Following the wild storms we had over christmas I have been able to get out and see what treasures the wild seas have thrown up! The outdoors provides a huge amount of materials and inspiration for my work, and I love observing the changes in the seasons and local habitats.
Whenever possible I take my 5 year old son with me. We love to explore the local seashore for treasure! We have found a huge variety of different things and notice how each beach is very different in many ways.
In Scalloway, we found a large selection of different coloured bottle necks, which was unusual. They were a real challenge to use, until I came up with the idea of cutting out a channel in a wood board and arranging the bottle necks by colour. The piece of work is defiantly one of a kind, and is available to buy in my website shop.
At a glance, the head of the voe at Scalloway looks a bit muddy and uninteresting, however on closer inspection we found their to be natural live mussel beds, as well as a great selection of patterned pottery pieces. I love to wonder where these pieces came from, and the lives they have lead.
Here’s to more days spent exploring outside!! Days like these make for a super fun break from the IPad (for us both!)
I hope January is treating you well so far!
I’ve been getting stuck into developing some new ideas. The past year has seen some real changes and opportunities for me and my work, and i’m very excited and pleased to announce that I have been invited to join Craft Scotland on the strength of my mosaic work.
Craft Scotland is a charity which works to promote a wide range of crafts and creates opportunities for Scottish makers to exhibit, sell and promote their work. With exhibitions, workshops and events which champion craft, its a fantastic opportunity.
Mosaic work is defiantly my first love, and I have lots of plans for it in 2017, including smaller works. Ive been inspired to decorate native Shetland animal shapes, such as otters, birds and rabbits, using a variety of materials, including pottery from local beaches, which makes the art truly unique and special. These will be sold locally as well as online and would make the perfect gift.
The picture is a larger mosaic piece I sold recently using local driftwood, beach pebbles and glass tiles.
Happy New Year! I hope you’ve all had a lovely festive and are feeling inspired for what 2017 will bring. I’ve has a really relaxing time with family and am preparing for some busy and exciting times ahead. Its straight back to work!
First up is an exhibition, in Islesburgh Community Centre in Lerwick. My pieces will be in the large glass cabinets at the entrance to the building for the whole of January. I exhibited here in June and September last year and its a great place to be as its the hub of the community and the staff are really friendly.
The work on display is a mix of smaller sea glass clothesline designs. The latest batch have winter sunset skies, all inspired by Shetland, of course. There will also be more of my painted scaffolders boards, which are made from recycled chunky wood and are very popular.
As its a free space, the staff can’t sell or handle the work on display, but it you’d like to buy something please get in touch – I’m happy to pop in if you want it there and then, otherwise all of my pieces are available to buy on the website. You can contact me via email, facebook or by calling 01595 880 526. Delivery can be arranged so have a browse, and make sure you pop into Islesburgh if your passing!
Welcome to my blog page!
I’ve been busy, developing ideas and making,and it’s hard to believe how far I’ve come: from having no work shown to now having a website, selling my artwork online and in a few local locations – at Ninian, in Lerwick, and at the Hoswick Visitor Centre – and I’m exhibiting year round in a local cafe, The Olive Tree.
Some highlights include the Shetland Arts and Craft Fair in November. This was a big deal for me, because as well as being really enjoyable it was my first anniversary of selling my artwork!
In 2015 I decided to have a small stall and try out some of my ideas on the public. This was the first time I had ever shown any work, so to try and sell it as well was quite nerve wracking. However the response was great – I was really encouraged and haven’t stopped making since.
This year, I decided to try a bigger stall. at 5m x 3m. Building a stall this big and having the work to fill it was a challenge, but thankfully the risk paid off! The weekend was a huge success.
Thank you all have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year. Here’s to more art in 2017!