Emma MacKenzie – Weave-art, Lewis

by Julia Welstead Like so many island makers I am meeting, Emma MacKenzie is a multi-tasker extraordinaire. Her love of textiles began with spinning and dyeing, felting and sewing, all skills taught to her by the Barvas wool and spinning group. From this she has developed her own unique style of collage to produce stunningRead more ⟶

Tina MacPhail, Grinneabhat Community Hub, Lewis

By Julia Welstead In a fate sadly common to many rural primary schools, Bragar school closed in 2012. Having opened in 1878 and with a peak role-call of 200 children, it was a sad day when the area lost its school and the building lost its purpose. The good news is that Bragar community ralliedRead more ⟶

Mhairi Law – Island Darkroom, Lewis

by Julia Welstead I’m not really supposed to be here, but my sister asked me to drop in on Island Darkroom, as she’s interested in coming on a workshop here. So my plan is to blend in with the shop visitors and not announce myself as a journalist interviewing makers, but as I park IRead more ⟶

Mairi M Martin

We are heading up to the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides to meet photographer, Mairi M Martin. Her stunning Outer Hebrides landscape photography beautifully captures the mood and atmosphere of these wonderful islands. Mairi has spent 40 years capturing stunning images of her island home, first in film and then digitally. She worksRead more ⟶