September 2015 saw Make Works work in partnership with Hospitalfield, to run a residency programme that immerses artists, designers and makers onto the factory floor of Scottish manufacturers listed on Make Works.
This film, made by our fantastic film partners at Edinburgh Film Company tells the story of how our first resident, Marion Parola from Bespoke Atelier, a Glasgow based design and screenprinting studio, started working in Smyth Composites, a manufacturer of flat sheet glass reinforced plastic based in Carnoustie.
Splitting their time between the Hospitalfield studio spaces and the factory floor for just over a month, gave residents the opportunity to learn from industry practice and experiment with manufacturing processes. In the case of Bespoke Atelier and Smyth, bringing together the worlds of fibreglass and resin with textile design and screenprinting to create a new material and use of the GRP fabrication process.
We've been delighted watching how this project has unfolded, highlighting what can happen when you bring artists and fabricators together. By continuing to embed residents in manufacturing spaces, we hope that new work, research and connections will be made between artists, designers and the local manufacturing industry.
You can find out more about Smyth Composites here on Make Works