Started in 2016 by Europe-based photographer Alexandra Sarah, @ButtermilkWave is an ongoing project – a concept, an abstract idea through which the artist focuses mainly on intimate minimalistic portraiture – with a hint of fashion – to express her own state of mind.
Just like buttermilk itself, the portraits are both bitter and sweet, with a touch of acid and darkness, yet still soothing and ever-flowing. This represents the artist’s mentality; her personal experience with depression contradicts with her positive outlook and faith in the world, her heaviness of heart fighting every single day with her lively character.
Even though Alexandra Sarah employs image processing software, such as Photoshop, to better create her concept visually, she does not use it to alter personal characteristics or erase “flaws” – for she does not believe they exist. By engaging into more minimal approaches, and through the use of mostly cold and pastel tones, she makes her subjects her sole centre of attention, and brings out the genuine beauty that lies in each and every person.
This exhibition has been a development from an earlier project ‘The First Ladies of Football’ which explored the history of women’s football a subject that has been until recently a relatively understudied subject.
Women’s football has been one of the fastest growing sports with an increasing media presence and yet very little is known about its origins and development. This project aims to address this deficit by presenting up to date research supported by artwork and images to tell the history of the Game. ‘Game for Girls’ made its debut at the Annan Museum during the summer of 2015 and to tie in with the upcoming European Championships a new tour of the exhibition kicked off last month at the Scottish Parliament. Among the audience for the show was Dumfriesshire MSP Joan McAlpine along with sports minister Aileen Campbell and local MSP Humza Yousaf, and later in the summer the exhibition will take up residence at the Devil’s Porridge Museum.
Besides artwork, a series of information panels have been produced which explain the development of the game with each panel focusing on a specific part of the story. The first panel for instance focuses on the birth of the game and the first references to women playing football; subsequent panels cover the first association games taking the narrative up to the present day.
Alongside the Game for Girls exhibition, Stuart is also exhibiting a series of landscape oil paintings.
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Living and working in Edinburgh, Silas Parry explores sculptural form and materials in a context of environmental destruction. Through this, he discusses the other organisms that share our world; he is interested in how we relate to other forms of life, as we contribute to ecological change. His sculptures and installations often look to non-human (sea-life, extraterrestrial, fictional beings, planetary forces), and science-fiction futures. He has become increasingly fascinated by encounters with unexpected beings, that can re-frame our role in the environment. These new forms of life result from our political present, yet destabilise our place at the centre of the story.
“Surf ’N’ Turf is a positive take on the end of the world – an attempt to embrace our dark future, and the choices taking us there.
Because in this time of change, we’re no longer in control. We will re-discover the importance of non-human species and powerful, unknown forces. There will be moments of discovery, as organisms around us act in ways we can’t predict.
In the deep-sea Abyssal Zone, we’ve found unexpected life, thriving in fast-changing and inhospitable conditions. And perhaps, far below those midnight layers, there are glimmers of hope; a way to survive.
The title is taken from dishes popular in US steakhouses that combine seafood and red meat. Touching on two major causes of ecological destruction (overfishing and industrial cattle farming), surf ’n turf dinners present an image of abundance without dilemma or consequence.”
After spending her childhood in a hospital room – filling the walls with drawings to pass the time – Francesca’s passion for art led her to Glasgow School of Art. Francesca then spent five years developing her design and embroidery skills, graduating with an honours degree in Textiles. Since then, she had the opportunity to learn, and progress her work further, in a costume department creating 18th century embroideries and costumes. Finally after being surrounded by so many talented and inspiring people, she decided to produce a collection of her own work, entitled A Journey from IBD to Italywhich combined two projects she had previously explored.
Her aim for the first of these projects was to turn something ugly into something beautiful – her experience of “ugly” was her childhood illness of ulcerative colitis and osteoporosis. Francesca looked at examples of the cells of the disease, as well as objects and textures which reminded her of both these cells and the crumbling of bones resulting from osteoporosis. She then tried to create “beauty” from her own interpretations of this research. The other personal project was her travels in Italy, during which she documenting the shapes and textures she saw in everything she passed – from the stones in the old cobbled streets to the beautiful mosaics and marble colours in the churches. These two projects are brought together in her cut works and embroideries.
Six Foot Gallery’s Jewellery Showcase 2017 Programme presents the work of emerging jewellery makers over the course of 2017.
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10th May 2017 – 10th June 2017
For Eleanor, mirrors represent the presented self. They are a literal reflection of how we wish to be seen, hiding beneath the surface is our true selves. By using whole, broken, and repaired mirrors, this collection of jewellery explores the different stages of mental health and illness and the pressure to present a perfect image of yourself, when inside you are broken.
‘Healing Process’ Necklace’, £315
‘Well/unwell’ Pendant; £260
Using the Kintsugi technique of repairing with gold, she has created pieces of jewellery which show the beauty in the broken. The golden cracks show that the damage is part of one’s history, rather than something to be disguised. Eleanor wants people who struggle with depression, anxiety, every mental health problem there is, to know that it is not something to be ashamed of, that we should feel proud for having fought such a hard and misunderstood battle. Most of all Eleanor wants to show the beauty of having been broken.
This collection represents Eleanor’s personal experience with mental health and she hopes it opens discussions surrounding other people’s experiences.
Kintsugi: knowing that something is more beautiful for having been broken
The models featured are volunteers who are dealing with mental illness.
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10th May 2017 – 10th June 2017
Kirsten Manzi is a jewellery designer and maker based in Dundee, Scotland. She set up Kirsten Manzi Jewellery Design in November 2015 launching her debut collection of structural, handmade silver jewellery.
After graduating from Duncan of Jordanstone with a degree in Jewellery and Metal Design, Kirsten worked in a jewellery repair workshop for 3 years gaining knowledge in design development, manufacturing and repairs. She has exhibited across the UK at exhibitions including the prestigious New Designers, The Barbican and Lesley Craze Gallery in London. Kirsten also participates in a number of Pop-Up events across Scotland.
Now working from her home studio, Kirsten creates serene, minimalist jewellery inspired by bold geometric shapes and architectural structures. Crafted in solid silver, Kirsten designs each piece using clean, streamlined, aesthetics with many pieces unfolding themselves in the workshop rather than in sketchbooks. With the belief that there is beauty in simplicity she transforms the aesthetics of the built up urban environment into delicate, structural jewellery pieces.
Each piece of Kirsten Manzi Jewellery is designed, made and finished by hand in Kirsten’s home studio, using a mixture of traditional and modern techniques. Focusing on quality craftsmanship and subtle details, Kirsten aims to provide each customer with simple, understated jewellery pieces to be worn and enjoyed every day.
As well as her own designs, Kirsten works with clients to create limited edition and one-off commissions.
Ntina Doryforou started establishing in 1991, with her husband Christos Vroullis, in Greece, their own workshop and creating their first handmade items of mouth-blown glass.
After 13 years of experience with glass, working with it freely without moulds, they began making handmade glass beads. Their success in this area encouraged them to create new items and experiment with new materials such as copper, brass and sterling silver.
In 2005, they opened their own shop in the centre of Thessaloniki, Greece. Recently, in 2015, they moved to Edinburgh, where they continue their inspiring creations.
Now, they design and create handmade lights, mirrors, clocks, bowls, hangers, artistic jewellery and anything else that inspires them! They draw inspiration from nature and from ancient history.
They have participated in many trade fairs in Greece, Germany and UK.
All their items are distinguished by their original, natural style which allows the handmade character of the object, and the original earth materials used, to be brought out.
Iona Hall at Six Foot Gallery
20th February 2017 – 20th March 2017
This February, Six Foot is proud to showcase the works of Glasgow School of Art Students Iona Hall.
Iona Hall is a third year student in Jewellery and Silversmithing at Glasgow School of Art. Inspired by the natural forms, colours and textures she encounters in the environment around her, Iona works predominantly with metals – particularly wire – bending and twisting it into different forms. By making miniature sculptures as well as pieces for the body, she aims to challenge the traditional role of a jeweller. Iona’s work endeavours to investigate ways of expressing the hidden self, prompting the viewer to consider different life perspectives and allow for imperfections.
By exploring the many strands and intricacies of mental health, Iona challenges the viewer’s prejudices and levels of judgement. Each of the twenty objects on display in the Six Foot Gallery represents a visual interpretation of a different mental health issue. Iona has used – amongst other materials – silver, copper, wire and wood to translate her own understanding of these issues into small holdable objects. Her intention is that, upon holding the work in their hand, someone might be able to appreciate the contrast between the small and unthreatening physical object and the magnitude of the emotion it represents for a sufferer.
Paulina Knapik and Sandra Zinkuté at Six Foot Gallery
10th January 2017 – 24th January 2017
This January, Six Foot is proud to showcase the works of Glasgow School of Art Students Paulina Knapik and Sandra Zinkuté.
Paulina Knapik is a 3rd year, Silversmithing and Jewellery Design student at The Glasgow School of Art. Paulina’s artistic practice seeks to balance between fine art and commercial jewellery. Her main inspirational sources are: nature, urban geometry, contrasts in the surrounding world, music, paintings. The variety of works on show cover this range of inspirations, and highlight her skills as a maker.
Sandra Zinkuté is a 3rd year, Silversmithing and Jewellery Design student at The Glasgow School of Art. Sandra’s work is influenced by nature and her changing surroundings. Her newest collection was inspired by the architecture of Glasgow and her observations of nature and plants in the Botanic gardens. Rough surfaces mirror that of the organic life in the city while the outline of the pieces offer a more formal structure and contour. Her objects are interactive, only finished when held in the hand or between the fingers.
The team at Six Foot are delighted to welcome artist Kirsty Boutle to the gallery this week. Kirsty is our current Artist in Residence and will be working in the SFG Studio over the next month.
Kirsty Boutle’s practice uses drawing, painting and sculpture as a material interrogation of the body; an insatiable desiring and viscerally maniacal machine. Questions of merging and intertwining; the reciprocal actualisation of virtual states in, on and through a body. An intimate examination of the emergence of subjectivity brought about by transfigurative encounters with other forms and forces.
During her residency Kirsty will create a series of small and detailed drawings and paintings, focusing on the exploration and combination of one or two repeated motifs within her recent 2 dimensional works which featured in her recent exhibition with Eilidh McPherson, Visceral Absurdities, at the Patriothall Gallery, Edinburgh.
Kirsty will be headlining our exhibition programme this April. To find out more about Kirsty and her work visit her website: www.kirstyboutle.com
* IMAGES: Fly me to the moon on a unicorn (2015) mixed media on paper 35x31cm, American cream soda and a single white pudding (2016)mixed media on paper 45x30cm, Installation shot of Visceral Absurdities at the Patriothall Gallery, Edinburgh
Six Foot Gallery’s Render presents a series of works by three artists spanning sculpture, photography and collage.
Central to the concerns of the artists is their desire to establish an interactive relationship between viewer and maker; be that through touch, the adoption of a playful and imaginative gaze or through invitation to transverse both internal and worldly landscapes.
Craig Black makes physical his personal experiences of comfort, fear and pain, creating an opportunity for new dialogue on love and loss. This dialogue is realised though his unique touch, from hand drawn line to tactile objects. The viewer is invited to participate by adding the warmth of their hands to his sculptures.
Curious Wonders, a selection of photographs by Louise Dautheribes Mckerl, invites the viewer to experience the fragments of her travels through the US, France, Scotland and Jamaica. In the frame and out of it, the call of the road captured by Dautheribes seeks to spark our own imaginings.
Glasgow based artist Richard Martin‘s collage works create a sense of familiarity and equal unease. In his cuts and process of recording there exists both a continuity and a disjunction with the world as an image.
By establishing an environment in which narrative and experiential fragments can be connected by visitors, Render sees these disparate works meet.
To find out more about each artist stay turned to our blog!