From the horse’s mouth and other stories…
Posted on September 30, 2015
A Kelpie is a mythical water spirit that changes form to lure you to your death. It often appears as a large black horse or a handsome stranger but if you can manage to bridle a Kelpie you gain its power!
In the past few months I have spent many a pleasant hour on Falkirk’s Forth and Clyde Canal under the watchful eye of their mythical beasts. Radio 4’s Ramblings came along on one of our Walking With Words events and despite the rain we had a great time. You can hear the broadcast on Thursday October 1st at 3pm or you can download it as a podcast thereafter.
Another project I am working on is with S1 pupils at Denny High School who are designing the interior of their Dream Library and what an inventive and enthusiastic bunch of creatives they are. We have also had some wonderful poetry from them with Kelpies coming out of Denny’s Blue Pool and witches riding black horses across the landscape.
Last week I got to work to find Grangemouth Oil Refinery in stocking stitch sitting on my desk. This adds to our list of 45 knitted bees, a felted fox and my two Kelpie hats.
Stories are at the centre of my work as a collaborative artist and my next project as Reader in Residence is to create a knitted map of the area with the help of the Knit and Natter groups in Falkirk Libraries. So if anyone fancies knitting the Falkirk Wheel, Callendar House, a canal boat or a Navvy or a Tracker for our Book Week Scotland “Crafternoon” on November 28th just hand them in to any library in the Falkirk area.