Laid Fibre Gallery
Aspects of Flidais
Flidais is a Celtic Goddess who represents both the domestic and wild nature of women. She appears in ancient myth as an Earth Mother. Modern Celtic Pagans consider her to be the Lady of the Forest and protector of trees and animals. Deer and cattle are her sacred animals and, as a shape-shifter, she was able to transform herself into a Deer. She represents the cycle of growth and rebirth and reminds us of the need to embrace all aspects of our roles as women. To embrace the domestic and nurturing sides of our feminine being and also to celebrate sensuality and achieve empowerment over our own sexuality. This allows us to find balance within our lives and leads us to delve deeper into our creativity.
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I wanted to somehow convey the message of positive body/mental image in peri/post menopausal woman.
It is a time in a woman’s life where many customs and cultures believe a woman is at her most powerful. She is no longer boxed in by the expectations of society about her stage of life or the limitations and stigma of the menstrual cycle. She has learned and experienced many things and has gained the wisdom that comes with age. In many cultures a woman at this stage of her life is revered and becomes aware of the mysteries of the universe. My piece celebrates this stage of a woman’s life and I hope it shows the beauty and wisdom that comes with this progression on the cycle of life.
Vortex is a laid fibre piece of a tornado that passed through Colorado USA in 2016. The original image I used to create this painting was captured near the Colorado town of Wray by Tori Jane Ostberg of Jane Photoworks who kindly granted me permission to use her image.
Embrace of Thalassa
On a winters night footsteps in the snow hold hidden promise. Who made those footsteps, where were they going, who did they see? Or maybe a loved one who has passed has made the journey, drawn by the light in the window to silently visit one more time.
The original artwork is not for sale. Prints & cards are available in the shop
As a child you become aware of the wider world around you and so your journey begins. Your hopes and dreams for the future are awakened and the story of your life opens its first chapter and, like an emerging seed, seeks the light of the world beyond.
Kaleidoscope is about those people whose journey has taken them apart from society. They live at the very centre of the Kaleidoscope of colours and lights of our towns and cities yet they are not part of it just existing in the never ending swirl of colour.
Wet/Needle Felt Gallery
My intention with this piece is to highlight the issue of the increase in wildfires particularly where I live in Scotland. It addresses the wider issue of climate change but I also wanted to highlight the responsibility we all have to think about our actions and that a small mistake can lead to huge consequences.
Cernunnos is a follow up to my Laid Fibre painting Flidais. Cernunnos is a Celtic God who is often portrayed as a stag. He represents fertility and life and, like Flidais, is a protector of animals and the forest. He reflects the cycles of the seasons and, as such, the cycle of life, death and rebirth.
When I created the picture of Flidais I spoke about finding balance. Creating Cernunnos has allowed me to find that balance and celebrate the masculine aspect of the stag so balancing the masculine and feminine sides that we all have within ourselves.
Off the Hook
I grew up at the mouth of the River Tweed and walked daily along the banks of the river with my Gran as a child. Salmon fishing is a huge part of the culture and history of that area although it has fallen into decline over the years due to falling fish stocks. This picture was inspired by my childhood memories of watching the fishermen and my photography of the river as an adult when I walked along it's banks with our own children.+
Touch is a wet/needle felt piece. I hope people looking at this will consider the lives those hands have touched in their journey through life.
Have they cherished or abused, nurtured life or taken it, guided or forced. How has their Touch forged the journey of others.
Natural Beauty vs Disposable Society
A seascape to raise awareness of plastic pollution on the beautiful beaches of the Outer Hebrides. A Wet felted background with needle felted detail. The houses are made from silk carrier rods. Hand embroidered French knots for the ocean spray. All the plastic pollution was embroidered on cotton then cut out and stitched onto the painting with felt padding inside each piece to make it more 3D. This was a beach where I used to live and all the pollution on the beach was from photographs I took of the rubbish there.
The Ancient One
The ancient wolf sits in the forest. This is his domain, he knows every tree & path. He has the wisdom of age and the knowledge of his pack & ancestors running through his veins. Spring approaches though and the nights are getting shorter. His time in this world is drawing to a close. Soon the world will be bathed in summers sun and his place is in the shadows. It is time now for him to return to his realm. Summer will come and go and, once again, the night will cloak the earth in a velvet caress. The Ancient One will return to the forest, once again ruler of his domain.
The Holly King and the Watcher
In the twilight of his time , before the Oak King reclaims his throne, the Holly King watches over the creatures of the forest. Keeping them safe in the harsh winter. The land may be frozen but beauty can be found everywhere. The snow blankets the earth in its pristine cloak of white. The holly and the berries adorn the trees and the Aurora lights up the Northern sky. The fox sleeps safe in winters embrace and the snowy owl silently watches.
He soars high in the sky on silent wings. His world exists high above our lives. He spreads his beautiful wings and glides effortlessly on mysterious, unseen currents of air. He lives in a world we cannot see but our world is a patchwork quilt to him and he sees everything from his place up high.
Beyond the Cover
Beyond the Cover is a portrait of our boys but it is also dedicated to everyone with Hidden Disabilities. Our boys have Autism, Tourette’s Syndrome and ADHD and our youngest has Scoliosis. His spine is fused with metal rods and bolts. None of these things can be seen but they all impact on their lives and sometimes cause them to behave in a way others might find unusual. I hope this piece will remind people not to make assumptions but to look Beyond the Cover and see the story inside.
Whispers of Nature
Everywhere has its magical places sometimes we just need to find them. This is one such place. Near the center of a busy town is this little piece of tranquility. A place to study nature. To write journals and draw pictures of leaves using the tree as a desk. A place to take a flask of hot chocolate & sausage rolls fresh from the oven and eat them while waiting for the moon to rise. Homemade bird feeders adorn the trees nearby and seeds are carried by the river on their way to new beginnings downstream. It is a place to find peace in our busy, hectic lives and to just enjoy nature and the changing seasons. A place to take a breath and step away from the pressures of today's society and enjoy the gentle pleasures that nature can provide.
"He stands on the edge of the Atlantic where he has stood for thousands of years. He remembers long ago when man placed him there and in his distant memory he wonders why. He has seen the seasons change and the years pass endlessly. How many hands have touched him during that time. He has seen people laugh and play before him, seen people marvel at his age and the scenery around him. He has been visited by thousands of years of humanity and he has become part of their story as they become part of his. He embraces humanity within his story, paying no notice to race, religion, age, gender, sexuality or any other labels peculiar to the human race. To him the story continues and memories entwine throughout eternity".
Prints & cards are available in the shop.
Bringer of Light
Bringer of Light was a commission - The original photograph was taken by the customer. It is wet/needle felted with hand embroidery detail on the body. The wings are made from handmade silk paper that were then stitched to the piece.
Prints & cards are available in the shop.
Jabo was a commission for a customer in France. He is the customers dog. It is a wet/needle felted piece. The leaves were and embroidered using stump work embroidery and then stitched onto the piece.
Prints & cards available on request.