Cyanotype Image workshop with Mhairi Law this morning at Solas

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We were so fortunate with the sunshine this morning, for the cyanotype image print workshop at Solas Day Centre in Stornoway.

Mhairi Law showed everyone examples of her work and encouraged participants to choose items to print. We created some indoors in the light box and some outside in the sunshine. The results were fantastic and I’m sure we will see some of them on the wall soon!.

Young Volunteers


Bellanne from the Volunteer Service brought four young volunteers in today. They chatted with residents at a local care home, arranged some flowers for the hallway and enjoyed a butter making masterclass from Bella. They are coming back next week to learn how to make duff and split herring by hand!

alternative process photography workshops on monday with mhairi law


Here’s Mhairi’s Stornoway Harbour albumin print as part of hers and Pat Law’s and Ian Stephen’s collaboration Eilean/Island, which ends on 25th October.

Mhairi is coming to Solas Day Centre and Harris House on Monday 26th October to offer workshops with cyanotypes. Can’t wait!


I’m starting to work with a group of young volunteers this afternoon, at a local nursing home. We are going to be baking, to make the most of the intergenerational opportunity to support young people’s career path and to teach them traditional methods of food preparation but also to support the residents with a fun and meaningful (and hopefully tasty!) experience.

We hope to involve the young volunteers in our mini concerts and events and support them with mentoring and training, plus their PVG scheme checks.

Local short HIFF film festival screening mini tour yesterday

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Yesterday’s mini tour of care settings with the Hebridean International Film Festival short film ‘The Blacksmith’ was welcomed by three settings – one day centre even wanted to watch it twice! Many recollections and stories were sparked by this, which I will be collecting.

Check out the amazing van we went in, too!

Jane Hepburn & Ian Stephen


We were treated to a beautiful session of live music from Jane Hepburn and poetry/storytelling from Ian Stephen today at An Lanntair Auditorium, all set to local image projections, which added to the mood of the occasion immensely.

Today and tomorrow

Happy Monday, everyone!

I’m looking forward to meeting with the team today, booking our South Isles trip and working on our box scheme for sharing reminiscence items across the islands with the library.

I’m also finishing the final artist contract for tomorrow’s Auditorium Session. It’s going to be emotional, with a poignant poetry reading from Ian Stephen after a beautiful set of locally inspired violin pieces from Jane Hepburn. Email me if you want to come.