The Crofters

The Crofters

Phoebe Jones

‘The Crofters’ is a series of three images, realised as silk-screen prints. Following three parts of the day (the dawn, the shieling, the ceilidh), the images explore the bonds of friendship and community established through living in small, remote settlements in northern Scotland in the 18th century. I wanted to explore these themes as a way to illuminate my perception of the relationships and collective-identity in areas where all that remains now are a scattering of stones. Growing up in the Highlands, tumbled down cottages are a familiar sight. It felt important to me to re-animate the lives they once held, acknowledging the rich stories dictated by work and pleasure which took place there, and bringing them to a contemporary audience.

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