began in 2010 as one of Craft Scotland’s original campaigns held in the National Museums Scotland.

This year it has grown into a national showcase spread across eight Scottish venues to give more people the opportunity to witness the event.

Using eight Scottish venues that are committed to promoting and supporting Scottish makers, the event will again showcase fourteen talented Scottish makers and give the public a glimpse into their creative processes from the design stage, through production to the final pieces which showcase the skill, commitment and creativity involved as well as an insight into the range of techniques designers/makers employ in their work.

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