The First Minister’s Local Heroes Collection

The invitation to place a selection of Scotland’s most interesting, innovative and well-crafted design into not only the Scottish Parliament, but First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s personal office is a reflection of the strength of Scotland’s vibrant design industry. The ten pieces of work we have selected represent the best of contemporary Scottish creativity. To be rotated on a rolling basis, the pieces will act as talking points for visitors and guests of the First Minister. The collection provides an opportunity to promote the industry, process, place and people behind Scottish design. As a changing collection it is intended to be an evolving environment that demonstrates Scotland’s diverse, modern and world class design community.

“Scotland is home to world class artists and designers and I’m proud to be able to support the sector through the Local Heroes project. I welcome visitors from both home and abroad and across the public and private sectors to my office at parliament and it’s a privilege to help raise the profile of Scotland’s exceptional design expertise. The initial collection has already been positively received, with well-deserved praise from visitors. I look forward to welcoming further collections in the future.”
– Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister

“This collection not only celebrates the richness of design practice in Scotland today, it also demonstrates the range of ideas and origins that form Scotland’s design community. From technical sophistication to spectacular aesthetics, this work reflects the wealth of ideas and the breadth of influences that exist in Scotland today. Emblematic of Scotland’s desire to be understood as an open, contemporary, creative place.”
– Clive Gillman, Director of Creative Industries, Creative Scotland

The First Minister’s Local Heroes Collection is made possible with the support of the National Lottery through Creative Scotland and will be exhibited within the First Minister’s personal office at The Scottish Parliament. 

Andreu Carulla studio

(Scotland and Catalonia)

Plat de Pa (BreadPlate)

Andreu Carulla studio – Plat de Pa (BreadPlate)

Catalan designer Andreu Carulla founded his eponymous studio in Banyoles, Spain in 2006. He opened a second studio in Edinburgh, Scotland in 2017. Plat de Pa (BreadPlate) is an homage to the signature Catalan dish of “Paamb Tomàquet” (Breadwith tomato). An aluminium slice of bread used to lay different delicacies and appetizers on. Used by El Celler de Can Roca(World’sBest Restaurant, 2013 & 2015).

Materials: Aluminium

Juli Bolaños-Durman

(Edinburgh)

‘Golden Spout Cactusito’ from Ode to Intuición Series

Juli Bolaños-Durman – ‘Golden Spout Cactusito’ from Ode to Intuición Series

Juli Bolaños-Durman is an artist and designer based in Scotland exploring preciousness and play through the construction of non-functional vessels from found, blown and engraved glass. With a background in Graphic Design, mixed-media and recent immersion into glass; this specific set of experiences gives Juli a fresh and versatile vision when approaching the creative process by repurposing found objects and transforming them into precious artefacts that tell a story.

Materials: Engraved Ceramics and Glass (found objects).

Jennifer Gray

(Glasgow)

Abigail Surface Tiles and Condiment Set

Jennifer Gray – Abigail Surface Tiles and Condiment Set

Jennifer Gray produces objects and jewellery in a range of materials using techniques, which move in and out of the hand-made, and the digital. Each series is unified, in particular through use of traditional hand carving methods, enhanced by taking advantage of emerging digital technologies. Her Abigail Surface Tiles and Condiment Set contains a 3D pinch pot, a grinding sphere for salt and pepper, a brass olive pick and olive pick holder contained in a decorative pyramid.

Materials: Jesmonite, brass sheet inlay, solid brass spheres, cork sheet (surface protection)

Instrmnt

(Glasgow)

A-12 Clock

Instrmnt – A-12 Clock

Instrmnt A-12 is a dual aspect quartz clock for desk or wall. Anodised in a sandblasted silver colour, each clock is spun-form by hand from a disc of raw aluminium, and features the now-customary ‘00’ dial typeset in Helvetica Neue Regular.

Lynne MacLachlan

(Glasgow)

Phase Quintuple Neckpiece

Lynne MacLachlan – Phase Quintuple Neckpiece

Phase is a high impact, high-tech jewellery collection. 3D printed in nylon, the delicate graphic structures create shimmering Moiré interference patterns as the wearer moves around. The piece is hand dyed black and hangs on a long, adjustable black silk cord with silver ends and is studded with jet Swarovski crystals.

Gabriella Marcella

(Glasgow)

Balancing Act

A home sculpture commissioned by Local Heroes to coincide with the Berlin/Glasgow European Championships and exhibited for 16 days at Made in Glasgow by Local Heroes July-Aug 2018. The method for assembling each of Gabriella’s sculptures is simple; after threading wooden parts along a wire, use your intuition to find the precise balancing point.

Materials: Steel wire and Valchromat recycled wood.

Jonathan Pang

(Edinburgh)

Phloem Lamp

Jonathan Pang – Phloem Lamp

The Phloem Lamp was developed as part of the 2017 London Design Fair exhibition with Craft Scotland. The inspiration behind the design was a desire to create a lamp with a lightweight, engineered quality. The exposed components contrast with the light maple and dark Richlite (recycledpaper and resin) tones highlighting the connecting parts, resulting in an industrial look and feel.

Materials: Maple / Richlite / Stainless Steel

Frances Priest

(Edinburgh)

Sculptural Vessel ‘GatheringPlaces – Grammar of Ornament India ii’ series, small

Frances Priest – Sculptural Vessel ‘GatheringPlaces – Grammar of Ornament India ii’ series, small

Frances Priest is an Edinburgh based artist with a specialism in ceramics. Her current work explores cultural histories of ornament and decoration through collections of ornately drawn and coloured ceramic objects. Examples of work can be found in private collections internationally and public collections across the UK including, The National Museum of Scotland, The Fitzwilliam Museum and The Victoria & Albert Museum.

Materials: Ceramics

Patricia Shone

(Skye)

Contour 50 ‘upland watershed’

Patricia Shone – Contour 50 ‘upland watershed’

Shone lives and work on the Isle of Skye. Her work is inspired and informed by a powerful combination of elemental forces – climate, landscape and history.

Materials: Ceramic, raku fired

Natalie J Wood

(Edinburgh)

Detsu parian clay pourer and plate

Natalie J Wood – Detsu parian clay pourer and plate

Detsu is a contemporary tableware line inspired by pattern construction through primitive shapes.‘Detsu’ is a combination of words from cultures where Natalie finds most of her aesthetic inspiration.'De' from the Dutch word for 'the', and 'Tsu' from the Japanese word ‘genjitsu’ meaning real or actual. This idea came from her time at university researching the space between the digital and physical.

The invitation to place a selection of Scotland’s most interesting, innovative and well-crafted design into not only the Scottish Parliament, but First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s personal office is a reflection of the strength of Scotland’s vibrant design industry. The ten pieces of work we have selected represent the best of contemporary Scottish creativity. To be rotated on a rolling basis, the pieces will act as talking points for visitors and guests of the First Minister. The collection provides an opportunity to promote the industry, process, place and people behind Scottish design. As a changing collection it is intended to be an evolving environment that demonstrates Scotland’s diverse, modern and world class design community.

“Scotland is home to world class artists and designers and I’m proud to be able to support the sector through the Local Heroes project. I welcome visitors from both home and abroad and across the public and private sectors to my office at parliament and it’s a privilege to help raise the profile of Scotland’s exceptional design expertise. The initial collection has already been positively received, with well-deserved praise from visitors. I look forward to welcoming further collections in the future.”
– Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister

“This collection not only celebrates the richness of design practice in Scotland today, it also demonstrates the range of ideas and origins that form Scotland’s design community. From technical sophistication to spectacular aesthetics, this work reflects the wealth of ideas and the breadth of influences that exist in Scotland today. Emblematic of Scotland’s desire to be understood as an open, contemporary, creative place.”
– Clive Gillman, Director of Creative Industries, Creative Scotland

The First Minister’s Local Heroes Collection is made possible with the support of the National Lottery through Creative Scotland and will be exhibited within the First Minister’s personal office at The Scottish Parliament. 

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