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"
There’s been a strange lull in life with the studio being empty and most of my work being exhibited in my solo show, Erosions. This past month has been a time for some much needed chilling out and a lot of catching up with my other art baby, Visual Artist Unit. Although VAU is Scotland wide, we base the organisation […]Read more "Thoughtful Journeys"
I am delighted that my solo show ‘Erosions’ is now open at Newave Gallery, Aberdeen. In this series of works I have considers sustainability and human impact on the land. As the results of climate change become apparent, I have been exploring how these issues are being addressed, glorified or even ignored. Manipulating materials such as wood, […]Read more "‘Erosions’ at Newave Gallery"
If I were to label myself, I would say I’m an islander. This would be true for me if I lived anywhere in Shetland, as here you are never further than 5km from the sea. I enjoy that fact, and find ease in it. The sea can be a lifeline, a way of life, a barrier and […]Read more "Heading Home"
The studio is empty again. I always have a lot of nervous energy before sending work off for an exhibition. So much care, time and thought goes into every piece that you know them inside out. To package it up and send it off knowing that for the first time it’s going to be observed, […]Read more "Bon Voyage"
Nearly there! It’s been a very busy few months pulling together this solo show but I’m just about finished and happy that everything is on track for opening on 11th September at the lovely Newave Gallery. It’s a beautiful space right in the centre of Aberdeen, overlooking The Castlegate. The gallery is absolutely flooded with […]Read more "Erosions"