This May 2017, Emergents awarded artist Gina Macdonald Go and See funding to attend one of the Naked Craft Workshops at An Lanntair. Read her report of her time at the session below.
Naked Craft Workshops – An Lanntair, Stornoway
23 & 24 May 2017
Joanne B Kaar – Weaving with Grass
I was firstly inspired by the exhibition of Angus MacPhee showing grass sculptures made from natural fibres without a pattern. I was delighted to be given the opportunity to attend this workshop with like minded people. I am an art student at UHI based at Taigh Chearsabhagh, North Uist and am interested in traditional crafts and culture.
Joanne was a great teacher inspiring creativity with the material in addition to the best methods to use with each different fibre. The first day was experimentation to get a feel for the fibres and learn various methods. Although there were different levels of ability everyone had a fun time and learned what worked best for them. On Wednesday we all made a shoe from the grasses available. Most were more suited to South Sea Islands not the Hebrides but we all produced at least one wearable form of footwear!