BROADBAY TRAIL

ARTISTS

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Tong Hall

Tong
HS2

Venue Information:

Shared venue with disabled access, toilets and refreshments provided.

SHARED VENUE - TONG HALL
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NIKKI CRABTREE, THE CRAFTY WEAVER - Crafts

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 

 
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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

 
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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.

 
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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.

 
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LESLEY MCKENZIE - Artist

Originally from Falkirk, Lesley has lived in the Broadbay area for 16 years and She loves walking, especially along the shoreline, and when feeling brave, will get in to the water, summer and winter. 

Lesley enjoys the wide open spaces, the massive dramatic skies, the breath taking contrasts in light and even the wild weather.  

She finds that painting frees her mind, and can lose all sense of time as she works.

A commendation at the Grinneas Art Exhibition at An Lanntair in 2019, for ‘a strong sense of place and atmosphere’ provided the encouragement to believe that her art is something others might enjoy.

A mum of two children, one with a chronic health condition, I also work as a psychodynamic counsellor, so my art provides me with that all important restoration time.

 
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HEATHER AND JOHN TAYLOR, PICKLEBERRY STUDIOS - Crafts

Heather and John, originally from Merseyside, purchased a property on Lewis in 2012 and set about converting the outbuilding into a studio and workshop.

Heather creates a beautiful range of accessories and homeware adding exquisite embroidery designs using her Brother embroidery machines. Her inspiration is often drawn from the vibrant colours of the island landscape and seas.

John has always been interested in all things hi-tech and currently has a laser cutter and a CNC engraver/cutter in his workshop.

He is able to create carved or laser etched chopping boards , coasters , signs and  decorations from wood , slate or acrylic.

Check out our Honesty Box Shop outside the studio in Flesherin, Point, HS2 0HE

www.pickleberrystudios.co.uk

pickleberrystudios@gmail.com

Follow us on Facebook : Pickleberry Studios and Instagram:  @pickleberrystudios

 
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RALPH TONGE - Photographer

Ralph Tonge is a photographer, based in North Tolsta on the east coast of the Isle of Lewis where he has lived for the past couple of years.

He has been using a camera since he was 8 years old, but has been creatively most active during the last three or four years.  His passion for photography had always been there, but needed a nudge to unlock the possibilities of the modern camera.

He is primarily a landscape photographer, although living on the Isle of Lewis, it would be very strange if he didn’t enjoy taking photos of the landscape.  He visits locations on many occasions rather than just a one-off visit, looking for the unexpected in the familiar, changed lighting, clouds, rocks, sand, waves, colours, and usually finds it.

He is also working in event photography, product photography, and enjoys a photographic challenge.

He uses exclusively Sony cameras and lenses, and can often be seen lugging his gear around the island at sunrise, searching for the elusive frozen moment of Hebridean magic you can see in his work.

 
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IAN WILSON - Photographer

Born in Edinburgh but brought up in England , Ian has always considered himself as having a Scottish heritage.

His early interest in photography was nurtured on a Kodak box brownie, recording family on high days and holidays. It was only later that his photographic interests turned to landscape and architectural photography which is what he concentrates on now. That doesn't mean, however, that he excludes other genres such as portraiture, etc.

When starting out on photography it was all analogue (i.e. celluloid film etc.) It was many years later that  digital photography was introduced and became affordable and practical.

Contrary to popular belief, digital photography did not entirely take over from the old analogue cameras and, despite many changes, analogue photography, it is alive and well. There are still plenty of practitioners out there, professionals and amateurs alike.

Ian concentrates on black & white analogue photography and only occasionally uses digital. He considers himself to be an enthusiastic amateur, having worked full time locally until retirement.