The latest issue of Island Studies Journal contains a special themed section on Island Textiles and Clothing, edited by me and including articles by Ana Nolasco (‘Designing national identity through cloth: pánu di téra of Cape Verde’), Hélène B. Ducros (‘Reclaiming islandness through cloth circulation in Madagascar')and Lynn-Sayers McHattie, Katherine Champion and Cara Broadley ('Craft, … Continue reading Island Textiles and Clothing
We're off to Unst (Shetland's most northerly island) this evening to talk with local people about knowledge exchange opportunities. The Lerwick version is tomorrow, Wednesday 10th October 2018 at Mareel, 18:30.
I'm delighted to have been awarded a Carnegie Trust Research Incentive Grant for the not-so-snappily named 'Micro-manufacturing and place-based maker cultures: textile production and skill transmission in Shetland and the west of Ireland'. The project focuses on small-scale knit textile manufacturing in Shetland and the west of Ireland. I'll be investigating how people who work … Continue reading New project on knit production and skill in Shetland and the west of Ireland
'The Centre for Rural Creativity is pleased to announce its first series of Virtual Seminars. Each seminar addresses a different aspect of social engagement in relation to topical issues facing researchers and practitioners in the creative industries. The Centre welcomes researchers, students and professionals in the arts industries to take part. For further information and … Continue reading CRC Virtual Seminar Series 2018
Delighted to see Design Roots in the flesh! I'll be getting stuck into the other chapters on the long boat and train journey to Edinburgh Yarn Festival.
January saw the first of our annual Winter School events for students on the MA Art and Social Practice. This optional residential may take place in other Highlands and Islands locations in future, but this time the students got to experience some serious Shetland winter weather! As well as social activities, we held workshops in … Continue reading Winter School for MA students
The whole MA Art and Social Practice teaching team spoke as part of a good practice showcase at a recent UHI symposium on synchronous technology. Anne Bevan (Orkney College UHI), Lindsay Blair (Moray College UHI) and Roxane Permar and myself from the CRC in Shetland presented 'A marriage made in heaven or hell? Virtual teaching and … Continue reading Teaching through synchronous technology
The New Shetlander, 'Scotland's oldest literary magazine', has a bit of everything: fiction, poetry, history, memoir, reviews, and (my personal favourite) Barbara Fraser's Da Wadder Eye column. The Yule 2017 issue has some treats, including an eerie story from Donald S. Murray, a twist in the Selkie tale by James Sinclair, and a Christine De … Continue reading The New Shetlander
ShetlandPeerieMakkers, research participants extraordinaire for us at the Centre for Rural Creativity, have been in the Shetland News, Yarnmarket News and Vogue Knitting recently. With a mixture of LEADER funding and private sponsorship, supplemented by crowdfunding, they're moving from the pilot stage of their project towards making free hand knitting tuition available to primary school-age … Continue reading ShetlandPeerieMakkers in the news