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Obsidian Ore commissioned for SAY Award Design

Obsidian Ore commissioned for SAY Award Design

The winner of the Scottish Album of the Year Award 2018 will be revealed at a glittering ceremony at Paisley Town Hall this week – and each Shortlisted act will take home a bespoke textile art created by a local designer.

Geri Donnelly, designer and owner at Obsidian Ore, has been selected as the winner of the SAY Design Commission for her unique artwork embracing Paisley’s rich textile heritage and the iconic Paisley Shawls.

Geri has fused different fabrics and threads together to create the prizes, which will feature a soundwave of snippet of the hero song from each of the Shortlisted albums.

Paisley Town Hall will host the SAY Award ceremony for the third consecutive year on Thursday 6 September with internationally acclaimed musicians and some of Scotland’s most exciting breakthrough artists gathering to celebrate Scotland’s national music prize.

Speaking about her winning design, Geri said: “When I read the brief, connecting Paisley’s textile heritage and the celebration of music together just sounded challenging and fun to explore. I started trying out ways I could show sound waves through fabric including embroidery, digital print and fusing different textures together.”

Geri, who is a textile design graduate of Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, has been working with Renfrewshire Council’s InCube business incubator scheme which provides funding and support to local, creative businesses with a range of specialist workshops, mentoring, networking and access to office space.

She added: “Being at InCube with other great, creative people has been amazing and so insightful and I am so lucky to have all the guidance and knowledge from everyone there.”

Geri was selected for the SAY commission after entering a competition by the organisers of The SAY Award, the Scottish Music Industry Association (SMIA).

Hilary Goodfellow, campaign producer for The SAY Award said: “The SAY Design Commission recognises the enduring links that exist between the fields of music, art and design in Scotland, and it was a really pleasure to again partner with InCube whose incubators continue to constantly innovate.

“Judging the submissions was really difficult as the standard was so high, but we all felt that Geri’s prizes are fantastically creative response to the brief. We loved that each piece is totally bespoke incorporating a soundwave from each artist’s Shortlisted album.

“Each unique piece echoes Paisley’s textile heritage while celebrating Scotland’s thriving creative community and music scene. Each prize is a beautiful and bespoke momento, which I’m sure this year’s Shortlisted artists will be absolutely delighted to receive at The SAY Award 2018 Ceremony.”

The SAY Award winner will be awarded ÂŁ20,000 with the ten Shortlisted albums each receiving ÂŁ1,000 and the stunning textile art by Obsidian Ore.

You can view more of Obsidian Ore by visiting here. (Link opens in a new browser window)

InCube is Invest in Renfrewshire’s new business programme to launch and grow creative businesses. As many as 20 young businesses will win an InCube place every year. They’ll get a package of support that’s worth more than £11,000 and includes funding and support from Renfrewshire's leading business people.


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