Inspired by a local tablecloth hand stitched by Miss Custer in the 1940’s, featuring signatures of 125 RAF personnel, I'm creating two unique tributes as markers of this time for my Caithness Artist in Residence project hosted by Lyth Arts Centre.
PUT YOUR NAME TO A NEW PROJECT. A call out for people in the Caithness and North Sutherland. Have you felt isolated during the pandemic? Are you a key worker or a carer? Inspired by a local table cloth that became a poignant memento of service men in World War II, Caithness Artist in Residence Joanne B Kaar is creating two unique tributes as markers of this time for her new project, TEXTiles. Hand stitched by Miss Custer in the 1940’s, the ‘Custer Tablecloth’ features the signatures of 125 RAF personnel who were based at Castletown Airfield during the Second World War. Donated by the Custer family, it is now part of the Castletown Heritage Society collection at Castlehill in Caithness.
Inspired by this, Joanne will now create a new ‘TEXTile’ by hand stitching the names of carers from across the county onto a care-workers uniform. A second garment will feature the names of anyone in our northern community who have felt increasingly isolated throughout the pandemic. Joanne is particularly keen to hear from older people and elders in our community who would like their experience to be acknowledged and remembered.
Visit the Lyth Arts Centre website for more info about TEXTiles, and how to submit names for Joanne to stitch. The new TEXTiles, once finished will be donated to Castletown Heritage Society.