Let me breathe - cyanotype

let me breathe

On listening to Kate Bush’s Breathing … We inhale oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide.  Trees inhale carbon dioxide and exhale oxygen. Plant more trees. Varied edition: 4 prints 13 x 8 cm £30 “In nature nothing exists alone.” -rachel carson

quote

“I know about me.  I am the moon’s sister, a tidal child stranded on land. The sea always in my ear, a surf of eternal discontent in my blood.” -keri hulme

the weight of memory - mixed media

the weight of memory

The archaeological record is the body of physical evidence of human prehistory and history.  Evidence can easily be destroyed by natural catastrophes or human activity, such as land development, war, tourism or even inexpert archaeological investagtions. Online databases of field notes and photographic images are a crucial repository of knowledge about human civilisations. This image…

the new world has old stories - mixed media

the new world has old stories

Petroglyphs are found in limestone caves and shelters in the South Island of New Zealand.  They are thought to date from the 15th century, New Zealand’s ‘Moa Hunter’ period. Mixed media To understand and reconnect with our stories, the stories of the ancestors, is to build our identities. -frank delaney

mark rothko quote

It is a widely accepted notion among painters that it does not matter what one paints as long as it is well painted. This is the essence of academism. There is no such thing as good painting about nothing. -mark rothko

James Cook V - mixed media

james cook v

Captain James Cook (1728-1779) was a British explorer who achieved the first recorded European contact with the eastern coastline of Australia and the Hawaiian Islands, and the first recorded circumnavigation of New Zealand.  Cook became commander of HM Bark Endeavour in 1766 for the first of three Pacific voyages, sailing thousands of miles across largely…

waimakariri iii - linocut

waimakariri iii

The snow-fed Waimakariri river flows about 150 kilometres from the Southern Alps to the Pacific Ocean across the Canterbury Plains, and is braided with wide shingle beds for much of its length. Linocut Image size: 20×20 cm Edition: 20 No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and…

Sic itur ad astra - screenprint

sic itur ad astra

At 3,724 metres, Aoraki/Mount Cook is the highest mountain in New Zealand.  It lies in the Southern Alps, in the Canterbury region. Edmund Hillary no doubt acquired some technical skills on Aoraki/Mount Cook before attempting Everest ….  such is the way to the stars, or immortality. Screenprint 18x18cm Varied edition: 30 $150 It is not…

merino vi - screenprint

merino vi

The Merino is originally from Spain, where the economic value of its soft, fine wool was so high that the penalty for exporting the sheep was death. The Merino was first brought to New Zealand in large numbers by European colonists in the 19th century. Screenprint 15x15cm Edition : 3 $90 In order to be…

merino v - screenprint

merino v

The Merino is originally from Spain, where the economic value of its soft, fine wool was so high that the penalty for exporting the sheep was death. The Merino was first brought to New Zealand in large numbers by European colonists in the 19th century. Screenprint 15x15cm Varied edition : 24 $90 In order to…

merino iv - screenprint

merino iv

The Merino is originally from Spain, where the economic value of its soft, fine wool was so high that the penalty for exporting the sheep was death. The Merino was first brought to New Zealand in large numbers by European colonists in the 19th century. Screenprint 15x15cm Varied edition : 24 $90 In order to…

merino iii screenprint

merino iii

The Merino is originally from Spain, where the economic value of its soft, fine wool was so high that the penalty for exporting the sheep was death. The Merino was first brought to New Zealand in large numbers by European colonists in the 19th century. Screenprint 15x15cm Edition: 12 $90 In order to be an…

merino ii - screenprint

merino ii

The Merino is originally from Spain, where the economic value of its soft, fine wool was so high that the penalty for exporting the sheep was death. The Merino was first brought to New Zealand in large numbers by European colonists in the 19th century. Screenprint 15x15cm Varied edition : 18 $90 In order to…

merino i - screenprint

merino i

The Merino is originally from Spain, where the economic value of its soft, fine wool was so high that the penalty for exporting the sheep was death.  The Merino was first brought to New Zealand in large numbers by European colonists in the 19th century. Screenprint 15x15cm Edition: 5 $90 In order to be an…

peter time - digital collage

peter time

Lost in work. Digital collage Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep…

A critical juncture - digital collage

a critical juncture

A common pastime at my primary school was collecting and swapping scraps – die-cut paper images.  Scraps were stored between the pages of a book, either individually or in a set, a collection of a single image in various sizes.  At playtime, collectors would swap scrap books and thumb through the pages, poking scraps of…

starry messenger - digital collage

starry messenger

A common pastime at my primary school was collecting and swapping scraps – die-cut paper images.  Scraps were stored between the pages of a book, either individually or in a set, a collection of a single image in various sizes.  At playtime, collectors would swap scrap books and thumb through the pages, poking scraps of…

What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans, and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty or democracy? -mahatma gandhi

the past is a foreign country - digital collage

the past is a foreign country

A common pastime at my primary school was collecting and swapping scraps – die-cut paper images.  Scraps were stored between the pages of a book, either individually or in a set, a collection of a single image in various sizes.  At playtime, collectors would swap scrap books and thumb through the pages, poking scraps of…

Alice Strange GPS exhibition

featured artist – Glasgow Print Studio

Glasgow Print Studio Ground Floor Gallery Exhibition runs:6-30 October 2017  The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever. -jacques cousteau A house by the sea – a son with an interest in marine biology – a television documentary featuring the Challenger Expedition (1873–76) – a conversation with SAMS…

the price of knowledge - digital collage

the-price-of-knowledge

NASA built six Space Shuttles.  Enterprise was used for flight tests only.  Columbia, Challenger, Discovery, Atlantis and Endeavour were reusable low Earth orbital spacecraft, used to launch satellites, conduct science experiments in orbit and service the International Space Station.  135 missions were flown between 1981 and 2011. Challenger and Columbia were both destroyed in mission…

Buachaille - cyanotype

buachaille

Buachaille Etive Mòr is a mountain at the head of Glen Etive.   Its pyramidal shape makes it one of the most easily recognisable mountains in Scotland. Cyanotype Varied edition: 10 prints £30 Where there is matter, there is geometry. -johannes kepler

a dream of big science - cyanotype

a dream of big science

Maritime expeditions in the Age of Enlightenment were motivated mainly by scientific curiosity.  HMS Challenger set sail from Portsmouth in 1872 to investigate the natural history and geology of the ocean floor. Challenger circumnavigated the globe for three and half years, covering almost 70,000 nautical miles.  The crew dredged up thousands of samples and mapped…

expedition - cyanotype

expedition

The Challenger Expedition followed in the footsteps of many other maritime expeditions.  This image features a map from the Challenger Report, showing the routes taken by the prinicpal expeditions, from the first voyage of Captain Cook through to the Challenger Expedition. Cyanotype Varied edition: 10 prints

challenger deep cyanotype

challenger deep

Challenger Deep is the deepest known point in the Earth’s seabed hydrosphere, with a depth of about 11,000 metres.  It is found at the southern end of the Mariana Trench in the Pacific Ocean. It is named after HMS Challenger, whose crew made the first measurements of its depth.  Only four vehicles have descended into…

how worthy of honour is the sea - screenprint

how worthy of honour is the sea

The sea is our planet’s life support system, essential for providing water & food, and regulating our atmosphere and climate.  It’s at great risk from acidification, pollution and unsustainable fishing practices. Let’s save it. Screenprint Image size 28×9 cm Edition: 7 £60 Nach urramach an cuan -gaelic saying

give us this day our daily fish - screenprint

give us this day our daily fish

On reading Pablo Neruda’s “Ode to the sea” …. with a nod to an infamous British weather man. Screenprint Image size 27x9cm Edition: 12 £50 Here Surrounding the island There’s sea. But what sea? It’s always overflowing. Says yes, Then no, Then no again, And no, Says yes In blue In sea spray Raging, Says…

cantona - screenprint

cantona

For Eric Cantona, the philosopher footballer. With Oban fishing boats rather than trawlers. And mackerel, instead of sardines. But the seagulls remain …. Screenprint Image size 9×27 cm Edition: 9 £50 When the seagulls follow the trawler, it’s because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea. -eric cantona

tangerine trees & marmalade skies - screenprint

tangerine trees & marmalade skies

On listening to the Beatles …. Just another west coast sunset, featuring McCaig’sTower in Oban, and Mull Screenprint Image size 9×27 cm Varied edition: 15 £50 Picture yourself in a boat on a river With tangerine trees and marmalade skies Somebody calls you, you answer quite slowly A girl with kaleidoscope eyes -the beatles “lucy…

tangerine trees & marmalade skies - screenprint

tangerine trees & marmalade skies

On listening to the Beatles …. Just another west coast sunset, featuring McCaig’sTower in Oban, and Mull Screenprint Image size 9×27 cm Varied edition: 15 £50 Picture yourself in a boat on a river With tangerine trees and marmalade skies Somebody calls you, you answer quite slowly A girl with kaleidoscope eyes -the beatles “lucy…

in the midnight hour

Being a night owl, this is a familiar view of Oban …. McCaig’s Tower, with lace curtains. Screenprint Image size 9x27cm Edition: 6 £45 The monotony and solitude of a quiet life stimulates the creative mind. -einstein

red moon screenprint

red moon

On Monday 28 September, 2015 a spectacular “blood moon” was visible between 3-4am in Oban as a result of the simultaneous occurrence of a “supermoon” (a full moon when the moon is closest to Earth in its orbit) and a lunar eclipse (the moon passes into the shadow of Earth). This “blood moon” appears red…

have another kipper, doctor! - digital collage

have another kipper, doctor!

Because if you don’t have it for breakfast, I’ll be making it into kedgeree for dinner! Dr Finlay’s Casebook is a collection of stories about Dr Finlay, Dr Cameron and their housekeeper Janet in the fictional Scottish village of Tannochbrae in the 1920s.  The stories are based on author AJ Cronin’s own experiences as a…

dr finlay, i presume?

Dr Finlay’s Casebook is a collection of stories about Dr Finlay, Dr Cameron and their housekeeper Janet in the fictional Scottish village of Tannochbrae in the 1920s.  The stories are based on author AJ Cronin’s own experiences as a doctor.  The BBC adapted the stories for television in the 1960s, and again in the 1990s.…

dammit, janet! - digital collage

dammit, janet!

Dr Finlay’s Casebook is a collection of stories about Dr Finlay, Dr Cameron and their housekeeper Janet in the fictional Scottish village of Tannochbrae in the 1920s.  The stories are based on author AJ Cronin’s own experiences as a doctor.  The BBC adapted the stories for television in the 1960s, and again in the 1990s.…

another teacake, doctor cameron - digital collage

another teacake, doctor cameron?

Dr Finlay’s Casebook is a collection of stories about Dr Finlay, Dr Cameron and their housekeeper Janet in the fictional Scottish village of Tannochbrae in the 1920s.  The stories are based on author AJ Cronin’s own experiences as a doctor.  The BBC adapted the stories for television in the 1960s, and again in the 1990s.…

the name's Finlay, Dr. Finlay - digital collage

the name’s finlay, dr finlay

Dr Finlay’s Casebook is a collection of stories about Dr Finlay, Dr Cameron and their housekeeper Janet in the fictional Scottish village of Tannochbrae in the 1920s.  The stories are based on author AJ Cronin’s own experiences as a doctor.  The BBC adapted the stories for television in the 1960s, and again in the 1990s.…

tokonoma #2 collage

tokonoma

I’m enjoying the BBC series of documentaries on Japanese culture very much. A tokonoma is a built-in recess in a traditional Japanese reception room, where special objects, usually a calligraphic or pictorial scroll and a flower arrangement, are displayed artfully.  The pillar on one side of the tokonoma is usually made of wood, specially prepared…

markers of human endeavour #1 - monoprint

markers of human endeavour

The ancient landscape of Argyll, with its many standing stones, cairns, cists, cup & ring marks, henge monuments, forts, duns & crannogs, is a testament to the effort expended by the prehistoric people of the area.  The purpose of the stones is unknown: these sites could have been built for ceremonial or commemorative reasons, or…

moon dreaming textile panel

moon dreaming

Argyll’s landscape contains many prehistoric standing stone arrangements, carved rocks, and cairns.  This textile panel considers possible links between astronomical observations and the alignment or positioning of ancient monuments, featuring a standing stone and the moon. Textile panel 20″x20″ £150