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?"
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"
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 (NL) and Vivian Ross-Smith (Shetland Islands). Between August and October 2017 in Newfoundland the artists will host a series of community-based workshops, a community seafood meal, […]Read more "islandness"
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"
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"
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"
As I wrote in my last post…Shetland weather is rather erratic! We’ve been having some great dramatic weather recently with gale force 10 winds, lashing rain and even some hail. I enjoy those wild days, it always makes me very aware of the Northern latitude and how small we are against the huge natural elements. Also, wave […]Read more "Weathered Walks"
Shetland has a tendency to merge its seasons. We don’t have a clear Summer, Autumn, Winter, Spring layout and its a common saying that in Shetland you can experience all 4 seasons in one day – in other words the weather is erratic, very erratic! One thing that teaches us Shetlanders is to appreciate each and […]Read more "Mavis Grind"