Will you help us make a sonic flock of birds?

On the 23rd and 24th of April 2018 our Cuimhne Memory Symposium will take place at An Lanntair. Tickets available now!

As part of the symposium there will be a 2 week long exhibition showcasing the artists we have been working with in An Lanntair and we want YOU to be part of it by making a bird for our #sonicflock

Over the past three years of the project we have met many people and heard lots of stories and history. Among these stories have been ones of birds from the island and beyond. We want to bring some of these stories to life and bring the outside in by making a flock of textile birds to be displayed together in An Lanntair. Birds have been very much part of the everyday lives of people, with Gaelic language and singing having roots in birdsong and because of the outdoor, crofting life that many people have lived.

These birds will then be sent out to those we have worked with over the project so far including those in care homes, living alone and those living with dementia.

How can you get involved? 

We would love for you to choose a pattern (or two) and make a bird for the exhibition to be sent out afterwards. Please return your completed birds to An Lanntair by Friday 13th April, although the sooner, the better! If you live off the island, you can post your bird to: Arora Project, An Lanntair, Kenneth Street, Stornoway, Western Isles, Scotland HS1 2DS.

We have a few patterns for knitted birds (with grateful thanks to Nicky Fijalkowska,  Search Press and Gina MacDonald) and one for sewn (with grateful thanks for Lucy Robertson). You can use any materials that you have and personalise the birds any way you would like, the more eccentric the better!

Some of these birds will then be adapted to include the sound of bird song creating a #sonicflock of birds. This will be done by our PhD Intern Lucy Robertson who is currently undertaking a Sonic Textiles for Wellbeing PhD at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design.

After the Cuimhne Symposium, the birds will be donated to the people who have participated in the Arora Project.

Sewn Bird Pattern 

#SonicFlock: (click the words #SonicFlock to load a PDF version of the pattern)


Please print this on A4 paper or bigger.

Knitted Bird Patterns

Robin from Nicky Fijalkowska’s book ‘Knitted Birds’

Lapwing from Nicky Fijalkowska’s book ‘Knitted Birds’

Basic bird pattern This Pattern is  from Search Press Book, Arne & Carlos ‘Field Guide to Knitted Birds’  supplied by Gina MacDonald 

Printed versions of these are available (From Monday 5th March) in An Lanntair cafe along with kits and materials to help you join in.

We would love to see your birds – send your images to us…

by email: Paula@lanntair.com
By using @AnLanntair or @dfclanntair on Twitter or on Facebook @aroraanlanntair
and please use the hashtag #sonicflock

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