Digging Deeper


digging deeperNew Work for 2020


The early months of 2020 will see me delving deeper into the techniques of rust printing, eco printing and natural dyeing.  An early example of the direction of the work is this eccentric portrait of a garden fork!  I expect the colours I work with will slowly shift as I become more expert in this field, but they will still follow the colours of the seasons.  And the subject of the work is still the landscape, and the flora and fauna to be observed when I go out for my daily walk (weather permitting!), though the acquisition of a metal detector may lead to more work like this garden fork, depending on what I dig up around our plot, which has beeen the site of a house for hundreds of years.


Although I do not have a solo or joint exhibition this year, I am taking part in two group exhibitions. The first is called "Trees Meet Sea", and is a mixture of visual art and poetry.  Mandy Haggith has recently been Poet in Residence at Inverewe Gardens, Wester Ross and she has invited artists working in a wide range of mediums to respond to one of her many poems on the theme of trees.  The work will then be exhibited, alongside the poems, at the Sawyer Gallery, Inverewe, starting on Wednesday the 29th of April 2020. This is a natural collaboration for me, since native trees already feature strongly in my work.  I am starting on the work now and looking forward to Mandy's response to whatever emerges.  The work might even generate a new poem by Mandy!


The second is called "50 at 50" and is a celebration of 50 years since the opening of The Ceilidh Place, which is at the centre of Ullapool's culture and cafe scene. 50 artists who have exhibited there in the past will submit one piece of work, making for a lively and varied show.  This opens on Friday 23rd of May 2020.


Lastly, I have added another gallery to the outlets that sell my work. The Alchemist Gallery, which is on the High Street in Dingwall, is a beautifully-converted old chemist's shop, with gifts downstairs and a lovely gallery upstairs.  I look forward to working with Hazel in helping to make her new venture a success.  Please do visit if you are in the area.

Email : jan@wildtiles.co.uk    Tel : 01854 666279,   Postal Address : Jan Kilpatrick, Cul Mor, Elphin, By Lairg, Sutherland, IV274HH.  
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