Nielanell at Bonhoga Gallery, Shetland


5th August 2016
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a piece from my latest collection: ebb-stanes

Contemporary Shetland - art & design

 

I was delighted when the team at Bonhoga Gallery approached me, and asked to show some of my work in the Gallery's Craft Cabinet.

 

For those of you who haven't visited, Bonhoga is a wonderful place - it has a programme of really interesting exhibitions, along with a lovely cafe and shop with work by local makers. My pieces are on show at the same time as Peter Davis and Paul Bloomer, two Shetland artists whose work I have long admired.

 

I chose to exhibit pieces from my latest collection, Ebb-stanes. Find out more about the inspiration behind the design below. As will all my collections, the pieces were designed and made in the Shetland Islands.

 

You can see my display until Sunday 11th September.

 

Bonhoga Gallery opening hours

Mon - Sat: 10:30 - 17:00

Sun: 11:00 - 17:00  

Ebb-stanes and borderlines

By ‘drawing’ with wool, I use my latest knitwear collection, Ebb-stanes, to explore the meaning and use of line, both natural and man-made.

My father was Indian: in 1947 the Partition of India suddenly separated his family from their country. They became emigrants, instantly.

 

In my new collection, suggestions of paths, boundaries and contours are created through a simple line, wandering across a pattern inspired by Shetland’s landscape.

 

Ebb-stanes are pebbles revealed by a receding tide—a shifting, natural borderline.

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Drawing with wool

Suggestions of paths and boundaries, using line - each garment is individually 'drawn' on.

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borders and landscape

My family history prompted me to think about lines and landscape

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ebb-stanes on the shore at Hoswick

Ebb-stanes are the stones revealed as the tide recedes - this natural border is one of the sources of inspiration for my collection.

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shop online

Ebb-stanes capes are now available in my online shop >>