945 x 1430 mm
Shawl: hand-knitted cobweb lace using silk thread
‘My cultural identity comes from two countries, Scotland and Canada. Shetland lace shawls made by my maternal grandmother were part of my family tradition. I never saw her knit one, they would suddenly appear as a complete shawl. Later I understood why: the complexity of the patterns and the fineness of the wool required complete uninterrupted concentration. As a young adult I moved to Canada. Shetland shawls were not part of the culture and for many years I did not give them any thought.
In my recent designs I have moved away from the regularity of traditional Shetland lace knitting and use a free-form design process. I called this shawl Lace Symphony because throughout the process of making it there was a feeling of building towards a finale. Once the shawl was finished I could see many Canadian influences in the design, which mirrors the ultimate in nature’s fragility and boldness, the hummingbirds and eagles of my environment.’