When I was commissioned to create a piece of artwork to hang in the newly restored Irvine Townhouse, I took a slightly different approach than to my previous work. In addition to researching the physical shapes and make up of the landscape, I also looked to the human history of the town to create a map which speaks of the people as well as the landscape.
A collaboration of people, place, art, design, craft, wool and textiles.
Months of scheming and plotting ensued. A creative exchange agreed. Chatting and sharing of thoughts, ideas, memories and measurements.
Inspired by Islay - Inspired by Shetland.
On Monday 29th May I joined the Lochaber Geopark Geology Group on an excursion to the Rhue Peninsula near Arisaig. The structures of the rocks around this area are complex. They have been subject to great geological forces and processes, with folds, layers and intrusions easy to see all around.
If you’re familiar with my work you’ll realise the significance of my new address. As a textile artist, returning home to a place built by the thread and textile industry in the 1800’s it feels right and proper.
My Studio is relocating from West Kilbride.
...new found freedom will allow me the opportunity to venture out into the landscape more often, apply for residencies, study, experiment with new techniques and generally be more proactive.