In 1999 I spent three months as Artist in Residence with Deveron Arts, based in Huntly, Aberdeenshire. There I researched the town’s historic and contemporary connection to textiles and created an exhibition of work titled ‘Threadbare’ in the Brander Museum, showing my work alongside the permanent artefacts.
During my time there I also produced a set of angels made out of scourers for the local Christmas tree and worked with P6 & P7 from Huntly Primary School to create a wallhanging.
Prayer Gloves (Progress)
George MacDonald, a 19th century writer from Huntly, had staged a production of Pilgrims Progress and Richard the Lionheart’s costume survives on display in the Brander Museum. It is constructed out of metal sequins, painstakingly sewn into a full body suit to create a chain mail effect. I wanted to create a piece that would complement it using modern materials. By using snap fasteners I was able to imply the gesture of the hands joining in prayer, referring to MacDonald’s Christianity.
Awarded the Shell Expro Award in Aberdeen Artists 2000, at Aberdeen Art Gallery.
Purchased by Deveron Arts and now on permanent display in the Brander Museum Huntly.
Photos by William Stark.
Commission for Permanent Artwork
Steel, electric fencing wire and tensioners
Dimensions: 200 x 70 x 60cm
This work was commissioned by the Sustrans National Cycle Network, created at the Scottish Sculpture Workshop and erected in Turriff, Aberdeenshire.
Agriculture is a major industry in this area so I used materials to reflect this, weaving fencing wire into the shape of a maternity dress to reflect the fertility of the local landscape.
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