The environment is wild and inspiring. There is an almost constant wind that is invigorating, and the land and sea views, both in detail and from a distance, open up a wealth of ideas, as well providing a grounding influence. I feel very connected to this place. My work here is to explore outdoor installations in feltmaking. Everywhere I look, I can imagine a feltwork that could respond to that space, some small and intimate, and others large and public. The greatest difficulty will be to create work that can be installed securely in relation to the winds here.
The booth is in the ancient capital of Shetland, Scalloway and sits right on the waters edge. The living space is upstairs, with big doors creating a constant visual connection to the changing weather conditions. The studio space is downstairs, which I spent one day this week cleaning up and re-arranging to make it work best as a felting space for large felt pieces. Many thanks to my cousin, Martin, for helping to create the perfect felting table!
There is a little door here at the front of the studio space that opens out onto the sea. I keep it open when I can, to work alongside the elements. Everyday, as I wake up, go to sleep, as I work in the studio and catch up on computer work, I can hear the water lapping against the stone walls.