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

My roots. 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 Kilmartin Glen cup & ring marks and DNA. Textile panel 20″x20″ Sold

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 & paua shell 20″x20″ $180

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 & paua shell 20″x20″ $180

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″

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

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

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…

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 –…

textiles

I create textile panels & quilts using various techniques – hand or machine quilting, appliqué, embellishment with objects, over-printed.  I use both commercially available fabric, mostly batiks, and and my own digitally-printed fabrics. My fabric designs are available to buy from Spoonflower

The Catch, Oban - Esplanade installation

the catch

Celebrating oceanography in Oban as part of the Festival of the Sea, run by the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS), one of the oldest oceanographic organisations in the world. I made nearly 900 fish.  Thanks to all the elves who contributed to the installation by making and hanging additional fish, and especially to Lindsay…

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…

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…

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…