2014 – 15 Flowering on the edge of the world
This body of work was the result of a research trip to the Outer Hebrides made in August 2013, funded with support from an Opportunities Grant from Fife Contemporary Arts and Crafts
The trip was to visit the incredibly prolific wild flowers growing on the Machair areas on the beautiful islands of North Uist, Benbecula and South Uist. Machair is rare, bio-diverse coastal grassland. Working the machair is a huge part of Gaelic culture, supporting communities and wildlife like no other habitat. Here Kirsty gathered sketches, photographs and small video from which to create work. It was the beginning of her posey making project ‘Votive Offerings’ and an ongoing engagement with wild flora of Scotland and the Islands.
This work was exhibited in 2014 with Fife Contemporary Arts and Crafts at St. Andrews Town Hall and also at The Artist’s Studio, Ladybank Railway Station, Fife. This work was also the focus of a collaboration between the artist and Designer/Maker Ruth Morris of Roobedo who works with Harris Tweed.