This year Dovecot Studios is collaborating with Jock McFadyen on The Mallaig Commission – a major new artwork that interprets the Scottish artist’s gritty, urban vision through the dramatic sensuality of fine art textile.
McFadyen expresses a dark and romantic fascination with Scotland’s urban landscape in his work, which Dovecot is keen to explore by drawing on the Studios’ expertise in gun-tufted rugs and the effects of colour blending.
McFadyen and Dovecot have selected the painting of Mallaig 2, 2018 as the starting point for the collaboration. The intense inky blues in this work are particularly suited to being transformed by the depth of colour and the complex undertones that Dovecot’s skilled approach to gun-tufting can achieve. The Artist Proof was started early in 2021 and is being documented through photography, film and display. While visits to Dovecot are restricted, these digital images are an opportunity to see the creation of the artwork in real time, starting with the colour selection and sampling process and then followed by the stretching of canvas, blending of yarns and tufting process.
The Mallaig Commission Artist Proof is available from late Spring 2021. The work is being created in a limited edition of three artworks plus the initial Artist Proof.
The Mallaig Commission is currently in Dovecot’s curated selection of works for Collect 2021, international art fair for contemporary craft and design, online until 26 March via Artsy.