islandness is a living experiment. An open platform spanning the North Atlantic, this project explores life on two northern islands through the art practices of two islanders: Jane Walker (Newfoundland) and Vivian Ross-Smith (Shetland). islandness aims to bring people and place together, forging new bonds among individuals, artists and communities through making and gathering. Now […]Read more "islandness – Shetland"
This post was written for ‘Islandness’ a new website where myself and Jane Walker will share and develop ideas from our respective islands. Please visit https://islandnessart.wordpress.com to find more information and follow along. I wake up early on a cloudy Bonavista morning, feeling a bit groggy and too warm. I listen to hear if Jane is busying […]Read more "What does being an islander mean to you?"
Recently life has been very busy and I’ve been getting a bit overwhelmed with trying to sort out my thoughts, my anxieties and most importantly my calendar!! I usually get my following year booked up and planned by December if not before, which is great for ensuring I can be as savvy as possible with my […]Read more "Going with your instincts…"
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"
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"
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"
How is it February already?! January appears to have disintegrated into a blur of future planning, Up-Helly-Aa celebrations, art and travelling! Here’s a wee recap… The year started off sleepily but the cobwebs and lazy bones were quickly energised with the wild weather hitting into Shetland, some dramatic wave watching was enjoyed and reminded me of […]Read more "Welcoming 2016"
Happy Winter Solstice everyone! We can officially celebrate the darkness being at its most pure and enjoy the fact that from now on the days will be getting longer and lighter. Phew! I feel this as a prominent turning point and although the longer days won’t be apparent for a while yet, this day is […]Read more "Happy Winter Solstice"
I was recently invited to give a guest lecture at The Shetland College to all the National Certificate Art and Textile Degree students. I completed my NC in art at Shetland College to build a portfolio before applying to Gray’s School of Art, so being given the opportunity to speak about my practice to the […]Read more "Reflecting on Light and Dark"