I have been working super hard on creating a website that says this is me! So please take a look, you'll find pictures of Caithness in Scotland and my inspirations for my jewellery using Caithness stone Lindsey Gallacher
Looking forward to showing my work from 28th September at Thurso Art Gallery with 7 other makers. This new collection of work I have been creating for the past few months is the first time I've used inspiration from family and my local surroundings, hopefully it will resonate with visitors to the gallery. The exhibition will then move onto Wick.
"The sea does not reward those who are to anxious, to greedy, or too impatient. To dig for treasures shows not only impatience and greed, but lack of faith. Patience, patience, patience, is what the sea teaches. Patience and faith. One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach- waiting for a gift from the sea." A Gift FromThe Sea. This quote resonated with me as it wasn't until I read it that I realised that I never dig for that special something on the beach. Like I've said before, there is absolutely nothing of interest on my local beach at the foot of my garden, but once in a while something catches my eyes and the excitement of picking up a piece of glass or pottery never wanes. Usually it turns out to be either broken shell or a piece of plastic. This ring is for a new group exhibition in Thurso gallery on 23rd september 2016 then Wick afterwards. I am drawing on personal experience and this particular piece places the sea washed marble as something very s
I've been planning on making up my own scratch art board for a while so today I did. I had a great photo of my mum and auntie Evelyn playing leapfrog in the back garden when they were little and the contrast made for an excellent picture to try and recreate. There is certainly room for improvement but and have discovered something new that I love!
The new stonecutter is giving me new ideas for display as well as jewellery. I've cut the Caithness stone and specially treated it to reveal its layers. Inspiration from the fossils found at an inland quarry near Spittal resulted in a new idea for jewellery, can't wait to see what I come up with next!
This week I finally received delivery of a new Rubi stone cutting machine with the help of Highlife Highland, Creative Scotland and XpoNorth who were responsible for awarding me partial funding so that I could explore the properties of my local stone. I have spent a year developing commercial jewellery using Caithness stone which has been very well received locally, and now I want to create more contemporary, experimental work. This is my first few slices of stone from an inland quarry near my parents home.
Pottery pieces I've had for 20 years, each one of them considered and picked up because they'd caught my eye. The thing is, I have never used them and often they're put in a box but when I do find them again they instantly remind me of days out and therefore are my kind of souvenir. When we were little, our first experience of beachcombing was to find 'groatie buckies', my granny was an expert, she always had the most at the end of the day. In Caithness there are very few pieces of pottery or sea glass so anything other than shells are a real find. The pieces in the photo are from Lyndesfarne and Embo.