Robert Tulloch was brought up in a croft cottage in the early 1900′s, at the far end of Lunna Ness, a remote and jutting peninsular in the North East of Shetland Mainland. This now ruinous cottage sits on the edge of a barren, windswept & rugged moor overlooking Hamna Voe, surrounded by thousands of discarded scattered Blueshell Mussel shells churned up from the sea below.

In January 2020, 100 years after her grandfather lived in the cottage, and 35 years after her first visit, Sonje travelled to Shetland on a personal & artistic quest, just before the world went into lockdown for the pandemic.

The dramatic & turbulent North Sea, other historic family connections to the fishing industry and longstanding Shetland family roots underpin her inspiration for the artistic journey called A Yard & A Half of Shetland Claith.

The body of work the giant ceramic mussel shell and many other art pieces evolve around is called Seaweed In The Voe.

In January 2021 the opportunity to undertake a one month artistic residency at The Booth in Scalloway, the ancient capital of Shetland, was unfortunately cancelled due to the restrictions of the pandemic. It is with utter joy that Sonje has been offered a highly sought after replacement month in June this same year. From here the journey to unfurl the Yard & A Half of Shetland Claith can resume…

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