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…

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.…

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.…

seafarers textile panel

seafarers

Scots have migrated all over the world, voluntarily or by necessity. I designed most of the fabric used in this panel, featuring the sea, fish, compasses, the shipping forecast and star maps. Textile panel 20″x20″

voyages textile panel

voyages

Scots have migrated all over the world, voluntarily or by necessity. I designed most of the fabrics used in this panel, featuring the sea, fish, compasses, the shipping forecast and star maps. Textile panel 20″x20″

the fall digital collage

the fall

Forming a strong and stable government … Based on The Fall of Man by Lucas Cranach the Younger Digital collage And the woman said, ‘The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.’ book of genesis

pantomime digital collage

pantomime

General Election shenanigans … he’s behind you. Digital collage True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us. socrates

dunollie spoons

the answer is blowin’ in the wind ….

…. but you have to ask your own questions. This installation in the Fairy Garden at Dunollie House in Oban was inspired by the wooden spoons in the house’s Hope MacDougall Collection – thousands of items from the working and domestic lives of Scottish people. I was interested in how the humble kitchen utensil became…

dunollie spoons

the answer is blowin' in the wind ….

…. but you have to ask your own questions. This installation in the Fairy Garden at Dunollie House in Oban was inspired by the wooden spoons in the house’s Hope MacDougall Collection – thousands of items from the working and domestic lives of Scottish people. I was interested in how the humble kitchen utensil became…

clearance quilt - detail

clearance

Migration from a Scottish perspective: some emigration was forced. A shift from small-scale agriculture to more profitable sheep farming by landowners during the 18th and 19th centuries forced a significant number of people from the Highlands.  These “Highland Clearances” resulted in emigration of Highlanders to the coast, the Scottish Lowlands, and further afield to North…

letter from america quilt - detail

letter from america

Migration from a Scottish perspective: some emigration was voluntary. Many Scots sought a better life, taking advantage of efforts by British Commonwealth countries to attract immigrants, such as New Zealand’s offer of £10 assisted passage to key workers between 1947 and 1975. Scottish emigrants often have a close, sentimental attachment to “home”, reflected in melancholic…

a leap of faith - quilt - detail

a leap of faith

Many migrants travel by sea.  These journeys, whether in a 19th century wooden sailing ship on the Atlantic Ocean or on a 21st century raft in the Mediterranean, were and still are often fraught with danger. I designed all of the fabrics used in this quilt, featuring the sea, fish, compasses, the shipping forecast and…

uprooted

New Zealand’s attraction as a land of economic opportunity motivated many Scots, including my own family, to journey to the far side of the globe to improve their lives. As a teenager, it was tough to start with, wrenched from family, friends and familiar places.  However, I was warmly welcomed by Kiwis, well-educated and found…

sorry business quilt

sorry business

Migration has shaped the history of both Scotland and our chosen destinations, sometimes positively, often negatively. The first Scottish settlers arrived in Australia in 1788, including three of the first six Governors of New South Wales: John Hunter, Lachlan Macquarie and Thomas Brisbane.  A steady rate of Scottish immigration continued into the 20th century. Colonialism…

constantly in a state of becoming quilt

constantly in a state of becoming

A new tartan for a changing Scotland. In 2011, the total population of Scotland was about 5.3 million.  Almost half a million of these people were born outside of the UK. This quilt features the flags of the world overlaid on traditional tartans. c. 1.6m x 2.1m “We are so much stronger for the diversity…

i am part of you - quilt - detail

i am part of you and you are part of me

We’re all related to each other, sharing the same gene pool: the differences between all 7 billion of us come down to 0.5% of our DNA. So we’re all kin, living a fragile, improbable life on a small rock in an unimaginably large universe.  Seems to me John Lennon got it right, urging us to…

peace pieces - quilts - detail

peace piece

Quilt #1: c.1.8m x 2.2m Quilt #2: c. 2.1m x 2.1m “Imagine there’s no countries – It isn’t hard to do – Nothing to kill or die for – And no religion too – Imagine all the people living life in peace…” -john lennon

Nigella no-mates

nigella no-mates

So many pressing global issues – climate change, poverty, corruption, conflict, inequality, discrimination … and the UK agonizes over whether to remain part of the European Union, created after World War II to foster unity and world peace. Incomprehensible. Digital collage 21x28cm £40 Larger sizes available to order No man is an island, Entire of…

a political landscape

Same world, different planet. So many pressing global issues – climate change, poverty, corruption, conflict, inequality, discrimination … and the UK agonizes over whether to remain part of the European Union, created after World War II to foster unity and world peace. Incomprehensible. Digital collage 22x21cm £30 Larger sizes available to order “The only thing…

the bigger picture

the bigger picture

So many pressing global issues – climate change, poverty, corruption, conflict, inequality, discrimination … and the UK agonizes over whether to remain part of the European Union, created after World War II to foster unity and world peace. Incomprehensible. We need to evolve or go the way of the dinosaurs. Digital collage 21x21cm £30 Larger…

pain inflicted, suffering endured, injustice done

There were an estimated 4,000-6,000 witchcraft trials in Scotland, three times more than in England.  About three quarters of the accused were women. Scottish witchcraft trials were notable for their use of pricking: the suspect’s skin was pierced with needles and pins, as it was believed that witches could not feel pain.  Confessions were often…

connected

connected

A memento of a wonderful evening on a boat, on Lac Léman, in June. For Nastaran and Kim. Digital collage “I never am really satisfied that I understand anything; because, understand it well as I may, my comprehension can only be an infinitesimal fraction of all I want to understand about the many connections and…

a sea of indifference #4 - cyanotype

a sea of indifference

As many as 800 migrants are feared drowned after the boat they were traveling in capsized in the Mediterranean on Sunday, 19 April, 2015.  More than 1,700 people are believed to have died this year so far on their journey across the sea to Europe.  Last year, more than 3,000 migrants died taking the trip.…

An angel at my table - cyanotype

an angel at my table

On reading Janet Frame’s autobiography … Cyanotype Varied edition; 3 prints £45 “From the first place of liquid darkness, within the second place of air and light, I set down the following record with its mixture of fact and truths and memories of truths and its direction toward the Third Place, where the starting point…

dance me to the end of love

dance me to the end of love

On listening to a Leonard Cohen love song …. On 18 September, 2014, the people of Scotland decide whether to become an independent country or to remain part of the United Kingdom. The image features the Three Graces by Raphael in the Autumn/Winter Vote Couture collection.  The Graces are the party girls of Greek mythology,…

venus as a scottish voter - Scottish referendum collage

venus as a scottish voter

Venus as a Scottish Voter, negotiating her identity through the medium of fashion. On 18 September, 2014, the people of Scotland decide whether to become an independent country or to remain part of the United Kingdom.  The image features Bouguereau’s Birth of Venus as a paper doll, with Saltire & Union flag dresses.  The print…

i never promised you a rose garden

i never promised you a rose garden

On listening to Lynn Anderson … On 18 September, 2014, the people of Scotland decide whether to become an independent country or to remain part of the United Kingdom.  The arguments rage: logic, economics & statistics pitted against feelings & emotions.  Divorce analogies are common. The image features the Treaty of Union, an agreement of…

hearts and minds

hearts & minds

On 18 September, 2014, the people of Scotland decide whether to become an independent country or to remain part of the United Kingdom.  The arguments rage: logic, economics & statistics pitted against feelings & emotions. The image features the Declaration of Arbroath, a declaration of Scottish independence made in 1320 in a letter to Pope…

hearts and minds

hearts & minds

On 18 September, 2014, the people of Scotland decide whether to become an independent country or to remain part of the United Kingdom.  The arguments rage: logic, economics & statistics pitted against feelings & emotions. The image features the Declaration of Arbroath, a declaration of Scottish independence made in 1320 in a letter to Pope…

signs of life - textile panel

signs of life

Throughout history, jewelry has been worn as a symbol of power.  This panels features sketches of jet necklace triangles and lozenges, found all over Scotland, removed from site and displayed in museums. Textile panel 26x138cm Sold