This project is an important part of SSW’s positioning within the context of Aberdeenshire and the Northeast of Scotland. As SSW is primarily a workshop and studio space, we are constantly looking for ways to engage with other practices that share our interests in material, from tools, to skills and processes, to final objects. It became clear to us that the Northeast of Scotland, extending from the Cairngorms to Peterhead, and from Aberdeen to the Cabrach, had a large number of small workshops with highly skilled craftspeople. We were interested in a conversation with them, and curious about their histories and livelihoods. From this, the idea of a hard disk detailing their work and backgrounds was born.
Over the last years we have been gathering people, photographs and interviews, and have now launched a website, including a map that makes visible the breadth of regional craft practices. The dialogue prompted by this project has been extended to artists who come to work at SSW, with collaborations emerging from it, such as Slow Prototypes, which looks at collaborations between local expertise and international practioners. The website is now publicly available on www.sswskillscape.org.uk and we welcome you to be part of this conversation.
For further information regarding the history and methodology of the project, please visit the website.
Pam Blackhall, kiktmaker Martine Blair, seamstress Dick Chapman, blacksmith Helen Denerley, sculptor
Barry Florence, craft butcher Alan Fyfe, cabinet maker Kirsten Gren, ceramicist Allan Bruce, Glenrock
Brian Fraser, aggregates’ engineer Forbes Lesley, farmer Dennis McBain, coppersmith Ian MacDonald, cooper
Dave Bullock, stonemason Rodney Rollo, aggregates’ engineer John Sinclair, craft butcher
Gavin Smith, wood carver Andy Stewart, joiner Jason Sim, farrier Ian Smith, bee keeper
Scott Sutherland Thomson, cheese maker James Reid, cheese maker Doug Cookson, baker
Rob Nichols, clock mender/restorer Gordon Watt, stained glass David Martin, piano tuner and restorer
Ian Greig, violin maker Steven Denham, dry stone wall builder Richard Duncan, meal miller
Project Curators Nuno Sacramento, Sera James Irvine
Interviews Sera James Irvine and Heather Maslen
Photography All photographs © Heather Maslen heathermaslenphotography.com
Except for: Sera James Irvine – Allan Bruce, Brian Fraser, Rodney Rollo and Mike Davidson, Positive Image – Pam Blackhall
Webpage Ben Burtenshaw
Map design Sofia Oliveira
Intern Tess Faria
SSW Staff Nuno Sacramento, Emily Windham Gray, Eden Jolly, Sara Gallie
Project Supported by Creative Scotland and Aberdeenshire Council – Be Part of the Picture