The next exhibition in the windows of The Northlight Gallery Stromness is ‘Badger and Vole’. It runs from April 24th – 7th May 2021
‘There is something wonderful about using the oldest technology we have. I love the drop spindle. It feels like an antithesis to the waste culture that just churns out an ever increasing volume of identical items that are made from oil.’ Howard Hardiman
Badger (the artist, Howard Hardiman) and Vole (Tim Morrison, writer and facilitator) are a couple who have spent lockdown spinning and weaving at their home in Burness, Sanday. The window display features some of Howard’s art and their collective carding, spinning and weaving. Work featured including a fine cow portrait and scarves featuring home produced wool in the Orkney colours.
They are able to carry out the whole wool working produce from rolling the fleece post shearing to cutting the finished piece from the loom.
‘Wool is a waste product these days and it is thrilling to take a fleece from sheep we know well and turn it into a beautiful and useful item. Most of the fleece we card, spin and blend originates in Sanday although we do some get some from North Ronaldsay and south in Scotland.’