I have been travelling. Not for a very long time but I managed to get away from Iceland for a while. It is vital to get away from home and be inspired by being away. I visited the isle of Harris in the Outer Hebrides. Also Lewis and Kilda. If you are familiar with these places you will realize that they remind one of Iceland in some ways but are totally different in other. The rocks of these islands are ancient while Iceland where I live is a young island, mere 16 million years old while the Hebrides are closer to 100 million years old. All these islands have in common that they are places where the elements of nature are at the doorstep. The colours of the land is similar, the smell of ocean and the sheep traffic.
I met Donald John Mackay, a weaver of Harris tweed. A way of weaving that is different from mine but still the ideas often overlap. I also met a ceramic artist and a photograph artist who run the gallery The mission house http://www.themissionhouse.co.uk/.
I enjoyed the company of the great hosts of the Old School House where I was accommodated for almost a week.
On the air plane back to Iceland we flew over the Hebrides. The weather was perfect and I could see all the islands, the roads, the houses I visited and everything. Imagine being a bird. I was in awe looking out through the windows and it didn't cross my mind to photograph all this beauty from the air before now, when I am back home and writing this and thinking I should add a photograph to the blog. But I have the images in my head and they are the inspiration.
The sun is shining and the weather is a delight. I am going out. More later.
Anna María Lind, MA Textile Art Winchester School of Art.