Internationally acclaimed musicians and some of Scotland’s most exciting breakthrough artists will gather again in Paisley this week to attend the prestigious Scottish Album of the Year 2018 Award Ceremony.

Taking place on Thursday 6th September at Paisley Town Hall, the winning album will be decided on the night of the Ceremony by a panel of tastemakers appointed from across the creative industries. The Award is Scotland’s national music prize, with the winner awarded £20,000. The ten Shortlisted albums represents an incredibly enthralling and diverse selection of albums created by artists living and working in Scotland, and each Shortlisted artist will receive £1,000 each.  In addition to this, each of these artists will be presented with a distinctive piece of bespoke textile art by winner of the SAY Design Commission, Obsidian Ore.

Geri Donnelly, Designer and Owner at Obsidian Ore, has fused different fabrics and threads together to create each unique artwork, which embraces and reflects on Paisley’s rich textile heritage and the iconic Paisley Shawls. The prizes will feature a soundwave of snippet of the hero song from each of the Shortlisted albums.

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”.

The 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 creative businesses.

Geri continued: “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”

Louisa Mahon, Head of Marketing, Communications and Events at Renfrewshire Council, said: “It’s terrific news that Geraldine’s stunning design has been chosen for this very special SAY Award commission.

“This is the third consecutive year that a Renfrewshire-based creative has designed the award presented to all of the shortlisted acts – and really showcases the huge depth of local artistic talent in the area.

“Geraldine is one of the many fantastic designers to work with Renfrewshire Council’s InCube business incubator scheme, which continues to provide invaluable support to local creative businesses.”

You can also view more of Obsidian Ore by visiting https://incube.ren/businesses/obsidian-ore/

The InCube programme supports pre-start and early stage creative businesses with a range of specialist workshops, mentoring, networking and access to office space. Applications open twice yearly -to find out more see https://incube.ren/

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