Iona





Weathering


I have always been interested in the way the weather changes and moulds the landscape and wondered  how the weather would change a piece of work. The project was based on the north coast of Scotland, using wool from the local Shetland sheep. I created  a piece of work inspired by the view over to Ben Hope.

Spinning the wool into fine threads I stitched onto the needled felted surface and tied the work to a rowan branch. Then the piece was placed in the burn overnight in the morning it was hung on the side of a wall to dry in the wind. Below are the photos documenting the project with a poem inspired by the process.

I am currently looking at moving the project forwards, as it inspires new ideas and new ways of working.





From  the flock of sheep that graze the shore, Comes  the fleece, Washed in the burn   And dried in the south west wind   Inspired by the mountains that sweep down to the loch

Made by hand, water and wind

From the flock of sheep that graze the shore
Comes the fleece
Washed in the burn
And dried in the south west wind
Inspired by the mountains that sweep down to the loch
I drew with twigs, stone, rope using wet peat
A stitch, a mark, the ridge of Ben Hope
My work is done
And returned to the burn that flows from mountain to loch
As the sun rises, rediscovery
Shaped by the water of the night
Hung on a dyke to dry
Made by hand, water and wind.

Iona Mackenzie Laycock
I  drew with twigs, stone, rope using wet peat, A stitch, a mark, the ridge of Ben Hope. My work is done.   And returned to the burn that flows from mountain to loch. As the sun rises, rediscovery
Shaped by the water of the night   Hung on a dyke to dry. Made by hand, water and wind