NHS Lothian provides a comprehensive range of primary, community-based and acute hospital services for the second largest residential population in Scotland.

We believe creativity, arts and design should be woven into all our work as there is good evidence that these have a positive effect on wellbeing and health.

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Highland Dancer and Daffodils. Arcadia Series

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Deidre Nelson

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Highland Dancer and Daffodils. Arcadia Series by Deidre Nelson
Embroidery & Digital Print on Silk
77 x 97 cm

Reg. Number: NHSL02375

In the NHS Lothian collection.


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Originally from Ireland, Deirdre Nelson has been based in Glasgow since her graduation from the Glasgow School of Art in 1992. Her work crosses boundaries between traditional craft and contemporary art, often a 'humourous commentary on social and textile history'. She is interested in the movement associated with hand skills, particularly sewing and knitting. This interest has led to projects focusing on the history of textile production, in Scotland and Australia, and how this history interacted with the social fabric of the communities involved. "Research, humour and craft technique allow me to deal with relevant social and environmental issues whilst engaging communities in the process."

In 2000, Deirdre joined a group of textile makers in exhibiting in 'In the Raw' at the Collins Gallery in Glasgow. She researched the lives of needleworkers in Ayrshire and discovered that women laboriously sewing 'white work' would dab their eyes with whisky to soothe them. Drawn to 'the humourous, odd, quirky and anecdotal', this inspired her exhibition 'The Dangers of Sewing and Knitting' in 2005, which presented 20 dangerous facts of working within this environment.

Deirdre describes her life as 'unsettling' but 'very interesting and exciting'. Research is a huge part of her working practise, with extensive experience in school and community contexts. Much of her recent work has been the result of artist's residencies and site specific projects. When asked of her future aspirations, she said 'If possible, I would like to make work in the future which is sustainable, ie. has a life beyond an exhibition or residency.' She has exhibited in Britain and overseas.
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NHS Lothian provides a comprehensive range of primary, community-based and acute hospital services for the second largest residential population in Scotland.

We believe creativity, arts and design should be woven into all our work as there is good evidence that these have a positive effect on wellbeing and health.

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