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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