More Scottish Museums

Only a short time left of my Scottish residency. My latest research was at the Highland Museum of Childhood in Strathpeffer and Fort George‘s Highlander’s Military Museum, near Ardersier. To keep my research broad and avoid self-censoring or shutting down new ideas in their infancy, I’ve approached ‘research’ by recording anything that interests me, with the plan to…

Scotland; random stuff I photographed

Various ideas collected from the surrounds. To stretch out the exploration once back in NZ, there is a book waiting for me, How to Be an Explorer of the World. Speaking to lots of new people, I’ve also collected interesting career options – Maria Maclennan is the first ever forensic jeweller – see her TED talk…

As close as I get to painting

These are all images I took at the remains of several World War II gun emplacements; an Emergency Coastal Defence Battery on the banks of Loch Ewe, Wester Ross in the Scottish Highlands. The view was obviously spectacular, but more so were the colours on the walls inside the gun emplacements. Time, the environment and…

A Day at the Foundry

Sometimes you have an idea that you sit with for years and it doesn’t change, it doesn’t diminish in it’s desire to be realised and you still feel excited about it every time you think of it, it could even be the start of a shift in your work, it feels important, but you don’t…

More stuff I coveted/collected/saw:

French chalk – for some inexplicable reason, I could have stared at this piece of chalk for a whole day – it had a lot of what Sarah Read would call ‘jewelleryness’ as did the watering can rose pictured. Hand forged bolt from door with deliberate markings that matched other pieces from the same door…

Week 1 – Place

So my plan was to check the lay of the land and see what the location, available tools and materials and culture, prompts. After a week I’ve taken heaps of images of things that spark my interest for various reasons, from things around the garden to Bass Rock out from Edinburgh. So far there’s no particular…