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Emma Mackenzie Textiles

Textile Arts

Artist Statement

Island life began at the age of 14, on a wild night in November. Ensconced in the old family land rover, we arrived in Tarbert and proceeded to Pairc on the East side of Lewis. Following what was then a single track road, we arrived at our wee cottage to embark upon our Hebridean adventure. Echoes of home in Cornwall, in the landscape. Our introduction to life in the remote wilds of Scotland. A new experience, never forgotten.
As with most teenagers and coming of age, the aim was a spreading of wings and a return to the mainland to study. Falmouth Art College fulfilled this ambition, leaving having attained a degree in ceramics. However, found the incredible island way of life, the vast skies, turquoise waters and wild hills an inexorable draw and so returned to the islands to bring up my family in this very special place.
Surrounded by inspiration, atmosphere, wildness and enjoying outdoor activities, kayaking, hillwalking, camping, found myself lured into a world full of art and artists, and through the support of a group of amazing women, I began to experiment with textiles and learned to process fleece, spin yarn and dye the results. My work is inspired by walks in the landscape, kayaking in the pristine seas, notes taken and sketches made during meanderings, in all weathers and seasons, go to create original pieces from which limited edition fabric prints are made, and greetings cards. All of which are available from various outlets in the islands, including Empty House traders in Stornoway and Café on the Edge in Aird Uig. During the tourist season they may also be found at the Town Hall bazaars in Stornoway, and the Community Centre Fairs in Tarbert.

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