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There is a sense of community here, a spirit that is hard to pin down, but I think it springs from the natural beauty of the landscape, the seascapes, the wildlife and is felt in the warm, innovative, hard working and resilient nature of the people who live here.
My designs are inspired by the natural wonders that catch my attention whilst out and about on Arran: pebbles on the beach or just under the tide; lichen clinging to a rock; the intricate forms and colours of fungus on a tree; the vibrancy and striking shapes of ferns; patterns formed in the sand; the diverse wildlife and many other little treasurers.
I use digital photography to capture these moments and they shape a small, slowly evolving, range of scarves, pictures, greetings cards and home furnishings.
The hand woven designs I craft incorporate yarn I have hand spun. With the environment and sustainability in mind I favour sourcing the fibres (fleeces) of locally owned sheep and alpacas.
Digitally printed textiles are produced by the fabulous team at the Glasgow School of Art, Centre for Advanced Textiles onto a variety fabrics (different weights and finishes of silk, wool, cotton and linen).
Printing of pictures and greetings cards is expertly undertaken just across the Shiskine Valley by Andy Gray Digital.
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