Thursday, 30 March 2017


New Programme of Exhibitions Launches at Designs Gallery and Café

A two-year programme of inspirational selling exhibitions showing work by prestigious artists and makers will launch on Saturday 8th April 2017 at Designs Gallery and Café in Castle Douglas.

The first exhibition which is simply called “WEAVE” brings together the talents of local printmaker and book artist Hugh Bryden, Edinburgh based fibre artist Anna S King, contemporary and traditional basket Labels
maker Lise Bech from Fife and French jewellery designer Dorine Decayeux .

This exhibition with its emphasis on the natural world is inspired by the beauty of Spring and the natural materials that surround us. The original prints of bird’s nest each with hand coloured eggs by Hugh Bryden, the subtly coloured willow baskets by Lise Bech, the desirable little vessels, some containing secret tiny books by Anna S King and Decayeux’s delicate jewellery each carry the idea of the woven in their construction or in what they portray.

“Each exhibition” independent curator Jane McArthur who is developing the exhibitions at Designs, explains “is intended to place works by the talented artists and makers living and working in the region in dialogue with others of equal national and international standing. Designs wishes to celebrate the immense local talent that we have in the region whilst bringing work by prestigious makers here, so that we all have a chance to see and also to own something beautiful, unique and special.”

 Lucy Carlow, Owner of Designs added “We have an exciting year of exhibitions lined up which include glass, textiles, ceramics and of course lots of fabulous jewellery. We will be focusing on quality craft, seeking out new talent as well as showing work by established makers.”

Each exhibition reflects the same ethos which Lucy has worked by when carefully selecting design pieces for the home, gifts, books and clothes in the shop, which in turn is translated in the food and environment of the café downstairs.

“Weave”, runs for eight weeks at Designs Gallery, 179 Kings Street, Castle Douglas,     8th April – 3rd June 2017

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