‘Island Connections’ is a series of works considering the relationship between people and land. Vivian recently spent 2months as Artist in Residence on the island of Korpo, where she developed this new body of work as a conversation between the Finnish Archipelago and her home islands of Shetland, and in particular Fair Isle. […]Read more "Island Connections"
Over the festive period I have enjoyed getting back into fish skin preserving. When I preserve skins I do large batches at a time so I have a ‘stock’ to make work from. With depleting numbers however it was time to get preserving a new batch. If at all possible I will preserve fish that have been […]Read more "Winter Preserving"
I always feel it so important to mark the end of a journey. Either by an event, a gathering of people or just some self reflection. Here at AARK we decided to host an Open Studio, to share our work, experiences and thoughts on the residency. Titled ‘One of the most essential things one needs to walk […]Read more "Finland Reflections"
During my time at the Scottish Sculpture Workshop I had a go at my first every bronze casting. This was the plan I made: Make two small nets from natural fibres Cast each net in bronze Take the first net to Fair Isle, Shetland Allow the first net time to patina in the North Sea Take the […]Read more "Bronze Net – Korpo"
What a phenomenal first month it has been here in the Finnish archipelago. I cannot express how good it feels to have dedicated time to focus only on my practice. Giving yourself head space is too often forgotten or overlooked in our usual hectic every day lives. Since arriving in Korpo I’ve been reminding myself that “doing […]Read more "Learning from the Archipelago"
Firstly, I must apologise. My blog has been neglected and I have not been sharing any of my emotions, inspirations or adventures onto this lovely little space on the internet I have made for myself. I have however, had a very wonderful and busy summer packed full of work and travel. So, here is a very […]Read more "Time ticks away…and all of a sudden I’m in Finland again."
Since I arrived at SSW a couple of months ago I’ve been watching the goings on of the foundry in wonderment and excitedly photographing all the metal pours. They are skills that I was amazed to watch but which were completely alien to me. I am after all a “painter” working in a sculpture workshop! I’m […]Read more "Bronze Casting"
Since living down in Aberdeenshire I have been enjoying some lovely visits from loved ones. With their company I’ve been taking the opportunity to explore my surroundings and enjoy Scotland. I can’t quite get over how fantastically easy it is to just head off on a wee adventure and not have to worry about planes or ferries, […]Read more "Exploring Scotland’s North West"
Where is the time disintegrating away to?! I feel like I am always chasing after it! I’ve already been at Scottish Sculpture Workshop for over a month and it has been absolutely jam packed – so far I’ve had a great overview of the workings of this energetic arts organisation nestled away in Lumsden. My first few weeks of […]Read more "Molten Metal + Snowy Landscapes"
I’ve had a change of scenery recently… At end of last week I said cheerio to Shetland and my loved ones to head off for some new arts experiences. I was delighted to be offered a position at Scottish Sculpture Workshop as their Programme Assistant for a couple of months. I arrived on Monday and […]Read more "Scottish Sculpture Workshop"