Sounds of the Summer Isles
Mairearad Green, the talented and award-winning musician and composer, is bringing out a new album called "Summer Isles". I am thrilled to tell you that she has used three of my poems, all written during annual retreats on Tanera, as lyrics. The album is mesmerising: each track, in turn, conjours up the history, the wildlife and the spirit of the place. The Summer Isles provided the physical backdrop to Mairearad's childhood on the nearby mainland peninsula of Achiltibuie, and this album displays both the lightness of touch and depth of knowledge only to be found in the work of someone with such a strong sense of place.
If you would like to order a copy of the album, please go to Mairearad's own website.
Buy Work Online
As the winter trundles on, my thoughts turn to selling the remainder of the work that I made last year, making physical space for the private commissions that are lining up and, hopefully, for an exciting change in subject matter for 2016. To this end, Brian has made a new page on the website - a 'for sale' gallery of the large wall-hangings made as part of recent exhibitions, but which have not yet sold. Visit the Online Shop to see what is still available, at slightly-reduced prices.
The Christmas exhibition - Enchanted Wood - at the Macpahil Centre, Ullapool was a great success with a lot of work sold. Chris and Yvonne said that the colourful work brought the place to life and are keen for us to show there again next Christmas. We were delighted to accept!
Over the winter, my work will still be for sale through Ceard, a new art and craft gallery in Ullapool. Hopefully, by Easter 2016, I will have added one or two new galleries to my list of outlets.
Last year's run of workshops ended on a high note, with the tremendous success of the Embroidered Landscapes course, held in Ullapool in late October. Inspired by the local landscape, the participants produced some stunning work. Everyone left tired but happy, and determined to carry on with this expressive form of textile art. Most still had quite a bit of hand embroidery embellishment to do when they got home, but to see some of their work at the 'almost finished' stage, have a look at the Embroidered Landscape Course page in the Course Archive section of this website.
I am not intending to run this course in 2016, but if you would like to attend this course in 2017, then please e-mail me with a note of interest.
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I am now entering my fourth year of selling embroidered textile panels - large and small - through various Highland galleries. I am delighted with the response and sales are building every month. In particular, Ceàrd - a new art and craft gallery in Ullapool - is doing a brilliant job of promoting and selling my work. They are open throughout the winter too, so do go and see their great range of work by local artists and makers.
But I am most excited to have finished a large body of work for exhibition at the Ceilidh Place, Ullapool, which ran from 23rd of August until the 3rd of October . The exhibition comprised of a series of large-format textile embroideries and was called Assynt Sutras.
And after another successful Christmas exhibition at the Macphail Centre, Ullapool, Chris and Yvonne have kindly asked me to return for their 2016 Christmas exhibition. Once more, I will be joined by David Young, who utilises the natural curves and markings to be found in the wind-blown trees from his own garden to make intricately-patterned furniture and artefacts such as mirror frames and clocks. Thankfully, we have a whole year to come up with some new ideas to delight and tempt the users of the Macphail Centre.
Next year is not so far away now and my enthusiasm for stitching is undiminished. So, my plan is to spend the winter months researching for a new theme in my textile work, focussing on the sea and shore and held together under the title of A Sea of Stitches. This work will be exhibited at the Ceilidh Place, Ullapool, in the autumn of 2016.
To see a full list of exhibitions and dates, go to Textile Exhibitions.
To find out where you can see and buy my recent work, have a look at the Stockists page.
A New Adventure into Print
All of my textile work is in response to the environment in which I live. Over the last few years, some distinct themes have started to emerge and so it has been possible to group the works together under titles such as Assynt Sutras, which is the title of the exhibition of fourteen large panels currently on display at the Ceilidh Place, Ullapool. And so I have decided to celebrate each theme by publishing a short run of a high-quality book, complete with photographs by Ricky Frew and text written by myself.
The publication is just at the development stage, but should be completed in the Spring. If you think you might be interested in buying one, please e-mail me and I will let you know when it is ready to send out.