A meeting of minds

I took Lucy Robertson along to meet Gill Thompson at her exhibition opening at Talla Mara on Harris on Saturday. I could almost see sparks flying as they discussed ideas, potential collaborations, current work with people in care centres and hospitals and how intelligent technology could work to support people in personalised ways.

Gill has kindly agreed to create an ‘Artist special edition’ of a bird for our #sonicflock.

We arranged to go to Gill’s studio on Wednesday, to look at the bird panel progress for the hospital and to test some ink, which will follow on nicely from our Mill visit on Tuesday, before our dance sessions in the afternoon, where Lucy would like to look at the potential for linking movement to technology to further support people.

This coming week, we are also moving forward with our Cuimhne Symposium planning and our contracts for the team working over the next two years. A busy week ahead!

An afternoon in Harris

Our wonderful Duncan (Barra Boy) was in the area today, so I took the opportunity to drop the new Transport Memory Box to him and some kits. We met for lunch and I introduced him to Lucy, our fantastic PhD student.

We went to Harris House to showcase the Intelligent Textiles and to the charity shop, and Harris Tweed shop to collect wool, Tweed scraps and needles for our #sonicflock .

We also planned a trip around the tweed mills for Tuesday.

Scalpay Mondays

This Monday saw the second Scalpay textiles group session at the Community Hall.

Nine of us gathered to share the pieces that we had worked on over the fortnight between sessions and to meet Lucy Robertson (PhD student with Duncan of Jordanstoun, working with our Arora project) and look at her intelligent textiles designs. Some of the designs lit up, some sang waulking songs and some changed colour with the heat of hot breath or a hand. We looked at Lucy’s textile bird design and talked about making some for the Cuimhne Symposium in April.

Mhairi Law demonstrated how to mix chemicals to paint on to fabric and paper in order to create the finished cyanotype base that was already prepared last session, so that everyone has experienced the entire process. We did some more printing and shared some soup and sandwiches for lunch, along with some gluten free coconut cakes.

Mhairi is creating some kits for us all to try on our own fabrics and papers for next time. We gave out some frames for the designs that were created today and last session.

The tone this session was more exploratory and experimental, more inspired and confident. We tried printing with negatives, printing with older prepared fabric to see if that made a difference (it does, initially, the imprint does not look as though it will work but when washed, comes out just fine!). The joy of sharing each other’s work was very clear. Recycling is a strong theme and some wonderful work was brought along made from everything that would have been thrown away!

We are planning a craft fayre at the Scalpay Community Hall to co-incide with the Cuimhne Symposium in April, more news on that later.

Next session is Monday 12th March and will be led by Maggie Smith, together with Gill Thompson, printmaking Artist, who will be sharing her print making techniques – meanwhile, why not go along to the Talla Na Mara Gallery in Harris to see her exhibition, which opens on Saturday 3rd March. We will be there at the opening!

The final booked session from this block is Monday 26th March, when Chris Hammacott will be back to teach textiles but we will also be organising the craft fayre for April shortly.