Since the summer I’ve been working with the very talented poet Catriona Yule on a collaboration involving our shared passion for the North East of Scotland and it’s fishing folklore.
We’ve explored the villages of Stonehaven, Montrose, Arbroath, Crovie, Pennan, Gardenstown and Portsoy to name a few. All beautifully atmospheric places with masses of history and sites to see (including some lovely tea rooms!). Early on in our discussions we found out that we had a common interest in the poet George Mackay Brown and painter Joan Eadbury. Both artists, who were inspired by the sea and the people of Highlands and Islands and the North East of Scotland.
Over the next few months I’ll blog about the work I’m developing and the exciting event we are planning Spring/Summer 2012 to share Catriona’s poetry, my ceramics and a number of other artists’ work, inspired by this brilliant collaboration.
If any of your female relatives worked in the fishing industry in the North-East of Scotland or were Herring Lassies in 1900–1920, we would love to hear from you! Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org