Wednesday, 29 February 2012

A fragment: from the valley, Bruce Eunson


There's a tractor drawing
          a path of Monday-noise

Like I thought about
           drawing on white blue skies


A fragment: from the valley

n [ˈfrægmənt]
1. a piece broken off or detached fragments of rock
2. an incomplete piece; portion fragments of a novel
3. a scrap; morsel; bit
vb [frægˈmɛnt]
to break or cause to break into fragments
[from Latin fragmentum, from frangere to break]

A lovely parcel was delivered yesterday...thanks Bruce! I had been eagerly anticipating its arrival and I could not have been any happier on seeing the contents.  Isn't it lovely to see a writers work in their own handwriting?   Its almost like a sneaky peak inside their diary...

My favourite poem was 'A fragment: from the valley', it reminded me of late nights, busy minds and next day plans.

Fragments found.

Small fragmented pieces of a larger object are more interesting than the whole,bringing about details that would have otherwise gone unnoticed.

The word 'fragment' is probably one of my favourite descriptives. A piece or part of a picture being used for sourcing material along with found objects and broken thoughts are definitely the way I had wished our project to begin.

Tuesday, 21 February 2012


So...Bruce and I have been emailing since my last post and I must say I am very excited about our venture.  I bought a nice sketch book to put his poetry and pictures in and am looking forward to filling the pages; there is nothing quite as scary as an empty sketch book! 

Bruce mentioned that the place in the photo he sent last time was called "Foula" and he found himself looking at it as he started to write some new work, therefor it is mentioned in a poem he is sending to me.  So looking forward to reading his work!

Picture of Foula

I sent a package to him today, a found key and a tiny spoon I had made last year.  I wonder what he will make of these and what he can take from them.

When the package arrived Bruce was very pleased with the contents and mentioned that the key was very 'Alice in Wonderland' and felt that it held a peculiar or personal secret...which is exactly what my intent was!  The spoon gave Bruce and Rebecca a giggle most probably because if its 'peeriness' (my Shetland dialect word of the week!)

We are still trying to figure out where we would like to go with our collaboration so these 'peerie' packages will soon bring us some inspiration.

Sunday, 5 February 2012

Pictures and Music

Today Bruce emailed a link with some music that he finds inspirational, the first one by Julianna Barwick called 'The Magic Place' and secondly 'Heavy Water/I'd rather be sleeping' by Liz Harris otherwise known as Grouper.  Both of the pieces were really chilled out and made me feel quite relaxed whilst doing my course work...nice! Having never heard the music before, I really liked how easy it was to listen to.  I think we are on the same wave length and have similar inspirations, however I'm not quite sure if he will like my music tastes quite the same!

The album front on 'The magic place' looked very much as it sounded, really peaceful and quiet

I also received a photo; a view from his what a view!

I am hoping that he sends more songs as it would be a great idea if we could also connect through music.

In response I sent Bruce a few pictures taken last year when the snow fell, the view which awaits me every morning when I leave my house...whether its raining, snowing or sunny the garden always cheers me up and leaves me with a feeling of peacefulness.


I love how the detail on the lavender tree looks all jagged and how the tree looks so white against the dark coloured trunk.  Branchy trees somehow remind me of lungs...the little twiggy pieces like the alveoli inside the lungs...not that I'm getting technical or anything :0)

Included in my email was a link to one of my favourite songs by Otis Redding, probably one of my faves to listen to while I'm in the studio...with a cup of tea to hand.

Meeting my partner in crime...

On Tuesday this week I headed up to the FCA&C in St Andrews for my first skype meeting with my Farlin collaboration partner Bruce Eunson, I was pretty nervous to be honest!  After meeting the Fife team and a lovely cup of tea I settled down to chat to Bruce about what we both expected from the project, our inspirations, where to start and a general meet and greet...he was really lovely and it was great to finally chat to him - its nice to know what type of person your working with and it seems we have quite a bit in common already!

FCA&C Project - Farlin Collaboration

A few months ago I applied to take part in a collaborative project between Fife artists and Shetland poets, I wondered if I should and kind of talked myself out of it (just incase I did not get accepted and stuffed my face with a pound of chocolate with the feeling of rejection).  However a fabulous jeweller from Dundee - no names mentioned...Dougie Kinnear aka 'be a sponge not a horse' - pointed me back in the direction of the application and so thats exactly what I did.  Lucky enough to be accepted I am looking forward to the process and inspiration that will come from my new partner in crime Bruce Eunson.

Bruce is a dialect co-ordinator and promotes the use of such across Shetland in schools to teachers and pupils alike, he translates popular literature into shetland dialect, his blog can be found here.  He is very passionate about writing poetry and has been writing from a young age. 

We are both really looking forward to working together, new work and new inspirations should follow very soon...