Throughout the month, I would like to tell you a little bit more about each of the works in WALKS. For those interested it will give a little more insight into my work and for me, it will allow me to share the things that come up in real life conversations.
To start I would like to introduce Hill(s). They are a series of relief prints on leather made at Soulisquoy Printmakers.
I spent my childhood watching my dad, George Drever, making The Ba. The year I was born (1981) was the year he started to learn the skill. His first (Boys) Ba was played for in 1983, the Uppies victorious. (to find out more about the Ba, give it a Google)
I was and am still fascinated by his skill, craftsmanship and attention to detail.
When living at home I collected Dad’s scrap leather pieces – the bits that were not good enough, too thick, too bumpy, too furry or the edge bits that had no use. The collection came to Art College with me, moved house with me and has sat in my studio for years. I came across the box a couple of years back, it had been sitting for a long time, unused and waiting for whatever I had planned for it.
In 2020 I was pleased to receive a VACMA (Visual Arts and Craft Makers Award) from Creative Scotland and Orkney Islands Council. The grant helped me to develop my printmaking skills at Soulisquoy Printmakers. My aim was to learn, experiment, get to know the materials and equipment. The outcome was to be a series of prints and an increased confidence in printmaking.
A perfect time to use these ‘scraps’ of leather.
Each one is unique, a one off. They are printed on the Columbian Press using a series of lino cuts depicting Hills found throughout Orkney. Layered and placed to create my impression of Orkney’s Landscape.
10 % of sales of the Leather works in WALKS will be split and donated between Soulisquoy Printmakers and The Ba Committee. My way of supporting and saying thank you for being part of our community. If you would like to view please head over to my website http://www.lauradrever.co.uk