Off the Map
When my dad died, he left a large collection of maps. He had a love of paper maps, tracing journeys, real or imagined, across the pages. He would probably have been horrified to see me cutting them up! I hope he would have liked the result though: ornamental baskets that show the beauty of the Ordnance Survey map in the abstract. The names, the colours, the symbols and indicators, the sea, the land, the forests and woodlands, the streets and landmarks...
Bias plaiting is a traditional technique that is used across the world, for example for birch bark baskets in Scandinavia, and coconut-palm hats and bowls in the Caribbean.
Where can I see Off the Map?
- "Bags, Bottles & Baskets", solo show, Inverness Museum & Gallery, 15 June to 3 August 2019, Foyer Gallery