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″

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…

london transport woodcut

london transport

Transportation of convicts from London to Australia provided a solution to prison overcrowding and established a British colony. This had a devastating effect on the life of indigenous Australians.  The woodcut draws on the style and iconography of Australian artists to depict the departure point for transports. The Thames snakes from Tower Bridge in the…