German artist Gabriele Konsor is founder of Landmade, an interdisciplinary cultural platform that links regional conditions with current social issues in her village of Strodehne in rural Havelland/Brandenburg. Through Partnerlook!, Gabriele will bring the core principles of her Strodisign project to Huntly, establishing a long-term creative partnership between Landmade and Deveron Projects.
What do traditional fabric patterns tell us about ourselves? What can we learn through exchange of these heritage materials and designs with different cultures? How closely are socio-political patterns in either culture linked? How do we develop new future common patterns?
In her luggage she has a piece of cloth from her Brandenburg village: The strikingly patterned curtain of the former community hall. This fabric and its patterns have a unique and distinctive place within the East-German cultural memory. Konsor plans to bring this evocative material from her village's heritage into contact with local clothing traditions, fabrics and patterns of Scotland and Huntly.
This multi-year process collaboratively connects with the two communities in collaboration with artist Andrea Chappell, a creative kilt maker based in the North-East of Scotland who uses diverse fabrics in remodelling the traditional kilt. More of Andrea's work: http://picdeer.com/acme.atelier, https://www.acme-studios.co.uk/. Through multiple events and intervention starting with a 90k pilgrimage from Strodehne to the Fashion Museum in Meyenburg, curated by Claudia Zeiske, the project hopes to connect many different individuals and groups from both locations through design, walking, dancing and other creative forms of celebration to develop new and sustainable patterns of collaboration.