A new exhibition at the Barony Centre in West Kilbride, transFORM , explores the creativity and ingenuity of craft artists who transform an object and reuse it in a completely different way to its intended function.

The range of unusual materials transformed by these artists include artificial grass, popcorn, bubble gum, biscuit wrappers, plastic bags, plants, old letters, maps and contact lens containers.

Textile artist Nathalie Cortada, who combines traditional textile techniques with discarded materials, worked with video tape knitting and crocheting a dress and kimono like jacket.   Sculptor Robert Mach gives new life to biscuit and sweet wrappers turning them into sculptures, Dark Angel was once a packet of Tunnock’s tea cakes and Rascal a box of Rose’s chocolates.

A group of nine tapestries by fibre artist Anna S King are woven from hand rolled plant fibre, paper, metallic thread, cotton and silk, while a selection of books began as old maps and a calendar. Glass artist Keiko explores memory through released words cut out from a dictionary and letters from her mother encased in glass books. Ceramicist Simon Ward and artist David Henderson have created a new collaborative piece responding to transformation through climate change. Jaimie Macdonald turns contact lens containers into jewellery.

One of the Design Council’s 70 rising stars to watch, Waël Seaiby, who graduated from Edinburgh College of Art last year, explores concepts of self sufficiency transforming recycled plastic bags into a material to create eye-catching objects.

A selection of jewellery by Scottish graduates from Glasgow School of Art and Edinburgh College of Art in 2013 and 2014 show the possibilities of turning every day things into a beautiful wearable object. Previously worn leather is molded into sculptural forms and combined with precious metal by Agne Visniauskaite. Inspired by the concept of grass representing freedom to an ex-prisoner in Alcatraz in San Francisco, Lara Whittaker uses artificial grass in her jewellery, alongside concrete and soap which reflect the essentials of prison life.   Sophie Swinton, designs jewellery using popcorn, suede and bubble gum.

Based on the concept that anything can be defined as a jewel, Stefanie Cheong uses materials that are non-harmful to the environment and found objects in her designs. She also initiated O-PiN, a project which invites people to participate through making a pin using re-cycled materials. She will be holding a free drop-in workshop for visitors to make their own pins on Sat 28 February 2015.


Mon 23 February – Sun 8 March 2015

Barony Centre, 50 Main Street, West Kilbride, KA23 9AR

Mon to Sat: 10am – 5pm, Sun 12 – 5pm

Admission Free

Free Drop-in O-PiN Workshop with Stefanie Cheong

Sat 28 February 2015   11am - 4pm