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Portia Knight

Portia Knight
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The art of second glances.

I hand press seaweed, found along the northern shores of Aberdeenshire. I take this often overlooked treasure of the ocean, and using the Victorian art of seaweed pressing, bring it back to life.

My ambition is to encourage a fresh perspective on the beauty of seaweed, and to open up a broader conversation about slowing down, looking closer and appreciating what’s before us.

Seaweed is an uncommon emblem of beauty, and yet it offers a wide palette of colour, texture and form. I only use drift seaweed in my work. It's plentiful, and the sun bleaching, and scars left behind by a rough ride along the North Sea, are key to the life story of the piece.

Hunting for seaweed is a mindful activity where chance encounters meet careful selection. I have to be both open to the possibilities, and focused on what will make a successful pressing. Over time, I’ve developed an intimate knowledge of my foraging grounds, and a respectful relationship to its offerings.

The seaweed is pressed largely as found, naturally adhering to paper without the use of fixatives. The placement of seaweed is a precise practice, informed by experience and experimentation.

My pressings are a living art. On paper, the seaweed continues its evolution from growing algae, and tideline drift, slowly shifting in colour and texture over time.
1992 - BA History of Art, University of Canterbury, New Zealand

I'm a New Zealand born artist responding to my environment. My interest in seaweeding has grown from reading about its Victorian 'seaweed hunting' roots, and a growing desire to pursue creativity at my home on the Scottish coast.

I sell limited edition giclee prints of my pressings through my website, and original pressed seaweed by private arrangement.
My prints are also stocked by FOLD/The Barn Arts, Aberdeenshire, Scotland.

Website portiaknight.com
Instagram @portiaknightseaweed
Email portia@portiaknight.com
Gut Weed and Wrack
  • Portia Knight
  • Gut Weed and Wrack
  • Found Objects
Dulse and Kelp
  • Portia Knight
  • Dulse and Kelp
  • Found Objects
Beautiful Fan Weed
  • Portia Knight
  • Beautiful Fan Weed
  • Found Objects
Red Rags
  • Portia Knight
  • Red Rags
  • Found Objects
Cock's Comb
  • Portia Knight
  • Cock's Comb
  • Found Objects
Sea Beech
  • Portia Knight
  • Sea Beech
  • Found Objects
Sugar Kelp
  • Portia Knight
  • Sugar Kelp
  • Found Objects
Dulse
  • Portia Knight
  • Dulse
  • Found Objects

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