Tuesday, 31 August 2010
Wednesday, 25 August 2010
Made collaboratively with Lorna Jappy
This spoof Estate Agent’s window display is accompanied by a document, which aims to sell the idea of living in a croft in Badbea, a deserted clearance village 6 miles up the road, whilst, at the same time, describing what it might have been like to live in one of the most challenging clearance sites during the 1800s.
The document will be included in a publication to complement this exhibition, available from 24th September 2010 from Timespan's shop or my online gift shop www.baffie.co.uk
Keep The Fires Burning
Made collaboratively with Christine Cowie
The two gable ends, pictured in the light-boxes, were both found in Wester Helmsdale and are brilliant examples of the skill and creativity of the crofters. Virtually nothing remains of these crofts except for these vitally important fireplaces. But with these, we can imagine a glimpse of what it would have been like to live in these homes. The hearth was the focus of indoor family life, around which the whole family would spend their evenings. The crofters would never have let the fire go out. For this work I installed warming flowers and smoky grasses, in order to recreate that focus point and create a ‘memorial’ for the heart of these homes. The space in which these works are housed is the same dimension as a croft (3/4 size).
Tuesday, 24 August 2010
The other highlight for me had to be the tug of war, with local lads heaving with all their might whilst still managing to hang on to a can of tennent's and smoke a fag!
...and visitors actually spent time reading my spoof Estate Agents document rather than just quaffing the free wine and crab pate nibbles (Thank you!)...
Thursday, 19 August 2010
Monday, 16 August 2010
Saturday, 14 August 2010
Tuesday, 3 August 2010
It was my final week as Artist in Residence in Timespan last week. The next time I go up will be to install the exhibition (opens 20th August), so it was a frantic week, trying to get everything finished. I nearly managed too! Though it did mean working from 8 in the morning to midnight every day!!
I was extremely pleased with the knitting group and kids, who have been helping me make a piece of work. They've done a sterling job and managed to achieve what I thought initially to be an ambitious amount of work. 21 pairs of booties have been knitted, the exact number of children who lived in Badbea in 1841 I'm led to believe, so that's spot on. The group even met for a second time during the week to help me put together all of the knitted squares into something that resembled big stones (for the booties to be tied to so the children won't fall off the cliff!).
The piece will be called 'For your Own Good'
There's a lot of 'good's in my titles: 'One perfectly Good Bucket' and 'One perfectly Good Bedpan', I asked their opinion of this and they said 'It's all good!'