Morag Archer

Born in Caithness, the northerly tip of the UK mainland, you could say Morag Archer was a teenager well prepared for a remote rural life when her family decided on a fairly spontaneous move to Skye in the early 1980s.  At that time Skye had no bridge and the ferry was the only connection with the outside world. Like many younger folk from the islands Morag moved away to the city lights, first to study in Edinburgh where she completed her degree in Woven Tapestry and then down to England where she retrained in early years Education.

It is often said Skye never leaves you. Whilst Morag was away she was still yearning to return and she did return, both to the island and her creative roots. Her Collage style developed from her textile design methods; she often used collage as a medium for her design ideas. The collage process soon became Morag's main focus and later her style began to include upcycled materials. Morag loves creating something beautiful from something which has lost its purpose. She uses anything that will stick, even sweet wrappers find their way into her work. (It's also a brilliant excuse to buy extra Tunnocks teacakes which have fabulous foil wrappers!)

Morag's urge to create magic from lost items led her into the world of mosaics. She found she could combine lovely old broken vintage china with clay to make little picture treasures. Birds are her main inspiration. A few winters ago she spent a long time watching and feeding the birds in her woodland garden; finding them so fascinating and how each one seems to have its own personality, perfect for her quirky mosaics.