In August 2013 we set sail from Stromness on our second Sea Change expedition, aboard Lerwick community boat The Swan, with a crew of 27 artists, scientists and informers. More ›

The Crew

The expedition crew of 27 includes a wide range of scientific and creative folk.
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Stromness Harbour at night

Photo by Jen Wilcox

Silver Darlings

At John and Fiona Cumming’s house looking over to Hoy, we watched the Scrabster ferry plunge into the streaming dark sea, wind and rain in loud gusts on the windows. A hare hunched, ears flat against its back, and a farmer called a sheep down from the green sides of an old quarry with a... Read more ›

Gin Socks

Gin Socks, 2005 (1 pint of gin = 3 socks)
Since 2005 I have visited Shetland researching textiles there and working with various groups through Shetland Arts. My visits to Shetland have been very much land based though I have come across many interesting pieces of social history relating to the sea, trade and travellers. I have heard about a knitter on a boat to... Read more ›


Shipping Forecast – Issued: 1030 UTC Wed 14 Aug Wind: Southwest, backing south or southeast, 3 or 4, increasing 5 or 6 for a time. Sea State: Slight or moderate. Weather: Occasional rain, fog patches later. Visibility: Moderate or good, occasionally very poor later. Just five days until the first group of Northern Isles expedition artists and... Read more ›


We raised from the moor dark slabs of peat lifted from the depths with our soiled hands and feet   Hard and fast upon the tusker before laying each to dry flat upon the heather, allowing wind and sky   To perform their part in our labours; placing them too in stacks beside which our... Read more ›


Sphagnum moss remembers. It recalls the touchdown of each lark that tumbles down upon its surface, the slightness of that weight recorded in the tendrils of each stem. It anticipates the appetites of flocks which graze upon that wasteland when the rare haze of summer-heat crisps heather. The constant tide and toll of weather. Snow... Read more ›