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Formed: What Makes Applied Art, Aberdeen Art Gallery

  The digital textile exhibit, Inner Light belongs to Aberdeen Art Gallery’s permanent collection (It was previously commissioned as part of The Cutting Edge Scotland’s Contemporary Crafts Exhibition, National Museums of Scotland Partnership). The piece was one of many selected from the collection for the exhibition, Formed: What Makes Applied Art. The yearlong exhibition aimed to generate thought and discussion on the perception of Fine Art, Applied Art and Design and to engage the viewer in an attempt to stimulate response to the object and of the role of the artist-maker. The juxtaposition of historical and contemporary objects highlighted the parallels and contrasting working methods of current makers with those from previous centuries in terms of techniques used, design solutions and style. The relationship between Fine and Applied Art was investigated through a selection of work by Fine Artists who produced designs for functional objects, along with those who harnessed Applied Art techniques in order to explore a particular concept such as design innovation, manufacture in order to push materials to new limits.

Inner Light formed part of the latter and explored design innovation through a combination of new aesthetics as digitally controlled, polychromatic light and novel manufacturing techniques to create new, light-emitting yarn components and material concepts.

Height: 2.8m Width: 1.2m Depth: 0.25m

Inner Light appears in Textile Design, Chapter 3: New Technologies in Woven Textile Design, p100-101 by Simon Clarke, ISBN 978 1856696876, Laurence King Publishing, 2011.

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  • Date:

    27 May 2009

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  • Library of Congress:

    NK Decorative arts Applied arts Decoration and ornament

  • Dewey Decimal Classification:

    729 Design & decoration


Taylor, S. Formed: What Makes Applied Art, Aberdeen Art Gallery. Exhibited at Aberdeen, Scotland. 27 May 2009 - 6 March 2010. (Unpublished)



Light-emitting; Fibre optics; Programmable-textiles; Digital-craft

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