Commissioned by Carlowrie Castle and Craft Design House, these sets of decanters and glasses are inspired by the fascinating life of botanist and explorer Isobel Wylie Hutchison.
Isobel Wylie Hutchison is a fascinating figure, a lone female explorer venturing on Arctic expeditions at a time when women were considered ‘too fragile and gentle’ for such endeavours. Glass lends itself particularly well to representing these ideas of strength and fragility and I chose to design a set of blown glass drinking vessels with a decanter as a practical but elegant tribute to Isobel.
The vessels refer to various aspects of her explorations and the era in which she travelled. Geometric forms and patterns draw on Art Deco designs of the period and the geometric patterns on clothing of the indigenous people Isobel encountered. Engraving, carving and mark making on the glass surface, represent abstracted maps, landscape forms and details taken from her writing and documentaries. The rugged natural elements contrast with the rigid geometry, echoing Isobel’s determination to pursue her love of travel against society’s expectations. An icy palette, evocative of the Arctic landscapes, adds subtlety to the surface decoration, demanding a closer look.
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