The last feature that has been a major influence is boat construction. Through my windows and doors, my main view across the harbour is Moore’s Boatyard. Everyday the work on the boats progresses a little more. A slow but consistent changing of the view in each day.
These wooden boats have beautiful lines of patterning.
The boats suspending in the Boat Hall at the Shetland Museum create a feeling of swimming with whales. The white boat looks almost illuminated, which led into one of the pieces I am now working on.
It is a bit of a struggle to let go of my original concepts and still feel like I am progressing with my work here and using my time here to best advantage.
It’s become very much an information/ inspiration gathering/conceptual development residency, with the new pieces as samples and leanings into what will become. I hope to return next year to fulfill the installation aspect.
By exploring and allowing these major themes to play out in my designs, the work feels right.