Connie Flynn - Textiles during June

Connie's sketch book and viewConnie Flynn is the Sumburgh Head Lighthouse artist-in-residence during June. She is a textile and stained glass maker whose multi skilled practice has evolved through experimenting and combining traditional techniques and modern practices.

She uses a variety of materials to work with both hand and machine skills. These processes often represent social, cultural concepts, crossing cultural and contextual boundaries between traditional craft and contemporary art.

Connie said “During this residency I hope to explore a new subject, taking inspiration from researching the social history aspect of the keepers and their families who have stayed, worked and lived at the lighthouse. I will record my findings of quotes and stories gathered in a sketchbook, this will progress into using recycled fabrics, creating different surface effects with hand stitched techniques to represent my interpretation of these experiences. I look forward seeing how my work develops. This is a really exciting opportunity!”

Throughout June Connie will be engaging with community groups. She will offer a talk about her responses to creating textile work whilst resident at the lighthouse on Wed 24th June at 2pm and repeated at 6pm. Her work made will be shown in an Open Studio event in the Muckle Roe Light (visitors car park) on Sun 28th June 11am – 4pm. All welcome!