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Islandness

A collaboration between Shetland and Newfoundland is focusing on the act of making.

Jane Walker from Newfoundland and Vivian Ross-Smith from Shetland have been collaborating on various projects to do with identity, being from and on islands, and how making something can help ease the long winter nights in these northern latitudes. The first event, a bring-a-plate-for-supper evening this week in Lerwick's Boating Club, was interesting and fun. A group of artists and makers from across the isles came along to chat and to see what Vivan and Jane have been working on. (Their book about the project so far is now in the library collection at the studio.)

The second event is today - Saturday 6th October in the Learning Room at the Shetland Museum and Archives from 1 to 5pm, and is about exploring the techniques of traditional rug hooking from Newfoundland. Following this there is a making night in the Fair Isle Community Hall on Saturday 20th October from 7pm until late for anyone to come along to with whatever you are working on, and the last event in the series is in November. On the first of the month there is another making night in the Whiteness and Weisdale Community Hall from 7 until 9pm. This last event will be asking the question "Why is making important during winter?", a very timely and apt question to ask at this time of year!