Whenever city life got a little too hectic, I’d find myself shouting out… “I’m Running Away To The Outer Hebrides!” Despite knowing little about these islands, I knew they were remote enough to provide the distance and depth I needed to get reacquainted with my love of textiles.
Those islands did not fail to deliver.
Aboard a ferry bound for Hebridean shores, I saw the high hills of Harris rise up from seas of the Minch, the raw beauty of this place slowly revealing itself as I drew closer. As my journey continued, Harris gave up her secrets with every new corner turned, demanding more of my attention and time.
With patience I witnessed the passing of seasons, each one rewarding me with changes in light, as weather worked upon the land, sea and sky surrounding me. While the ancient landscape here may remain unmoving, their subtlety of colour and texture ebbs and flows as the year goes by.
This conflict grounds my work but also prompts me to question and explore the necessity and practicality of my creations. I appreciate more than ever the inspiration nature brings.
I hope to reflect this unique place, drawing upon my life here as I develop my work through the use of traditional hand-made techniques, in keeping with gentle, contemporary twists. Here, far from the noise of the city, I continue my journey, creating textiles and homewares I hope will quietly inspire you also.
Joanne - Urgha Loom Shed