My Great Auntie Isobel sitting on an AJS. This is not the reason for this photo on my frontpage, although I do think she is fabulous. It is my Great Grandfather David Bain who is standing proud in the background at the Pavement works at Thurso east. I love hearing about the old methods of working with these large pieces of stone. Stone which paves many cities around the world. His brother Donnie was also a stone mason. I only discovered this a year after I started working with Caithness stone. I wonder if we are drawn towards materials instinctively?
The hands are casts of my own. Display is very important in my designs. The layers of stone are so smooth you almost want to rub it on your cheek. What I love most is the silvery lines of oxide which I think look like pinstripes.
There is a few worthy notes about this piece. Firstly that the gold part of the ring was made from my mothers 9ct gold watch. Secondly, the slab of stone is from Scotscalder quarry which has a wonderful collection of plant fossils. I have treated the stone to reveal the layers and it has created a landscape which otherwise would not have been noticed.
This is a fabulous picture of various relatives picnicing on the beach. It is up for debate why they are all holding up eggs but I think that it must be Easter and they had just been rolling them. We still do this on occasion. My memories of picnics in Caithness are of us all, usually wearing cagouls or parkas zipped up, sheltering beside a wall, out of the wind, with cheese sandwiches and diluting juice. Beachcombing was also a major part of our outings.