Wednesday, 29 September 2010
Exciting times! My Field Trip box is the inspiration for a major part of the Field Studies project. The idea is that participants have their own Field Trip box, to fill how they like. These will then be shown in the exhibition, displaying a creative geology of Northern Scotland. Members of the Timespan organisation - the Board, Committee members, staff and volunteers - and various communities that we have been working with, are seen collecting their boxes.
Friday, 24 September 2010
Monday, 20 September 2010
Saturday, 18 September 2010
Thursday, 16 September 2010
Tuesday, 14 September 2010
Saturday, 11 September 2010
Friday, 3 September 2010
Here is a wee image of all of the works in my exhibition Close-Knit. It runs until October 10th so please go and see the works in the flesh if you can.
If you'd like to know more about each piece, please click on the link below the image for more photos and information.
The Old Chanty
The knitted bedpan is designed in the style of one that would have been used by an old or sick man who had taken to his bed. A little worse for wear and bearing the scars of its life, not functioning quite as well as it once would have, but still loved and cared for.
One Perfectly Good Bucket
I found this bucket in one of the croft ruins in Wester Helmsdale. It had no bottom on it and a big hole in the side. The crofters were (and still are) extremely resourceful and frugal, and would mend what they could before replacing it. This bucket would have been a vital piece of equipment, so I mended it by weaving it a new bottom and wrapping the hole at the side with string. It's now a perfectly good bucket again...for everything except liquid!...and is valued once more, transformed from the rejected to the treasured.
If you'd like to see what this bucket looked like when I found it and how the work was created, please read this earlier blog.
For Your Own Good
I made this work with the help of some children from the local primary children and the knitting group, who meet weekly in Timespan.
The knitted installation is inspired by Badbea, a deserted clearance village 6 miles up the road from Helmsdale. Though Badbea is a dramatically stunning spot, it is windswept, rocky and desperately near an extremely high cliff edge. It is said that the families were so nervous their children would accidentally fall of the cliff, they tethered them to posts and rocks while they were out playing.
For Your Own Good was created by myself and:
Emilee Mae Simpson
Ina D.S. Macpherson