The Alchemy Experiment
157 Byres Road, G12 8TS
18th March 2022 19.00-21.00
23rd March 2022 19.00-21.00
Monday - Saturday 9.00-18.00
Sophy Louise creates vibrant handcrafted rugs, inspired by organic patterns and landscapes. Based on Glasgow’s East end, she develops her freelance illustration work into original home textiles. Bold, abstracted shapes and compositions form the foundations of her work, as well as nods to scottish heritage and tradition throughout.
"Exploring the relationship between past and present, ‘shared histories’ celebrates Scotland’s industrious past, from farming, fishing, to craft. The historical roots of these industries shape our utilisation of the landscapes surrounding us, which are steeped in cultural heritage. Land was cultivated and farmed, leaving a quilt of patchwork fields throughout the countryside, harbour-side settlements developed over time and shifted migration patterns throughout Scotland. Craft flourished in domestic environments as women found ways to express themselves through textiles.
Utilising rug-making to explore these themes of tradition in a contemporary context, the collection seeks to celebrate the lasting impact of historical trades that sustained ordinary Scots. Redefining the notion of ‘womens work’, of craft, as a lesser example of creative expression, the entire collection is framed within the medium of wool, to acknowledge the importance of traditional craft and making."
A vivid illustration of flowing rock formations, celebrating natural landscapes and their involvement within historical industries.
Inspired by the pooling waves along Orkneys coastlines.
An abstracted birdseye view of farmlands, utilising bright colours and interconnected shapes.
An abstracted birdseye view of farmlands, inspired by crop circles and similar patterns created during crop harvesting.
Involving shapes directly lifted from docked ships, this piece embodies the atmosphere of Stromness as morning light floods over the waters.
Utilising organic pattern found within water- aged rocks, this rug zooms in on the detail within these weathered natural designs.
Incorporating drawings from research sketchbooks, this composition explores the depth and variety found within the Scottish countryside.