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A blue and white duotone photograph shows a close-up view of layers of homemade paper.

reFresh residency: Tawyna Renelle X Margaret Joan NicÌosaig

For the reFresh exhibition, as part of Làn-Thìde, the Outer Hebrides Climate Beacon, Taigh Chearsabhagh are hosting creative residencies in partnership with Ceòlas and Cothrom/ReStore.

These residencies are questioning consumption and production, with each resident creative set to collaborate with local communities to conduct experimentation with waste materials. We will collectively develop skills and methodologies through free workshops hosted across North Uist, Benbecula, and South Uist.

Dr. Tawyna Selene Renelle is an experimental writer and creative writing educator from Bellingham, Washington in the USA. She currently lives in Glasgow, Scotland where she has completed her DFA in Creative Writing at the University of Glasgow. In May 2019 she published her poetry collection this exquisite corpse with Calenture Press.

Based on North Uist, artist and educator Margaret Joan NicÌosaig uses repetitive daily actions create a time to reflect, considering time, place and being. Margaret Joan’s papermaking journey explores palimpsest and archaeology, where the paper holds the clues and the DNA of our story within it, something more than an anonymous support. 

Tawnya and Margaret Joan will be working in conversation to explore paper waste and other domestic remnants through papermaking and creative writing.

For their reFresh workshop, Tawnya and Margaret Joan will host a two-part workshop over two afternoons. Participants will learn how to make paper and then create a text to write upon it, creating a multipoint dialogue between materials and makers. The workshop will be hosted in Taigh Chearsabhagh’s Gallery 2, activating the exhibition as a space of constructive and speculative dialogue.


Guided through all the stages by Margaret, you will create recycled paper from collected scrap paper or card brought to the workshop from around your home. Paper can be made in layers and we will experiment to incorporate small objects you also provide – pieces of fabric, threads, or seeds placed between layers or even wrapped into the wet pulp.


How do the objects we love become a representation of ourselves? If we listen to them closely enough, what stories might they tell us? Join Tawnya as she leads you through a series of playful, experimental and fun creative writing exercises to get you interacting and thinking differently about the objects in our lives.

The workshops will run from 2pm – 5pm on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th of April. Hot drinks will be available to all participants.

If you would like to join this free workshop with Tawnya and Margaret Joan, please book a ticket using the registration form below.