We have an enduring relationship with maritime folklore. Coming from a long line of fishermen from Stonehaven, maritime culture has always had an influential part in both my life and practice. My work explores the importance in keeping Scottish folk-crafts alive and how it can be linked to identity and place.
Textile objects - especially the Gansey jumper - have a strong connection with temporal narrative. They embody a language of their own and can narrate a tale. Knitting itself is a ritual laden with symbolism. Often, a jumper is knitted by a parental figure and passed through the family’s history. It travels with the wearer narrating its life. They are a tangible connection with family but also with identity and place.
With their characteristically boxy knit, roll neck and muted tones, they are iconic items of clothing that are integrated into fishing communities. As a piece of folk-craft, they embody a language of heritage and form a close relationship with place. Each knit is exclusive to fishing ports across the British Isle with every pattern relating to an element of the fisherman who wears it. The Gansey has acted as a symbol of identity like tartan.
First-class honours Painting, Gray's School of Art 2019
2019: Knit and Purl: Maritime Tales Through Jumpers, Aberdeen Arts Centre.
2019: Grays School of Art Degree Show, Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen.
2019: Grays School of Art Pre-degree Show, St Margaret's House, Edinburgh.
2018: Lotophagi, The Coffee House, Aberdeen, Scotland.
2018: Yet to be Titled, O.T Projektraum, Berlin.
2017: Whatever Sticks, Kuku Klubi, Tallinn.
2017:All the Young Grays, Hatch, Aberdeen.
Awards and Publications
2018: BGF and EY Come Together to Celebrate Aberdeen’s Artistic talent.
2019: Art review: Gray’s School of Art Degree Show.
2019: Aberdeen Art Centre New Graduate Exhibition Award.
2018: BGF Summer Commission Award