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

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

i felt a soul run through me - textile panel

i felt a soul run through me

I’m from Port Glasgow, but I feel at home here among the ghosts in the ancient landscape of Argyll, with its many standing stones, cairns, cists, cup & ring marks, henge monuments, forts, duns & crannogs. The panel features four (strong and stable!) standing stones and cup & ring mark fabric designed & printed specially…

the birth of scotland ii textile panel

the birth of scotland ii

The Gaelic kingdom of Dál Riata was founded in the 6th century, when Irish Gaelic raiders called the Scoti colonized Western Scotland. I designed much of the fabric used in this panel, featuring cup & ring marks and DNA. Textile panel 20″x20″ Sold

the birth of scotland i textile panel

the birth of scotland i

The Gaelic kingdom of Dál Riata was founded in the 6th century, when Irish Gaelic raiders called the Scoti colonized Western Scotland. I designed much of the fabric used in this panel, featuring cup & ring marks and DNA. Textile panel 20″x20″ £150

ceremony iv textile panel

ceremony iv

Argyll’s landscape contains many prehistoric standing stone arrangements, carved rocks, and cairns.  The purpose of these monuments is not known for certain, but they were likely to play a part in important ceremonies. Textile panel 20″x20″ £100

ceremony iii textile panel

ceremony iii

Argyll’s landscape contains many prehistoric standing stone arrangements, carved rocks, and cairns.  The purpose of these monuments is not known for certain, but they were likely to play a part in important ceremonies. Textile panel 20″x20″ £100

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″ Sold

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…

earth dreaming textile panel

earth dreaming

Argyll’s landscape contains many prehistoric standing stone arrangements, carved rocks, and cairns.  This panel features some standing stones. Textile panel 20″x20″ Sold A dream you dream alone is only a dream.  A dream you dream together is reality. -john lennon

ceremony i textile panel

ceremony i

Argyll’s landscape contains many prehistoric standing stone arrangements, carved rocks, and cairns. The purpose of these monuments is not known for certain, but they were likely to play a part in important ceremonies. Textile panel 20″x20″ £100

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.…

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

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 –…

achnabreck - cyanotype

achnabreck

There are several extensive carved rock outcrops at Achnabreck.  Some of the cup and ring markings are very large, containing up to nine rings with a diameter of almost a metre. Cyanotype c. 8x17cm £30

Time signature - Kilmartin textile panel

time signature

Kilmartin Glen is one of the richest ancient landscapes in Scotland. Sometimes you can hear those ancient hills sing …. Textile panel c. 86x61cm £270 Kuzco: So, you lied to me. Pacha: I did? Kuzco: Yeah. You said when the sun hits this ridge just right, these hills sing. Well, pal, I was dragged all…

ancient land viii

ancient land viii

Kilmartin Glen is one of the richest ancient landscapes in Scotland, with many standing stones, cairns, cists, cup & ring marks, henge monuments, forts, duns & crannogs. And I live here. Textile panel c. 30x56cm Sold

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.…

Traces - Kilmartin textile panel

traces

Archaeological excavation is a destructive process, so few sites are excavated entirely.  Information and artefacts obtained from sample pits or ditches are analysed to describe and interpret the site. This panel is inspired by three days spent on an archaeological dig at Dun Mhuirich in Argyll.  It features text from a catalogue of late neolithic…

excavation v - textile panel

excavations v

Archaeological excavation is a destructive process, so few sites are excavated entirely.  Information and artefacts obtained from sample pits or ditches are analysed to describe and interpret the site. This panel is inspired by three days spent on an archaeological dig at Dun Mhuirich in Argyll.  It features text from a catalogue of late neolithic…

Excavations IV - Kilmartin textile panel

excavations iv

Archaeological excavation is a destructive process, so few sites are excavated entirely.  Information and artefacts obtained from sample pits or ditches are analysed to describe and interpret the site. This panel is inspired by three days spent on an archaeological dig at Dun Mhuirich in Argyll.  It features text from a catalogue of late neolithic…

stone voices - textile panel

stone voices

Kilmartin Glen is one of the richest ancient landscapes in Scotland, with many standing stones, cairns, cists, cup & ring marks, henge monuments, forts, duns & crannogs.  Archaeologists and historians pore over these fragments in an attempt to reconstruct our past, construct our identity. Textile panel c. 52x64cm £150

ancient land vii - textile panel

ancient land vii

Kilmartin Glen is one of Scotland’s most important archaeological landscapes, with over 800 significant sites and monuments dating back over 5000 years. And I live here. This panel features the Kilmartin Glen linear cemetery & some standing stones. Textile panel c.27x65cm £90

upper largie

upper largie

In Kilmartin, around 3500 BC, a massive timber monument called a cursus was built on a gravel terrace at Upper Largie, the first evidence of neolithic activity there.  It consisted of two lines of parallel lengths of posts that ran for nearly 400 metres.   There are various hypotheses to explain why they were built and…

cursus iii - textile panel

cursus iii

In Kilmartin, around 3500 BC, a massive timber monument called a cursus was built on a gravel terrace at Upper Largie, the first evidence of neolithic activity there.  It consisted of two lines of parallel lengths of posts that ran for nearly 400 metres.   There are various hypotheses to explain why they were built and…

cursus ii

cursus ii

In Kilmartin, around 3500 BC, a massive timber monument called a cursus was built on a gravel terrace at Upper Largie, the first evidence of neolithic activity there.  It consisted of two lines of parallel lengths of posts that ran for nearly 400 metres.   There are various hypotheses to explain why they were built and…

eddie izzard quote

Archaeologists, you found stuff? What have you found, what have you found? Well, give us a toothbrush and ten years and we’ll tell you. -eddie izzard

cursus i - textile panel

cursus i

In Kilmartin, around 3500 BC, a massive timber monument called a cursus was built on a gravel terrace at Upper Largie, the first evidence of neolithic activity there.  It consisted of two lines of parallel lengths of posts that ran for nearly 400 metres.   There are various hypotheses to explain why they were built and…

ancient land vi

ancient land vi

Kilmartin Glen is one of Scotland’s most important archaeological landscapes, with over 800 significant sites and monuments dating back over 5000 years. And I live here. Textile panel c. 19x71cm Sold

ancient land v

ancient land v

Kilmartin Glen is one of Scotland’s most important archaeological landscapes, with over 800 significant sites and monuments dating back over 5000 years. And I live here. Textile panel c.18x65cm Sold

ancient land 04

ancient land iv

Kilmartin Glen is one of Scotland’s most important archaeological landscapes, with over 800 significant sites and monuments dating back over 5000 years. And I live here. Textile panel c. 19x71cm Sold

ancient land ii

ancient land ii

Kilmartin Glen is one of Scotland’s most important archaeological landscapes, with over 800 significant sites and monuments dating back over 5000 years. And i live here. This panel features some standing stones and the Kilmartin Glen three mile long linear cemetary – the five aligned cairns at Glebe, Nether Largie and Ri Cruin. Textile panel…

archaeology

archaeology

Archaeology is the study of human activity in the past, primarily through the recovery and analysis of the material culture and environmental data left behind.  During an archaeological excavation, the horizontal and vertical locations of artefacts and features, and the relationships between them, are recorded precisely for later analysis.  This enables the archaeologist to deduce…

Strata V - kilmartin textile panel

strata v

During an archaeological excavation, the horizontal and vertical locations of artefacts and features, and the relationships between them, are recorded precisely for later analysis.  This enables the archaeologist to deduce which artefacts and features were probably used together, and which may be from different phases of activity, if a site was occupied by a succession…

strata iv

strata iv

During an archaeological excavation, the horizontal and vertical locations of artefacts and features, and the relationships between them, are recorded precisely for later analysis.  This enables the archaeologist to deduce which artefacts and features were probably used together, and which may be from different phases of activity, if a site was occupied by a succession…

strata iii

strata iii

During an archaeological excavation, the horizontal and vertical locations of artefacts and features, and the relationships between them, are recorded precisely for later analysis.  This enables the archaeologist to deduce which artefacts and features were probably used together, and which may be from different phases of activity, if a site was occupied by a succession…