In 2017 the National Galleries of Scotland curated a magnificent exhibition of one of Scotland’s most popular 20th century artists, Joan Eardley. The exhibition was titled "A Sense of Place" highlighting Eardley’s passion for painting the same views over and over of the landscape around her cottage in Catterline. The powerful and expressive paintings documenting the changes wrought by the Scottish climate on her everyday surroundings and the Scottish fishing village where she lived.
Eardley has long been a favourite of mine since my own days at Glasgow School of Art and after a move from the city to the countryside 5 years ago I feel similar about the value of going on the same walks over and over. it is miraculous to witness the changes that time, weather and the seasons bring to a place. A favourite walk of mine is through stretches of Garadhban wood overlooking Loch Lomond.
On successive walks I would photograph these small moments of beauty – dappled sunlight through branches, summer greens… ferns and fungi, Autumn leaves, frost on leaves, icy streams, passing clouds and glorious sunsets.
When curating our first collection for Rocke, launched at The Scottish Interiors Showcase 2018, it made it seemed fitting to filter these images through my fabric selections and to develop a range that echoed these memories to evoke a sense of place.