MtW Live: Kirsty Dalton

Kirsty Dalton was born and raised in Perth Scotland and studied her degree in Fine Art at Duncan of Jordanstone in Dundee and graduated in 2015. Since graduating, Dalton has worked both locally and internationally having completed internships with Tin Roof Art Collective in Dundee and VinSpace Art Studios in Vietnam.

Kirsty runs her own craft line called ’Primitive Woodland Line'. Specialising in woodwork, utilising traditional methods of wood turning, hand carving and pyrography. Kirsty regularly exhibits throughout Scotland at galleries and design events. As well as hosting local and international woodwork demonstrations most recently taking part in a woodturners worldwide online symposium in January 2022. Kirsty Dalton joined Collective on Calton Hill as a Welcome Assistant in September 2021, since starting with the collective she has also embraced the role of workshop assistant for the Friday afternoon 'Collective Play' sessions.

Primitive is a line of wooden works produced by Scottish designer Kirsty Dalton. Each piece is individually handcrafted from various cuts of natural wood, shaped and then burnt freehand, using a process called pyrography. This approach complements the form and unique characteristics of this beautiful medium. The wood is sourced locally in Scotland and the artist primarily uses sycamore; its natural light and blond appearance accentuate the burnt in-detail.

Utilising traditional methods of woodturning and hand carving, Dalton’s approach is purely instinctive; or primitive; inspired by nature, with a focus on bold shapes merged with intricate detail, aiming to capture the essence of prehistoric art combined with more contemporary ornamentation


My Demonstration

I will be doing a collaborative demonstration with Pat Carroll entitled Tea for Two based on a piece of Pat's turned work which I will finish in my own style.