What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans, and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty or democracy? -mahatma gandhi

the fall digital collage

the fall

Forming a strong and stable government … Based on The Fall of Man by Lucas Cranach the Younger Digital collage And the woman said, ‘The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.’ book of genesis

pantomime digital collage

pantomime

General Election shenanigans … he’s behind you. Digital collage True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us. socrates

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…

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.…

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.…

pain inflicted, suffering endured, injustice done

There were an estimated 4,000-6,000 witchcraft trials in Scotland, three times more than in England.  About three quarters of the accused were women. Scottish witchcraft trials were notable for their use of pricking: the suspect’s skin was pierced with needles and pins, as it was believed that witches could not feel pain.  Confessions were often…

paisley girl screenprint

paisley girl

In 1697, Paisley, Renfrewshire, Christian Shaw, daughter of the Laird of Bargarran, complained of being tormented by local witches.  Seven people, known as the Paisley, Bargarran or Renfrewshire witches, were found guilty of having bewitched Shaw and were condemned to death. Five of them were hanged then burned on the Gallow Green in Paisley on…

a sea of indifference #4 - cyanotype

a sea of indifference

As many as 800 migrants are feared drowned after the boat they were traveling in capsized in the Mediterranean on Sunday, 19 April, 2015.  More than 1,700 people are believed to have died this year so far on their journey across the sea to Europe.  Last year, more than 3,000 migrants died taking the trip.…

dance me to the end of love

dance me to the end of love

On listening to a Leonard Cohen love song …. On 18 September, 2014, the people of Scotland decide whether to become an independent country or to remain part of the United Kingdom. The image features the Three Graces by Raphael in the Autumn/Winter Vote Couture collection.  The Graces are the party girls of Greek mythology,…

venus as a scottish voter - Scottish referendum collage

venus as a scottish voter

Venus as a Scottish Voter, negotiating her identity through the medium of fashion. On 18 September, 2014, the people of Scotland decide whether to become an independent country or to remain part of the United Kingdom.  The image features Bouguereau’s Birth of Venus as a paper doll, with Saltire & Union flag dresses.  The print…

i never promised you a rose garden

i never promised you a rose garden

On listening to Lynn Anderson … On 18 September, 2014, the people of Scotland decide whether to become an independent country or to remain part of the United Kingdom.  The arguments rage: logic, economics & statistics pitted against feelings & emotions.  Divorce analogies are common. The image features the Treaty of Union, an agreement of…

hearts and minds

hearts & minds

On 18 September, 2014, the people of Scotland decide whether to become an independent country or to remain part of the United Kingdom.  The arguments rage: logic, economics & statistics pitted against feelings & emotions. The image features the Declaration of Arbroath, a declaration of Scottish independence made in 1320 in a letter to Pope…

hearts and minds

hearts & minds

On 18 September, 2014, the people of Scotland decide whether to become an independent country or to remain part of the United Kingdom.  The arguments rage: logic, economics & statistics pitted against feelings & emotions. The image features the Declaration of Arbroath, a declaration of Scottish independence made in 1320 in a letter to Pope…

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

Brother Columba's Travelling Salvation Show

brother columba’s travelling salvation show

In the footsteps of Columba … a missionary toolkit In 563 Columba was given land on the island of Iona, which became  his base for conversion of the Picts to Christianity. This gilded suitcase features bibles, icons, pilgrims’ shells, devotional scapulars, St Patrick & St Bridget medallions, and some bottled Catholicism: absolution, plenary indulgences, original…

Brother Columba's Travelling Salvation Show

brother columba's travelling salvation show

In the footsteps of Columba … a missionary toolkit In 563 Columba was given land on the island of Iona, which became  his base for conversion of the Picts to Christianity. This gilded suitcase features bibles, icons, pilgrims’ shells, devotional scapulars, St Patrick & St Bridget medallions, and some bottled Catholicism: absolution, plenary indulgences, original…

rachel carson quote

The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction. -rachel carson

douglas adams quote

If it looks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, we have at least to consider the possibility that we have a small aquatic bird of the family anatidae on our hands. douglas adams

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…