Magical Mobiles


4 May 2020

This week we’ve been inspired by the work of artist Katy Dove (1970 - 2015) to think about shapes, colours and patterns and how we can use them to make a moving artwork that can provide a sense of calm.

Watercolour collage, Katy Dove

We held a memorial exhibition of Katy Dove's drawings, paintings, prints and animations in DCA galleries in 2016 in partnership with Discovery Film Festival. Katy studied at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design (DJCAD) in the 1990s and worked at DCA when it first opened, later participating in the programme and working with the Print Studio. Our exhibition included examples of her animations, which she created by scanning drawings and paintings and editing them together to create movement. She then added music to these pieces, resulting in works with a medative quality.

Photography: Erika Stevenson

For this week's make, we're taking inspiration from the different shapes, colours and patterns used in Katy Dove's work and making our own moving artwork: a mobile! Download our step-by-step guide to making a Magical Mobile, create your masterpiece and then share it with us using #DCAmakes.

Need a bit more inspiration before getting started? Have a look at other artists like Joan Miró and Alexander Calder who made many different kinds of mobiles and moving sculptures.

If you enjoy this activity and you're able to, we'd be so grateful if you'd consider donating to help us keep enriching people's lives through art, culture and creativity. Thank you! 

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