Artists Collective Opens Unique Experience in Pitlochry

26 Aug 2019, Nicola Martin

Artist collective, Beyond The Bothy, will pop up in the evocative Heritage centre, Pitlochry this year as part of Perthshire Open Studios. (7-15 September, 2019).

The group of six artists have taken up residence in the Centre and will offer a refreshing, seasonal tonic with a range of curative creations including installations, textiles, ink artworks, ceramics, prints, basketry and audio incantations!

The artists have responded to a deep and strong sense of place. The result is a uniquely curated, experience which runs for 10 days only. This eye catching exhibition aims to leave visitors feeling highly energised and creatively enhanced. All creations are available to buy.

Open daily, 10am to 4pm, except Sundays 11am to 4pm. Venue: 137 (That’s the red route in the Perthshire Open Studio’s guide.)

The artists are Ruth Morris, Dylan Gibson, Ciara Gibson, Gillian Griffiths, Giles Conisbee and Kirsty Bogle.

Ruth Morris : Roobedo

“I am inspired by the history of the flax & linen industry that was once so prevalent in Moulin. It is said that the women spun enough linen yarn to pay the rent – yet there is no official documentation of this fact. I am struck by the parallels with todays textile industry.

Many garments are made today by women working long hours and (often) unpaid overtime. I want to highlight the need for transparency and traceability. We should be asking where our clothes come from just as we ask where our food comes from today.

I’ve sourced cloth from the last linen manufacturer in Scotland and made a selection of dresses, coats and accessories which feature hand screen printed cuffs, panels and pocket details. I’m hoping my work will start a conversation about what we are wearing.

My second inspiration is boxes of lovelocks. They had been cut open and removed from the swing bridge over the river Tummel earlier this year and kept for several months in Pitlochry library in the hope that they will be reclaimed. There was a request to store them at the Heritage centre as a record. These beautiful, heartfelt symbols became a cause of decay – having to be removed to keep the bridge safe. I have developed hand drawn images from my photographs which I then screen printed onto a selection of tea towels, cards and scarves”.

Read more about Roobedo’s Ruth Morris’s life-long love affair with textiles.


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