My new home for the next 3 weeks.
I have to move house, after a workshop this morning in Nesting School, then packing and tomorrow I go to the Booth at Scalloway. It is a bit disruptive to pack everything up again however I am in a way happy to have this change to have a place so close to the sea and to now focus my time and energies on the artwork and the proposals. Up to this point I feel that I have seen, heard, met, read so much, absorbed a huge amount of information, yet have not really had the time to process it.
Huge sleety hailstones the size of large peas coming over in squalls, covering the ground within seconds, this is 3pm in the afternoon, dark, not really getting light, in between bright sunny breaks in the cloud. Walked to the top of the hill behind the house, bad timing, got caught in a sudden squall right at the top, winds gusting and hailstones painfully hitting your face, Ravi the dog trying to hide from them behind me, I had to hold onto fence posts to stay upright, took shelter behind a grassy bank while it passed.
All the herring stations at Lerwick in the early part of the 20th century.
Drawing workshop with the 1st year BA textiles students at Shetland college, looking at structures and drawing from fishing objects.
Map showing all the ferry connections between the islands. We had a very enjoyable workshop today with 7 children from all the remote isles schools, 1 from Out Skerries, 1 from Foula, 2 from Fetlar, 3 from Fair Isle. The workshop was in Lerwick, Shetland Mainland, the children stay over for a few days and attend a sports day as well, these meetings happen 2 or 3 times a year. Growing up in London I find it fascinating to imagine what it must be like to experience early life in these remote environments, it is just what they know. They were a great group and very productive, interestingly they all made boat structures maybe because so much of their lives involves boats.