I’m writing this whilst relaxing with a ‘beer cocktail’ in the Port Rexton Brewery in Newfoundland while my friend and partner in islandness, Jane Walker, works a shift behind the bar. We have just had the most fantastic few days kicking off the first events in our collaborative project, something we have been working toward together […]Read more "‘Fish Skin as Art and Craft’ for Bonavista Biennale 2017"
Last year I had the delight of being announced the winner of the ‘Painting, Drawing and Sculpture’ category of the Shetland Open Exhibition. As a result the other three category winners (Aimee Labourne, Jeanette Nowak, Gillian Bridle) and I had the pleasure of making work for a group show at Bonhoga Gallery. Time was of the essence […]Read more "Traces"
‘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’ve had a keen interest in taxidermy and methods of preserving for a while now and find the processes involved and the outcomes fascinating. Whether this may be very traditional practices used to preserve food, or treating skins and wool in order to make clothing; or a more contemporary approach allowing the skins to be […]Read more "Preserving Fish Skins, 2011"