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…

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…

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

transit textile panel

transit

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.  It features some standing stones illuminated by the movement of the sun across the sky. Textile panel 20″x20″ Sold

seven sisters textile panel

seven sisters

This textile panel considers possible links between astronomical observations and the alignment or positioning of important monuments. The panel features Pleiades (Messier 45), an open star cluster in the constellation of Taurus.  It is one of the nearest star clusters to Earth and is obvious to the naked eye in the night sky, a prominent…

sky maps textile panel

sky maps

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.  It features the Pleiades star cluster and a long line of standing stones. Textile panel 20″x20″ £100

ceremony ii textile panel

ceremony ii

Argyll’s landscape contains many prehistoric standing stone arrangements, carved rocks, and cairns.  The purpose of these monuments is not known for certain.  This textile panel considers possible links between astronomical observations and the alignment or positioning of significant monuments.  It features the Pleiades star cluster and the Kilmartin Glen linear cemetery, five cairns arranged in…

pleiades i textile panel

pleiades i

The panel features Pleiades (Messier 45), an open star cluster in the constellation of Taurus.  It is one of the nearest star clusters to Earth and is obvious to the naked eye in the night sky, a prominent sight in winter in the Northern Hemisphere.  The ten brightest stars of the Pleiades are named after…

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

Blood moon

blood moon

On Monday 28 September, a spectacular “blood moon” was visible between 3-4am 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 because while sunlight…

deeptime ii

deeptime ii

Argyll’s history is a preoccupation: my work explores what motivated the people to create the many standing stone arrangements, carved rocks, and cairns in the landscape.  This quilt considers possible links between astronomical observations and the alignment or positioning of important monuments.  It features standing stones and the Kilmartin Glen linear cemetery, five cairns –…

we have all the time in the world

we have all the time in the world?

Louis Armstrong singing “We have all the time in the world” is one of my desert island discs. “We have only 10 billion years until the supply of hydrogen in the Sun’s core is exhausted and it enters its Red Giant phase, rendering Earth uninhabitable” was probably difficult to match to a melody and definitely…

Hawking's nemesis

hawking's nemesis

The event horizon hypothesis is replaced by the apparent horizon hypothesis. Laser-cut plywood Diameter c. 40cm Sold I used to think information was destroyed in black holes.  This was my biggest blunder, or at least my biggest blunder in science.” -stephen hawking

Hawking's nemesis

hawking’s nemesis

The event horizon hypothesis is replaced by the apparent horizon hypothesis. Laser-cut plywood Diameter c. 40cm Sold I used to think information was destroyed in black holes.  This was my biggest blunder, or at least my biggest blunder in science.” -stephen hawking

observatory vi - textile panel

observatory vi

Kilmartin Glen in Argyll is one of the richest prehistoric landscapes in Scotland.  The purpose of the standing stones is uncertain. One possibility is that they were positioned to chart the movement of the sun and moon against particular landmarks. Textile panel c. 31x59cm Sold

Observatory V - Kilmartin textile panel

observatory v

Kilmartin Glen in Argyll is one of the richest prehistoric landscapes in Scotland.  The purpose of the standing stones is uncertain. One possibility is that they were positioned to chart the movement of the sun and moon against particular landmarks. The panel features specially printed fabric featuring Kilmartin cup and ring marks. Textile panel c.…

temple wood viii

temple wood viii

Temple Wood is the site of two circles. The larger circle contains thirteen stones, with evidence that there were seven others, and probably dates from around 3,000 BCE.  It’s purpose is uncertain: it is possible that the northern circle was constructed to align with the midday sun on the winter solstice.  The wood is a…

temple wood vii

temple wood vii

Temple Wood is the site of two circles. The larger circle contains thirteen stones, with evidence that there were seven others, and probably dates from around 3,000 BCE.  It’s purpose is uncertain: it is possible that the northern circle was constructed to align with the midday sun on the winter solstice.  The wood is a…

kintraw - textile panel

kintraw

Kilmartin Glen contains at least 150 prehistoric monuments, including cairns, cists, standing stones and rock carvings.  There is a four metre standing stone and two cairns at Kintraw.  The standing stone may have played a role in making precise observations of the midwinter sunset. Textile panel 49x49cm Sold

to boldly go - digital

to boldly go

The legacy of the Challenger Expedition persists: more than a century after the expedition, NASA named the Apollo 17 lunar module and a Space Shuttle after the ship, and the Voyager I spacecraft, which left Earth in 1977, is travelling into interstellar space. Digital collage Limited edition: 10 prints 36x150cm

red giant

A red giant star is a dying star in the last stages of stellar evolution. In only a few billion years, our own sun will turn into a red giant star, expand and engulf the inner planets, possibly even Earth. Screen print 30x30cm Edition:6 £100 “We have all the time in the world …” Louis…

Supermassive black hole - screenprint

supermassive black hole

A black hole is a region of spacetime where it is thought that gravity prevents anything, including light, from escaping.   A supermassive black hole is the largest type of black hole. Screenprint 30x30cm Edition:10 £100 “Black holes are where God divided by zero.” einstein

observatory iv - screenprint

observatory iv

Kilmartin Glen in Argyll is one of the richest prehistoric landscapes in Scotland.  The purpose of the standing stones is uncertain. One possibility is that they were positioned to chart the movement of the sun and moon against particular landmarks. Screenprint 11x32cm Edition: 10 £75

observatory iii

Kilmartin Glen in Argyll is one of the richest prehistoric landscapes in Scotland.  The purpose of the standing stones and cup and ring marks is uncertain. One possibility is that they were positioned to chart the movement of the sun and moon. Linocut & collage 8x25cm Edition: 10 £90

observatory ii

observatory ii

Kilmartin Glen in Argyll is one of the richest prehistoric landscapes in Scotland.  The purpose of the standing stones and cup and ring marks is uncertain. One possibility is that they were positioned to chart the movement of the sun and moon. Linocut 8x25cm Edition:10 £60

observatory i

observatory i

Kilmartin Glen in Argyll is one of the richest prehistoric landscapes in Scotland.  The purpose of the standing stones and cup and ring marks is uncertain. One possibility is that they were positioned to chart the movement of the sun and moon. Linocut & collage 8x33cm Edition: 10 £60

temple wood vi - screenprint

temple wood vi

Temple Wood is the site of two circles. The larger circle contains thirteen stones, with evidence that there were seven others, and probably dates from around 3,000 BCE.  It’s purpose is uncertain: it is possible that the northern circle was constructed to align with the mid-day sun on the winter solstice.  The wood is a…

stones viii

stones viii

Kilmartin Glen in Argyll is one of the richest prehistoric landscapes in Scotland. There are 25 sites with standing stones, many erected at least 3,500 years ago. It has been suggested that stones were placed to chart the movement of the sun, moon and stars. Textile panel 16x54cm Sold

temple wood iv & v

temple wood iv & v

Temple Wood is the site of two circles. The larger circle contains thirteen stones, with evidence that there were seven others, and probably dates from around 3,000 BCE.  Its purpose is uncertain: it is possible that the northern circle was constructed to align with the mid-day sun on the winter solstice.  The wood is a…

temple wood iv & v

temple wood iv & v

Temple Wood is the site of two circles. The larger circle contains thirteen stones, with evidence that there were seven others, and probably dates from around 3,000 BCE.  Its purpose is uncertain: it is possible that the northern circle was constructed to align with the mid-day sun on the winter solstice.  The wood is a…

temple wood iii - linocut

temple wood iii

Temple Wood is the site of two circles. The larger circle contains thirteen stones, with evidence that there were seven others, and probably dates from around 3,000 BCE.  It’s purpose is uncertain: it is possible that the northern circle was constructed to align with the mid-day sun on the winter solstice.  The wood is a…

temple wood ii - linocut

temple wood ii

Temple Wood is the site of two circles. The larger circle contains thirteen stones, with evidence that there were seven others, and probably dates from around 3,000 BCE.  It’s purpose is uncertain: it is possible that the northern circle was constructed to align with the mid-day sun on the winter solstice.  The wood is a…

temple wood i - collagraph

temple wood

Temple Wood is the site of two circles. The larger circle contains thirteen stones, with evidence that there were seven others, and probably dates from around 3,000 BCE.  Its purpose is uncertain: it is possible that the northern circle was constructed to align with the midday sun on the winter solstice. Collagraph Image size 11x40cm…

cup & ring iii - textile panel

cup & ring iii

Kilmartin Glen in Argyll is one of the richest prehistoric landscapes in Scotland.  The concentration of carved cup and ring marks on standing stones and rock outcrops is exceptional.  The meaning of these marks is unknown.  They may have represented important meeting places or astronomical data. Textile panel c. 25x45cm Varied edition: 2 Sold

cup & ring iii - textile panel

cup & ring iii

Kilmartin Glen in Argyll is one of the richest prehistoric landscapes in Scotland.  The concentration of carved cup and ring marks on standing stones and rock outcrops is exceptional.  The meaning of these marks is unknown.  They may have represented important meeting places or astronomical data. Textile panel c. 25x45cm Varied edition: 2 Sold

cup & ring ii - textile panel

cup & ring ii

Kilmartin Glen in Argyll is one of the richest prehistoric landscapes in Scotland.  The concentration of carved cup and ring marks on standing stones and rock outcrops is exceptional.  The meaning of these marks is unknown.  They may have represented important meeting places or astronomical data. Textile panel c. 25x45cm Varied edition:2 Sold

cup & ring ii - textile panel

cup & ring ii

Kilmartin Glen in Argyll is one of the richest prehistoric landscapes in Scotland.  The concentration of carved cup and ring marks on standing stones and rock outcrops is exceptional.  The meaning of these marks is unknown.  They may have represented important meeting places or astronomical data. Textile panel c. 25x45cm Varied edition:2 Sold

cup & ring i - textile panel

cup & ring i

Kilmartin Glen in Argyll is one of the richest prehistoric landscapes in Scotland.  The concentration of carved cup and ring marks on standing stones and rock outcrops is exceptional.  The meaning of these marks is unknown.  They may have represented important meeting places or astronomical data. Textile panel c. 25x45cm Varied edition: 2 Sold

cup & ring i - textile panel

cup & ring i

Kilmartin Glen in Argyll is one of the richest prehistoric landscapes in Scotland.  The concentration of carved cup and ring marks on standing stones and rock outcrops is exceptional.  The meaning of these marks is unknown.  They may have represented important meeting places or astronomical data. Textile panel c. 25x45cm Varied edition: 2 Sold