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ARTISTS

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Tong Hall

Tong
HS2

Venue Information:

Shared venue with disabled access, toilets and refreshments provided.

NIKKI CRABTREE, THE CRAFTY WEAVER - Crafts

Nikki Crabtree

Nicky is the owner of The Crafty Weaver. She moved to the Isle of Lewis back in 2009, from near Bristol in the South West of England, for a change of pace in life.

 

She learnt to weave Harris Tweed having had no previous experience in any sort of weaving, but had just taught herself to knit so decided that a job using yarn would be nice - little did she know then how much her business would revolve around wool!

The colours of the Islands are a big influence for her, especially the coast and the sea, but it is such a vibrant island in all seasons there is always something to inspire her. 

After starting weaving full time, she realised that she could knit whilst sat at the loom. Using yarns left over from weaving, along with waste selvedge from the loom, her little knitted 'Sheepies' and 'Coos' appeared! Using mostly waste products from weaving Harris Tweed, she designed them as she sees animals - sheep are round and cows square - and sold them in a craft shop in Stornoway - they turned out to be a best seller. 

Nicky has a spinning wheel and loves making art yarn, plus hand dyeing yarns using the colours of the Islands as inspiration. She has recently opened an 'honesty shop' at her home in Upper Coll. 

 

Facebook: the crafty weaver         Instagram: @thecraftyweaver1        email: thecraftyweaver@gmail.com 

CLAIRE DEDMAN - Wild Isles Jewellery
Claire Dedman

Inspired, designed & produced, down by the sea…

Claire makes original and beautiful jewellery, handcrafted and inspired by the stunning landscape of the Islands.

 

She feels blessed  to live by the beaches of North Tolsta.

Being  Autistic, Claire believes this helps her with the creativity of each piece -  it also allows her to view the islands with its rugged coastlines in a slightly different light and she hopes that this  translates within each piece.

 

Wildisles.scot     Wildislesjewellery.scot

Danielle Macleod

DANIELLE MACLEOD - Mask-maker and photographer

Danielle Macleod is based in the Isle of Lewis. Working on medium format film, her photography draws on traditional Hebridean culture, local stories and her upbringing there.

 

After graduating from Glasgow School of Art in 2020, Danielle began her current practice of creating masks from natural found materials. Her photographs of her created mythical beings reconnect her with her island home in a new dimension, where landscapes become mystical and people become the keepers of mythology. She seeks to deepen our spiritual connections to the places we call home by re-imagining her own through the lens of living legends. Her work had been featured in various exhibitions across Scotland.

website: www.daniellemacleodphoto.com          instagram: danielle_mac_leod

Bronwyn Mackenzie

BRONWYN MACKENZIE - Artist

Bronwyn is a young artist from the Hebrides who is currently in her third year studying a degree in painting at Gray's School of Art. Her work looks at our relationship to landscape and our spiritual and cultural connection to sense of place, Hebridean light and time.

Bronwyn's work uses traditional processes within oil painting practices, which means that the work is made on hand built and stretched canvases and board. The work is made using natural materials e.g. rabbit skin glue, oils and waxes and some pigments found in the Hebrides. Her work looks at landscape through painting and sculpture in a way that captures the true entity of the Hebrides.

Emma Mackenzie

EMMA MACKENZIE - Textile Artist

Emma lives and works on the Isle of Lewis. 

Her images are created through a series of processes which have been adapted and learned through experimentation.  Initially she uses fabric like a canvas, hand painting or printing the landscape or seascape on to the surface.  This becomes the background image. Further to this, a textile surface is created using a process called free motion embroidery combined with fabric collage and overlay of paint.  This process is unique and yet emulates a painterly effect.

It is only on closer viewing that the delicious textures of stitch and fabric can be seen.

Emma’s work often depicts the movement of birds or water and she would like the viewer to feel as if they are almost walking through the scene.