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Caithness Portholes 2010/2011

In June 2010 Alex was invited to take part in a residency at Northlands Glass in Lybster, Caithness.   The resulting work 'Caithness Portholes' was inspired by the derelict church of St Mary's in the High Street in Lybster.  It explores the history of the community's involvement with the herring fishing industry, particularly the Herring Girls, and their intimate relationship to the land and sea of North East Scotland.  The final concept was for a walk through installation of glass curtains, flexible and reflecting the colours of the land and sea with soundscapes of oral history recordings. (Rough sound edit here).

Glass Curtain
Herring Boys II
Sketch done at Scottish coast
Herring Girls
Scottish Coast
First attempt at making fishing net
Glass Curtain
St Mary's Church Lybster, window detail
Sea/Sky bowls
Blue Rocks, Shelligoe
Rock Pool
Lobster Pots, Lybster
Glass Curtains in progress
Sea/Sky Bowls
Caithness Portholes
St Mary's Church
Scheme for installation
Window - St Mary's Church, Lybster
Glass Curtain in progess
Interior of St Mary's Church