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

alice strange

the fabric of society

the fabric of society: an exhibition of quilts by Alice Strange Puffin Water Adventures, Albany Terrace, George Street, Oban (Opposite the Pheonix Cinema) – 19-26 November, 2016 – 11am-5pm daily the theme: migration I made these quilts in response to the emergence of immigration as a contested issue during the EU referendum campaign, when I…

the honeycomb conjecture - cyanotype

the honeycomb conjecture

On watching Brian Cox …. Forces of Nature The honeycomb conjecture: one possible reason for the hexagonal structure of the bee’s honeycomb is efficiency – hexagonal tiling enables bees to create equal-sized cells using the least amount of material. Cyanotype Varied edition: 4 prints This image is available to buy as fabric by the yard…

blue oban iv

My favourite place in the style of my favourite crockery ….  The pagoda is replaced by McCaig’s Tower, the boat is a fishing boat, the bridge is the Connel Bridge and  the birds are seagulls, of course. Screenprint Varied edition: 6 prints Diameter: 32.5cm £150

blue oban iii - screenprint

blue oban iii

My favourite place in the style of my favourite crockery …. the dinner plate version.  The pagoda is replaced by McCaig’s Tower, the boat is a fishing boat, the bridge is the Connel Bridge and  the birds are seagulls, of course. Screenprint Varied edition: 8 prints Diameter: 40cm £120

blue oban ii - screenprint

blue oban ii

My favourite place in the style of my favourite crockery …. the pagoda is replaced by McCaig’s Tower, the boat is a fishing boat, the bridge is the Connel Bridge and  the birds are seagulls, of course. Screenprint Varied edition: 10 prints Diameter: 32.5cm £150

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…

who's that girl? sculpture

who’s that girl?

A Poltalloch woman wearing some Neolithic bling.  The unusual jet necklace was found in a cist at Poltalloch in Argyll and it is now in the National Museum of Antiquities of Scotland.  Little is known about who wore it and why.  Both the person and the necklace have left only ghostly traces in Kilmartin Glen.…

a small gallery

a small gallery

“A Small Gallery” is inspired by the pleasure I get from leafing through a collection of prints I received as a result of participating in the 20:20 Print Exchange. A selection of my prints is presented in a box which can be treated like a book: leave it on a coffee table or bookshelf and…

navigate cyanotype

navigate

Cyanotype Varied edition: 30 prints “The attention of navigators was fully taken up  with the perfecting of their science,  the development of nautical astronomy, the study of the forces which control the magnetic needle, the discovery of the longitude, the search for new lands and new routes.” -Narrative of the Cruise of HMS Challenger

because it's there - linocut

because it’s there

… one of many good reasons for climbing the hill to McCaig’s Tower in Oban.  Others include to look at the view and to visit my studio. Block print 96x88mm Varied edition: 30 prints Sold out “Because it’s there.” George Mallory, on being asked why he wanted to climb Everest

poltalloch i linocut

poltalloch i

Some Neolithic bling: the unusual jet necklace found in a cist at Poltalloch in Argyll.  Little is known about who wore it and why.  It is now in the National Museum of Antiquities of Scotland. Linocut 8x8cm Edition: 10 £20

silver flax linocut

silver flax

The New Zealand plant phormium tenax, called harakeke by Maori and flax by Europeans, presumably because of the common use of harakeke fibre in the manufacture of items such as rope and clothing. Linocut 7x7cm Edition: 20 $40

silver fern linocut

silver fern

The silver fern is widely used as a symbol by New Zealand national sports teams.  In 1991, the NZ Rugby Football Union obtained trade marks for its own fern logo, and sought to include any stylised fern in its application.   This broader application was defeated in the courts.  So here’s my silver fern print…

greywacke

Canterbury’s braided rivers transport shattered greywacke rocks from the Southern Alps over the Canterbury plains to the Pacific Ocean, transforming them into rounded boulders. Acrylic on 640gsm Fabriano paper 28x28cm Varied edition: 4

tui

The tui is an endemic passerine New Zealand bird, a member of the honeyeater family. Acrylic on 640gsm Fabriano paper 20x28cm Varied edition: 6

kea ii

kea

The kea is an endemic parrot, found in the high country of the South Island of New Zealand. Acrylic on 640gsm Fabriano paper 28x28cm Varied edition: 3