"......It features examples of all six resident artists’ work, with skills ranging from music, storytelling and poetry to painting, drawing, sculpture and textile art, and will include a live performance. This promises to be an exciting residency....."
I made new artwork for this initial exhibition to connect it to place, with a focus on Inverewe Gardens and surrounding area through wrap aprons worn by local women seen in photos which are in Gairloch Heritage Museum archives, Lairg Local History Society Archive and lichens which have all been recorded as growing in Inverewe Botanical Gardens - many of which were once used as a dye. My series of botanical style pen illustrations developed into a fabric print of 'crottle' a term used to describe the lichens onces used as a dye. I made a traditional style wrap apron with new fabric. I also made a series of crottle spoons - inspired by the tools once used to scrape lichens off the rocks. These new works combine the work activity with the tools used and protective clothing worn when using crottle to dye wool.
We will be resident at Inverewe, staying in Inverewe House, for blocks of time throughout the year to be inspired, collaborate and experiment. Our residency will culminate in an exhibition, again in the Sawyer Art Gallery (14th Sept - 31st October).
Click here for the what's on 2019 programme at Inverewe.