Gallery, Orkney

Website Launch

Coronavirus has taken a real hold in the UK although there are no reported cases in Orkney yet. As  no social contact allowed, we won’t be opening the gallery to the public as planned on 1st April, but we would like to invite people to browse our on-line shop which will be functional.

We are very excited this month as our website is launched, thanks to Orkney website design and development company Orcadia Design, who have worked hard to get this site up and running so we have an on-line presence.

We have subscribed to VisitScotland and now have a page in the Orkney section of their website. is another website that we have subscribed to and have a page with them.

Chris has sent an update on the mural progress – we have seen the finished storyboards and they really do look good. We are going to keep you all in suspense by not issuing the images just yet!

Alan has been using Photoshop to stitch a series of images together. The result is 2.4 metre long image of traditional fishing traps in KwaZulu Natal province of South Africa, taken in 2016. It comprises 5 images stitched together covering around 270 degrees of viewing angle. The system is an estuary-linked lake system composed of four interconnected, roughly circular lakes (Makhawulani, Mpungwini, Nhlange and Amanzimnyama), a broad channel leading to an estuary which opens to the Indian Ocean and three extensive areas of swamp. Principal habitats include swamp forest, Phragmites beds, mangrove forest (32 ha) and coastal grassland/open woodland/palm communities and algae. The lakes are separated from the ocean by a strip of forested sand dunes 600 2000 m in width. Numerous sandy mudbanks, emergent at low tide, occur in the lower part of the system. The native guides have given up trying to teach Europeans how to pronounce the names of the lakes correctly, so they are known as lakes 1,2,3 and 4.

Our latest acquisition is another A1 printer, this time a Canon 12-colour A1 printer. Photographers familiar with Canon equipment might recognise the same red line that is the signature of a Canon L-series lens. It is bigger than we thought it was going to be –  too big to get through the workshop door, so it’s now installed in the kitchen!

New embroidery products created this month include a 3D free-standing lace rose on a marble plinth, a fascinator with Swarovski crystals, and the Woodland Wildlife Collection of wall art.

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