Dundee based artist Paola McClure is well known for her strange alien-like creatures handmade from vintage fabrics and second-hand clothing. She is interested in fabrics, pattern and colour, and her influences range from the primitive to the camp. Work in the past has included quirky and colourful extraterrestrials, selections of small dolls, voluptuous upholstered female figures, teletubby-esque textile landscapes and boggle-eyed astronauts.
Although some of the work may have a dark edge, it is impossible to escape the sense of fun, and the joy of making, which is in evidence throughout her work.
Taking its name from a popular children's book by Ann and Paul Rand, Sparkle and Spin will feature new âsoft sculpture' characters and large-scale installation pieces in an exhibition which will have plenty to enthral and inspire visitors, young and old alike.
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