A Sea of Stitches in Gairloch
This year's run of workshops has started on a high note, with the tremendous success of the Sea of Stitches course, held in Gairloch, Wester Ross, at the end of April. Inspired by the rugged seaside location, the participants produced stunning work. Everyone left tired but happy, carrying a huge bundle of work, and determined to carry on with this expressive form of textile art. To see a selection of the work made, visit the Sea of Stitches web page.
I am intending to run this course twice in in 2017 - on the East Coast in the spring and on a return visit to Gairloch in the autumn. The dates and details have yet to be decided, but if you would like to express early interest in joining me on one of those weeks, please e-mail me with a note of interest.
Jan's Studio in Elphin is open to visitors between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on the following days:
Spring: 24th March - 10th April
Summer: 9th July - 30th August
Visit the Open Studio / Location page for more details.
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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
I have spent the winter doing a bit of research, wandering the shorelines of Sutherland and the Isle of Harris, learning about the life forms that inhabit the rocky coves, marvelling at the patterns and textures of the sea, sand and shore and absorbing the subtleties of the colours as they change with the movement of the weather conditions. And, now that spring is here, I am busy translating these experiences and observations into a series of new, large panels on the theme of the sea, all of which will be exhibited later in the year. In the meantime, however, you can still buy some of last year's work through the Online Shop, at slightly-reduced prices.
The last Christmas exhibition - Enchanted Wood - at the Macphail 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!
Now that Easter has come and gone, my work is back for sale through Ceard, a new art and craft gallery in Ullapool and also the Achiltibuie Artists gallery, which overlooks the Summer Isles. If any of you get as far as Staffin, in the north end of Skye, you'll find a few pieces on display there too.