"........Left to right: Hazel Raee, Wilma MacRuary, Janet MacClymont, Morag Henriksen. The Skye Batiks apron is on the floor......... We had fun remembering rapped knuckles and run and fell seams..........."
".... During a sewing group at the Portree library we began talking about school sewing and up to1965 or so every school in Scotland had sewing classes and made the same things to the same patterns.
These are librarian,Gillian Siwek's lapbag, pinny and Dutch apron made in Fraserburgh Central in the 60s. Her mother hoarded her work; mine didn't but we made the same in Lochcarron Primary in the 50s and Wilma MacRuary in Crown Primary ,Inverness too....."
".... My Dad was wearing this school-made apron in his garden shed in the eighties and nineties. I kept it when he died and my son likes to cook in it now. I used to use it myself until this year I indulged in a new pinny from Skye Batiks in Portree. Therssy makes cushions and pinnies from the scraps left from their trousers and tops....."
I recently met Morag who, after nearly 30yrs said:
Huge thanks to Morag Henriksen, the now retired head teacher of Uig Primary School for emailing me a selection of photos now in Skye & Lochalsh Archive Centre, Portree from
my 1st artist residency job after Uni, 1993 Isle of Skye!