Hello Hu Zi

8 May 2014

Today was the first full day on Scottish soil for our latest artist arrival. Hu Zi flew into Aberdeen late last night from Shanghai. Represented by the Don Gallery who are the selection partners for the Glenfiddich residency programme in China, Hu Zi works in water colours to create portraits with an abstracted post modernist slant.


Allowing for her late hour of arrival last night, todays schedule was kept to a quick tour of the Glenfiddich process areas and orientation of the Dufftown shops.

Meanwhile down in the cooperage, Trevor and Rhonda, - now on top of the copper casting aspect of their  residency project - have turned their attention to their other key material oak veneer made from old Glenfiddich whisky casks. 

First stage in this reasonably experimental process was to try and produce a series of thin shavings from the face of cask staves. After a  demonstration by our head cooper Ian McDonald, Trevor was able to get some hands on experience on a traditional stave planer.

Art is everywhere as,renovations on two distillery properties that will be used when our last two residents arrive in June have shown. The stripping back of the walls have revealed faded pencil drawings on the bare plaster dated 1909.