Alison Kinnaird has been commissioned to design and engrave two windows for the North porch of Dornoch Cathedral. This follows a succesfull commission for her 'Praise Window', in memory of the organist and choirmaster, which was installed in 2004.
Alison worked on the large window with Patrick Ross-Smith and will be collaborating again with him again on the two new windows, which are expected to be completed in late 2012.
In 2008 Alison completed a major commission for the Royal Museums of Scotland. The installation is titled 'Maze' and is composed of engraved optical glass panels, 1.3 metres long, with programmed LED lights, dichroic colour and painted textile.
Mazes are symbolic in many cultures of both life & death, Paradise or Hell - the difficulty of finding a path through life. The circles in the background are formed by the natural drying process of some liquids, and represent both deacy & regeneration. The figures are linked by a golden line, which is programmed to appear as if running through the piece. The golden thread was often used in legend to find a way out of the maze, and symbolises the line of life.
As the museum is currently udergoing a major refurbishment, 'Maze' will not be installed in it's permanent position until the works are complete in the museum.
'Psalmsong', Alison's first glass installation work to showcase her use of light & colour, was made possible by a Creative Scotland Award from the Scottish Arts Council in 2002. It took a year to complete, and utilises engraved crystal panels with dichroic colour and optical fibre lighting, digital photography, printed textiles & music.
The glass work is based around a piece of music of the same name, composed & performed by Alison on the Scottish harp. The notes of the melody were recorded & analysed, and the patterns produced by sampling across the soundwave formed the basis of the glass design. The human figures & the colours represent the emotion in the music.
The lights & colours make use of optical fibre technology & the shadow projected by the engraving was photographed & digitally printed to produce a shadow banner, 4.5m long, which hangs behind the glass.
'Psalmsong' is now in the permanent collection of Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh. The video above, which shows the installation in its entirety and in detail, was directed by Robin Morton and is taken from Alison's CD / DVD album 'The Silver String' (Temple Records COMD2096), which contains a full length album & a DVD featuring two other short films and video interviews with Alison about her work.
More images & details of 'Psalmsong' are available in the 'Glass>Gallery' section of this website
Interface - Hotel Murano
The hotel Murano in Tacoma WA, USA is now open for visitors to see its exciting collection of glass. The owners commissioned 40 artists from around the world to make major works for the hotel. Each floor showcases an artist, while other works are in the public areas.
Alison Kinnaird's piece 'Interface' is situated in the grand corridor, opposite the entrance to the Ballroom. As North-West of the United States is a hub of glass-art activity, it is hoped that many interested visitors will take the opportunity to see Hotel Murano collection.
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Visit to Academy of Art and Design in Wroclaw, Poland
In October 2010, Alison Kinnaird traveled to Poland as a Visiting Professor at the Academy of Art and Design in Wroclaw. She gave a number of seminars and public lectures, as well as demonstrating her art of engraving. She also gave a recital of Scottish harp music at the music society in Wroclaw.
Alison hopes to take part in a group exhibition along with Prof. Marta Sienkiewicz and Maciej Zaborski, in Wroclaw in March 2012.
Victoria & Albert Museum - 150 anniversary album
Alison Kinnaird was one of the 150 artists invited to produce a page for a commemorative book celebrating the 150thAnniversary of the Victoria & Albert Museum. Among the other distinguished artists and designers are Quentin Blake, Anish Kapoor, and Antony Gormley. Other glass artists featured are Keiko Mukaide and Angela Jarman.
The pages are to be bound into a book which is at present on view in the main entrance hall of the Victoria & Albert Museum.
Twenty of the artists have their pages selected to be produced as limited edition posters, available till the end of September, in support of the museum.