When creating the costume for Mara, The Seal Wife, I looked at stylised 80’s films and old photographs of locals from Uist and St Kilda. Due to the harsh landscape and changeable weather, people throughout the decades have dressed to protect themselves from the elements, choosing warmth and durability over aesthetics. Styles move more slowly because of this, and workwear is always present, but people still want to look their best.
I sourced clothing locally where I could, bright orange oilskins and Arran jumper for James and a 40-year-old Eriskay Jumper and navy workwear for Magnus. For Sìne, I pulled together high waisted jeans, silk tops and cashmere jumpers from my Mum’s wardrobe and vintage shops in Glasgow. Someone with an emotional connection to the island lent their beautiful silk wedding gown for the wedding scene in Carinish Church.
I like to work with local designers and fashion producers to bring something contemporary and unique and in this case I was able to incorporate jewellery by Heather McDermott and Soizig Carey for the Lighthouse and wedding scenes, knitwear and jumper by Anika Höppel, scarf by Green Thomas for the Proposal scene, silk cotton pyjamas by SÒLASfor Maggie and a customised denim shirt by Alice Dansey-Wright for when Sìne is painting in her studio.
Mara, The Seal Wife is clothed with a mixture of locally sourced authentic pieces, borrowed family heirlooms, and unique contemporary details.
SÒLAS is a Scottish sleepwear brand with a focus on minimal design, comfort and modern luxury. Drawing inspiration from the natural environment of Scotland and nostalgic childhood memories, SÒLAS creates sleepwear combining contemporary shapes and custom prints using high-quality fabrics. A collaboration between Ruth Mitchell and Ciorstaidh Monk that merges their complementary aesthetics, skills in fashion design, print and photography, SÒLAS is a design identity that encourages an inclusive, holistic, comforting experience for the wearer with an emphasis on quality and attention to fine details.
Photographed Jamie balancing, leaning and lying in various parkour positions around his beautiful dark wood Glasgow flat. These images were printed and made into a newspaper and art poster for Slo-Mo books and shown in their launch exhibition at The Old Hairdressers, Glasgow. You can buy the paper/artist book at Good Press.
I was commissioned by Cultural Enterprise Office to create a wall piece that linked exhibition pieces by group of designers who all have creative impact focus is their businesses; environmental, health or circular economy.
I spent last week back home in the Outer Hebrides teaching printmaking to children during Feis Tir an Eorna. We printed aprons, a banner and bunting using monoprinting and block printing with lemons and limes.