Creative Works and Exhibitions
Over the years, I have taken part in a variety of exhibitions, such as our annual UAA summer shows, our annual Artist Cooperative pop up exhibitions here in Sollas, travelling UAA exhibitions to mainland Scotland and the Northeast of England, exchange exhibitions in Germany and exhibitions as part of artist and translation residencies.
One exhibition closest to my heart is the ‘Creag agus Uisge / Rock and Water / Fels und Wasser’ exhibition. A group of artists from North Uist and Germany formed after an artist exchange in 2017 to respond to the places that are surrounding us here in Uist. The exhibition showed in Dundas Street Gallery in Edinburgh in January 2019, then at Taigh Chearsabhagh in Uist in May 2019 and also in Templin, Germany in July/August 2020.
In response to the theme I created a series of ‘rock’ books and boxes. In an unearthing of patterns and accidentals, many layers of ink, dyes and wax create a paper with a rich and deep texture evocative of rock patterns and the melting of sediments visible in each tiny pebble on the beach. In working with different structures I explored, in the words of artist Keith McIntyre, ‘… the geology of bookbinding’ making ‘geo-books and treasure boxes - knowledge vessels for capturing our imagination; our thoughts, stories, precious objects. Each echo the enormous forces that created, folded and scarred the Lewisian Gneiss and Basalt that shaped the landscape around Krause’s studio.’
Another lovely and very engaging project was a creative commission from the newly established Uist Wool to make books which use and showcase their tweed and yarn. Over the last few years these book structures have evolved and are now a firm part of my repertoire. I love the combination of leather and tweed in the cross structures creating a very tactile object which is in harmony with the deckled edges of the inner book itself with the colours playing off each other. I love the yarn wrapping around journals covered in recycled leather cloth suggesting a hint of secrecy. And again, the tweed coptic books with sewn headbands have a very tactile feel to it. These books are only available in my own studio and in the Uist Wool www.uistwool.com shop which is well worth a visit!