ON THE BRINK


 

On the West Coast of Scotland, on the boundary between the shore and the land we experience Scottish ‘tundra’, with lichens and mosses growing on rocks and plants with a delicate intricacy, demonstrating a resilience, surviving and thriving.

Much of the West Coast of Scotland is a remote wilderness with brutal weather conditions and wet and cold winters, however, existing in these challenging conditions are areas of natural beauty.

This collection explores small areas that could be described as a hinterland, areas on the brink of survival, areas on the verge.

Borderline ecosystems that seem to cling tenaciously to life perhaps only for fleeting moments. Amongst expanses of subdued subtle colours (greys, browns and pinks) there are hints of jewel like vibrancy from bright yellow lichen, small violet flowers to bright green pine needles.

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Through paper stencilling these microcosms of colour, pattern, shape and texture have been captured. The prints reflect the bold shapes of geology and landscape and the micro-detail that overlays it, creating surface pattern designed for man made environments.

Interior spaces can have a geometric and architectural quality similar to the natural environment. Man made, and built versus chaotic and reactive nature. Spaces for intimacy and living, shared social experiences, recreation, education, and work, share systems and processes to that that occur in nature.

Both the natural and manmade spaces share patterns and structures developed in response to light, shade, shelter, moisture and temperature. Through printing onto materials such as fabric, terracotta clay and concrete this collection brings the Scottish ‘tundra’ to different architectural surfaces. Over time nature softens rocks or man made structures through creating pattern and similarly this collection is designed to use patterns that take over the surfaces of built space, enhancing them and bringing nature as an abstract form to peoples lives.

 

 

To learn about the printing process click here