Amanada graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone, Dundee in 2015 in Fine Art. Amanda’s work is concerned with man’s reaction and interaction with the land, the marks we inflict to instil our presence and the structures, which silently and subtly become the imperceptible backdrop to our lives Worked mainly on site this work becomes imbued with the ever-changing elements. A number of paintings are then formed simultaneously, which allows strong elements to be transported from one piece to the next.
Katy graduated in Fine Art from Duncan of Jordanstone, Dundee in 2015. Using familiar materials from the natural landscape she attempts to visually endow a feeling of the Highlands altered from the one dispensed to tourists by playing with shape and form. The Highland landscape is undeniably sublime but it comes with an edge. The chequered history and strong traditions of Highland life inspire this work yet also its contemporary culture. The gathering of seaweed, heather and limpet shells for this work reminds of an era when Highland folk relied heavily on these natural materials.
Helena graduated from Glasgow School of Art with a B.A Hons in Textiles. She moved to the Isle of Skye 15 years ago and now lives there with her partner and two children. She enjoys absorbing and observing the beautiful ever changing island light. Her jewellery and silver spoons are inspired by the delicate qualities in nature. Sun bleached pebbles by the shoreline, gentle swaying grasses in the wind, simple buds, dandelion spores and stone erosion all influence her silver work. The organic shapes are characterised by little oxidised details. Each piece is unique, time-consuming and a labour of love.
Vera Naessens was born in Belgium and studied both Art and Fashion Design, graduating in 1987 in Antwerp. In 1994 she moved to the small crofting community of Duirinish where she currently lives and works. Absorbing the world around her, she tells her stories using a range of styles and media.