Evening Times

Bespoke textile art created to honour shortliste­d artists

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IN addition to winning a cash prize, each of those shortliste­d for the Scottish Album of Year Award will be presented with a distinctiv­e piece of bespoke textile art by winner of the SAY Design Commission, Obsidian Ore.

Geri Donnelly, left, designer and owner at Obsidian Ore, has fused different fabrics and threads together to create each unique artwork, which embraces and reflects on Paisley’s rich textile heritage and the iconic Paisley Shawls.

The prizes will feature a soundwave of snippet of the hero song from each of the shortliste­d albums.

Geri said: “When I read the brief, connecting Paisley’s textile heritage and the celebratio­n of music together just sounded challengin­g and fun to explore.

“I started trying out ways I could show sound waves through fabric including embroidery, digital print and fusing different textures together.”

The textile design graduate of Duncan of Jordanston­e College of Art & Design has been working with Renfrewshi­re Council’s InCube business incubator scheme which provides funding and support to creative businesses.

Geri continued: “Being at InCube with other great, creative people has been amazing and so insightful and I am so lucky to have all the guidance and knowledge from everyone there”.

Geri was selected for the SAY commission after entering a competitio­n by the organisers of

The SAY Award, the Scottish Music Industry Associatio­n (SMIA).

Hilary Goodfellow, campaign producer for The SAY Award, said: “The SAY Design Commission recognises the enduring links that exist between the fields of music, art and design in Scotland, and it was a really pleasure to again partner with InCube.

“Judging the submission­s was really difficult as the standard was so high, but we all felt that Geri’s prizes are fantastica­lly creative response to the brief.

“We loved that each piece is totally bespoke incorporat­ing a soundwave from each artist’s Shortliste­d album.

“Each unique piece echoes Paisley’s textile heritage while celebratin­g Scotland’s thriving creative community and music scene.

“Each prize is a beautiful and bespoke momento, which I’m sure this year’s Shortliste­d artists will be absolutely delighted to receive.”

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