Coral Beattie BA (Hons) is a woven textile design graduate from The Glasgow School of Art (2007-2011). Coral who is based in Kilmarnock, has had strong links with the Dumfries and Galloway area since childhood.
Since finishing her degree Coral has worked for woven textile designer Angharad McLaren and more recently, with the visual display team at Harvey Nichols in Edinburgh. In January Coral was awarded the Spring Fling Young Artists Bursary Award, which has funded further development of Coral’s graduate work and textile research. This has culminated in Coral joining the design team at Scottish woven textiles company Alex Begg & Co as their first new graduate designer.
To follow on from her degree show collection, Coral has created and developed a hand woven collection of fashion accessories and interior pieces which shows development from research carried out and undertaken in 2010.
Spring Fling Mentoring Project
Spring Fling’s 10th Anniversary Year is piloting the first Young Artists Mentoring Programme - enabling Spring Fling artists to share their experience, knowledge and skills with young artists who live outwith the region but have links to it. This new initiative for Spring Fling 2012 is part of The Springboard Project funded by The Dumfries and Galloway LEADER Programme and The Holywood Trust.
As part of the Young Artists Mentoring Programme, recent Glasgow School of Art textile design graduate, Coral Beattie will be mentored by textile designer Morag Macpherson.
Coral Beattie is a 2011 graduate of Glasgow School of Art who studied woven textile design and has had strong links with Dumfries and Galloway since childhood. Both sets of Coral’s grandparents had holiday homes near Gatehouse of Fleet and this is where her parents met, so she has spent many summers and school holidays here, like a second home.
Whilst studying, Coral - who is inspired by patterns and details found in architecture - researched geometric pattern repeats, traditional Mexican and Moroccan textiles and explored the use of contrasting patterns using a traditional hand woven loom and a jacquard computer loom. From this she created a collection of woven scarves.
Coral saw Spring Fling as a fantastic platform to start her career and felt it would really give her the chance to experience what it is like to be an artist and maker in everyday life.
Being mentored by Morag Macpherson, a printed textile designer originally from Glasgow and now living in Kirkcudbright, is a great fit. Like Coral, Morag is fascinated by patterns and shapes; she photographs them and reinterprets them to digitally print finished patterns onto fabric. Her illustrations and use of colour are integral to the finished piece. Working together has been mutually beneficial and has given Coral confidence in finding her feet in the creative world. Coral and Morag have a lot in common in terms of their creative inspiration and Morag has enjoyed being able to encourage and support Coral to develop her practice and become an established and successful textile artist.
Coral’s first exhibition is here at the Mill on the Fleet where her woven textiles fit perfectly when exhibited in the setting of the mill, with all its history. She will highlight the hours of work that go into creating her final pieces with photography of the weaving process. For the first time, she will be producing framed woven textile pieces and a larger scale wall hanging. Both will showcase her work in a different way, as she has always approached woven textiles from a fashion perspective in the past.