‘In it Thegither’ in 2022 is my second exhibition with my friend and colleague Alison King. During lockdown my interest in textiles proved to be my ‘saving grace’. It gave me time to develop work I already had in the pipeline and then provided me with the opportunity to move on and develop my interest in still life. I have wanted to do this for some time. The objects surrounding me in my home bring me such joy. They evoke memories and kindness, they may have been given to me by a friend or remind me of a holiday or special occasion. They add to my comfort and security. Art created for a domestic setting still has relevance and meaning for me and it is here that my textiles can play a part.
In the recent ‘edge’ exhibition members worked with the poet Gerda Stevenson. I chose the poem ‘It’s Aye Sang Wi Me’ as I do love the Scots tongue. It reminds me of my childhood; drawing inspiration from this poem I researched where and when Lady Nairne lived to create a ‘portrait’ of her.
I exhibit regularly with ‘edge-textile artists scotland’ and am an Associate Member of The Textile Study Group. I enjoy the deadlines and challenges and the friendships that belonging to a group bring.