Heather McDermott

"The power of the Hebridean swell"

Heather McDermott has been heavily influenced by her environment, growing up on the shoreline on the Isle of Skye.

Describing it as a "treasure trove" of discarded objects to inspire her work, she also set up her workshop here after completing her Masters in jewellery at Edinburgh College of Art.

Heather celebrates these flotsam and jetsam, discarded from the urban environment and deposited by the "power of the Hebridean swell." She says "rope, wood and plastic take on a subtler identity as wind and wave shape, and re-shape form and colour."

Heather says these inspirational scenes are developed and translated in her work by utilising shapes and colours. Unconventional in size and structure, each piece is an expression of sculptural form and is designed to create a statement. The continually changing shoreline is a constant source of inspiration and her current collection ‘tidal surge’ is the contemporary interpretation of these surroundings.

The industrial nature of the stainless steel is hand formed into soft geometric shapes mimicking fishing nets and lobster pots. Repetition creates chaotic chain which is then embellished with simple vivid discs of colour inspired by washed up buoys