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…

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

stone voices - textile panel

stone voices

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 cup & ring mark fabric designed & printed specially for this work. Textile panel 20″x20″ £150

the birth of scotland i - textile panel

the birth of scotland

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

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, but they were likely to be associated with important ceremonies. Textile panel 20″x20″ £150

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

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″ £150

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

quartet - textile panel

quartet

Kilmartin Glen is one of the richest ancient landscapes in Scotland, with many standing stones.  Here are four of them, inspired by the Ballymeanoch stones. Textile panel c. 71x28cm £150

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

look closer - textile panel

look closer

Archaeologists spend many hours closely examining excavated sites, analysing fragments 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 fabric printed with text and images from Kilmartin: An Inventory of the Monuments, extracted from Argyll Volume 6, a publication…

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…

traces - textile panel

traces

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 with shells 35x65cm £120

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 Sold

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…

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

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

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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…

Strata V - kilmartin textile panel

strata v

During an archaeological excavation, the locations of artefacts and land features are analysed to enable the archaeologist to deduce which were probably used together, and which may be from different phases of activity. This panel was inspired by three days spent on an archaeological dig at Dun Mhuirich in Argyll, and features fabric printed with…

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…

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…

ancestors iii - screenprint

ancestors iii

The human genome is the complete set of human genetic information, stored as deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) sequences within the 23 chromosome pairs of the cell nucleus, and in a small DNA molecule within the mitochondrion.  The haploid human genome (contained in egg and sperm cells) consists of three billion DNA base pairs.  Genetic information is…

ancestors ii - screenprint

ancestors ii

The human genome is the complete set of human genetic information, stored as deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) sequences within the 23 chromosome pairs of the cell nucleus, and in a small DNA molecule within the mitochondrion.  The haploid human genome (contained in egg and sperm cells) consists of three billion DNA base pairs.  Genetic information is…

linear ixi - textile panel

linear xi

Kilmartin Glen contains at least 150 prehistoric monuments, including cairns, cists, standing stones and rock carvings.  An important feature is the linear cemetery, five cairns – Glebe, Nether Largie North, Nether Largie Mid, Nether Largie South & Ri Cruin – arranged in a three mile line. Textile panel 97x150cm Sold

the hunt for lost things - textile panel

the hunt for lost things

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. Textile panel Sold

linear x - textile panel

linear x

Kilmartin Glen contains at least 150 prehistoric monuments, including cairns, cists, standing stones and rock carvings.  An important feature is the linear cemetery, five cairns – Glebe, Nether Largie North, Nether Largie Mid, Nether Largie South & Ri Cruin – arranged in a three mile line. Textile panel 57x74cm Sold

linear ix - textile panel

linear ix

Kilmartin Glen contains at least 150 prehistoric monuments, including cairns, cists, standing stones and rock carvings.  An important feature is the linear cemetery, five cairns – Glebe, Nether Largie North, Nether Largie Mid, Nether Largie South & Ri Cruin – arranged in a three mile line. Textile panel 74x64cm £100

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

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