ARTIST BLOG: Melanie King
Island Darkroom Blog
by Mhairi Law
1M ago
ARTIST BLOG MELANIE KING REFLECTIONS SURFACING From 26 February to 02 March 2024, I visited the Island Darkroom, inspired by artist Jess Holdengarde who had visited the Island Darkroom several times in 2023. I have been collaborating with Jess since Spring 2023, and have collaborated with her during a residency at The Lengths in Achaphubuil in January 2024. During the residency at Island Darkroom, my primary goal was to produce cyanotypes and tone them using locally foraged materials. I was also keen to learn more about the deep time history of the Isle of Lewis. Inspired by my PhD supervisor ..read more
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ARTIST BLOG: Ian Waugh
Island Darkroom Blog
by Mhairi Law
2M ago
Artist in Residence 2024 IAIN WAUGH Reflections Searching the Unseen I came to Island Darkroom with no set intention of what I would produce but with many strains of allure and inquiry bubbling inside. This would be my second time on Lewis after a sailing residency last summer exploring the coastal fringes, a singular introduction from the outlook of the open waves. I’d never experienced a new place in this way before and a fascination grew for the looming inlands of which I’d seen so little. That vast unknown moor upon which I projected my imagination and expectations. I vowed to return in wi ..read more
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EXHIBITION OPENING
Island Darkroom Blog
by Mhairi Law
3M ago
  We are delighted to invite you all to the opening of a new photographic exhibition by local artist, Danielle Macleod, who showed her work as the first guest exhibitor at Island Darkroom back in 2021. For this exhibition, KNOWING GROUND, Danielle is showcasing work from two new projects, which most recently have been shown in Summerhall, Edinburgh. WHERE: Island Darkroom, Achmore, Isle of Lewis WHEN: Friday 19th April, 5-8PM   KNOWING GROUND draws upon local folklore to evoke new worlds and characters through sculpture and photography. Natural materials gathered from the landscape ..read more
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ARTIST BLOG: Jannette MacDonald
Island Darkroom Blog
by Mhairi Law
3M ago
Artist in Residence 2024 JANNETTE MACDONALD Reflections After a fine week at the Island Darkroom in Achmore it is time to reflect. My intention was to photograph the Lewis Land Monuments, but also to explore. Every day was different on Lewis, following my nose, getting lost and getting found, on beaches, moors, under big skies. I’m interested in the lines of a landscape, the borders, horizons and what they represent and migration past and present. The history and struggles of those who lived off the land on Lewis seems very relevant to the present day. Originally fascinated by the Duke of Suth ..read more
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ARTIST BLOG: Camille Lemoine
Island Darkroom Blog
by Mhairi Law
4M ago
Artist in Residence 2024 Camille Leomoine Reflections   Before starting my Winter Residency at the Island Darkroom, I planned to experience and observe the ‘everydayness’ of the landscape there. Things like fluctuant weather and the changes of light throughout the day. Within my first week I spent the majority of my days out walking and getting to know the land – quickly realising that it could take a lifetime to truly absorb all the subtleties of this landscape. I had never visited the Outer Hebrides before, and there is definitely a distinct feel to this part of Scotland that I am drawn ..read more
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WORKSHOP: Frames of Spring
Island Darkroom Blog
by Mhairi Law
4M ago
Plant-Based Photography & Foraging Workshop with Jess Holdengarde 3rd - 5th May 2024      The Course We’re super excited that 2023 Artist in Residence Jess Holdengarde is returning to Island Darkroom to provide an exciting new spring/summer workshop, Frames of Spring: Plant-based photography and foraging workshop. This 3 day intensive workshop over the May bank holiday weekend will be taking place at Island Darkroom, in Achmore, Isle of Lewis. We will consider the role of sustainably focused practices in the Western Isles, and how we can utilise what is available to us. Thi ..read more
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The Natural Process
Island Darkroom Blog
by Mhairi Law
5M ago
Reflections from Jess Holdengarde   My time at the Island Darkroom was an opportunity to gain some perspective as I enter a newly funded project titled, The Natural Process.  This year long project aims to deepen & consolidate my interest in sustainable plant-based processes for analogue practices in a climate emergency. My residency at the Island Darkroom was an exciting and much needed opportunity for me to gain some perspective on the project and ignite some inspiration through my natural processes and methodologies of developing plant-based chemistry.  The residency ..read more
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The Bosta Bag
Island Darkroom Blog
by Mhairi Law
8M ago
Inspired by dreamy days on Hebridean shores…      I’m so excited to share with you all the newest creation to spring from the Island Darkroom workroom. The Bosta Bag continues my textiles ethos of the beautiful and the practical. This generously sized, relaxed shoulder tote has been handmade here in the workshop using local Harris Tweed fabric, lined with 100% cotton and featuring riveted leather shoulder straps. It’s been described as a ‘tardis’ of a bag, being able to pack well above its weight with all your bits and pieces. Whether it’s a trip to town, the beach or as the ca ..read more
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Winter Residencies 2024
Island Darkroom Blog
by Mhairi Law
9M ago
Applications now Open   A creative retreat… During the winter months of 2024, Island Darkroom will be offering three photography-based artists a creative stay on the island    During the winter months of 2024, Island Darkroom will be offering three photography-based artists a creative retreat.These self-directed residencies have been set up to provide time and space to research, explore and create in a landscape of outstanding natural beauty. They are aimed at individuals who are looking for a space to cut off and get away from distractions to develop ideas. Perhaps you are wor ..read more
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Upcoming Exhibition
Island Darkroom Blog
by Mhairi Law
1y ago
  NOTES FROM HOME An exhibition by Helen Jones Friday 1st September 2023 5-8PM Join us at Island Darkroom for the opening of 'Notes from Home' by Helen Jones, featuring Polaroids and large scale C-Type Prints. WHEN: Friday 1st September, 5-8PM WHERE: Island Darkroom, 5c Achmore, Isle of Lewis FREE & ALL WELCOME NOTES FROM HOME: Documenting public and private spaces, Helen Jones explores isolation and nostalgia. Selecting details that are both specific and generic, the photographs meditate on her experiences during the COVID-19 lockdowns. With attention to shape and shadow, images of ..read more
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