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A display of Squid Quills created from small flat wooden pieces with drawings and writing on them.

Mapping Workshop with Jon MacLeod

Join artist Jon MacLeod for a workshop looking at Indigenous ways of mapping and the use of devices such as stick maps for passing on knowledge of island and coastal environments.

For EBBE+FLOW, Jon has made an invented ‘Squid Quill’ form which contains information for navigating and understanding ocean lore in Norway and the Outer Hebrides. Sea marks, tidal knowledge, weather lore and hand drawn coastal maps are included in these objects.

During the workshop you will spend time thinking about your own known landscapes and experiential knowledge of a place or a journey, (such as the plants observed on the croft, a place where shellfish or fish are to be found or weather and sea lore and proverbs). These observations will inform you as you make your own ‘Navigator,’ plotting these kinds of knowledge that could be used to communicate to a fellow coastal traveller. Drawing, photocopying, and cyanotype will translate your lore into this personal ‘Navigator’. 

All materials are provided. No making experience is required to take part. This workshop is intended for adults.

EBBE+FLOW is currently exhibiting in Taigh Chearsabhagh’s Gallery 1, reviewed in the Morning Star.