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Researching for the Seine Net Queens project with Panel

July 29, 2016

Panel is an independent curatorial practice led by Catriona Duffy and Lucy McEachan from Glasgow whose work I have admired for a long time. They create exciting, ambitious and diverse projects that promote design such as Scotland Can Make It! 2012 and The Inventors of Tradition (which are two of my favourites). So I am delighted to share that myself, artist Bernie Reid and fashion researcher Mairi MacKenzie are working with them on an exhibition this summer called Seine Net Queens for Timespan in Helmsdale.

We have been invited to respond to archive photographs of two roles women had in the village in the 20th century - herring gutters and sea net queens. It's clear from the archival photographs that women played an important role in the local fishing community in Helmsdale, but in order to create two new commissions for the forthcoming exhibition, I decided I needed to take a trip up north to visit Helmsdale and the archive for myself. So here's a few snapshots of inspiration from my trip...

a handmade herring net from Timespan's archive


I received a lesson in knot splicing and net knotting from Sandy, an ex-fisherman
a colourful fishing boat in Helmsdale's harbour

beautiful nets and buoys



The Exhibition will run as follows:

Exhibition opening: Friday 19 August, 6pm

Exhibition continues: 20 August - 9 October 2016


Timespan / Dunrobin Street / Helmsdale / KW8 6JA

T. 01431 821327



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