Nielanell at Bonhoga Gallery, Shetland

Friday Aug 05, 2016

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.

Ebb-stanes contemporary Scottish jumper. A pattern of pebbles in blue and marl, with coral individually drawn line

Drawing with wool. Suggestions of paths and boundaries, using line - each garment is individually 'drawn' on in my new Ebb-stanes collection.

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

You can see my display until Sunday 11th September 2016.

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.

Bonhoga Gallery opening hours:
Mon - Sat: 10:30 - 17:00
Sun: 11:00 - 17:00

Ebb-stanes contemporary Shetland shawl made in Scotland. Pebble design in lilac and blue with hot pink individually drawn line

Borders and landscape: my family history prompted me to think about lines and landscape.

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.

The shore at Hoswick, Shetland - Ebb stanes are revealed by the receding tide

Ebb-stanes on the shore at Hoswick.

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

The Ebb-stanes collection is now available in my online shop >>


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