I am a Scottish artist and designer based in Glasgow. My key area of interest is in collaborative projects that explore place, narrative and participation. My work encompasses painting and drawing, installation, print and delivery in the community. Learn more about my approach and interests in this blog section of my website. For a more frequently updated insight into my practice please follow me on twitter @josievallely
I have always loved working with ceramics- there is something so exciting about creating a solid object from mud! These latest pots are inspired by the colours I was exploring in Applecross- the pinks and creams from skylines and the pearl inside shells, the organic shapes and mark making form the stones and the lichen that grows on them. I really enjoy trying to capture tiny 'landscapes' in the accidents of the glazing process, distilling them down into these domestic objects that hold acts of care and subsistence- a bowl of soup, a pot of coffee.
We have been busy collaborating in the studio on some outfits for a performance in late October- inspired by some of the scots songs and writing I'l be getting my tongue round!
We have been thinking about Scots words like driech, and responding to the colours on washed out industrial sea shores and the shapes of North East fishing wear.
I had the absolute pleasure of working with the team (both young and old!) at St Paul's Youth Forum, to create a suite of logos for all their fantastic projects! check out their work here
I have just spent a fantastic week in the Wester Ross, at North West Highlands Arts, with artist and sailor Christine Morrison. (http://www.christinemorrison.co.uk)
We spent the week walking out into the landscape of Applecross and Sheildaig peninsulas. The space, so vast and intricate at the same time, and the autumnal colours, were intoxicating. It was an opportunity to step back and begin linking in various aspects of my practice- in Scots song, observing the landscape, collecting, and reflecting on women’s relationship to the land and space. I will be drawing this work together for an exhibition in the new year.
I work on lots of different kinds of projects and sometimes it can be hard to keep track of what I up to!