Casting the Net @Eyemouth for THIS Easter Weekend: Sat 30th March – Sun 31st


Photograph of the bow of Bonaventure in Eyemouth Harbour, Feb 2013 by Helen Douglas

While the weather does its bitterly cold thing (!) this image maybe reminds us of more balmy days by the sea in Eyemouth Harbour, enjoying the fresh salty air and kicking our shoes off and enjoying the feel of sand between our toes. You might still be able to this if you come along to Casting the Net in Eyemouth this weekend but we can’t promise the good weather!


The Fifie, a traditional sailing vessel reconstructed by former Harbour Master Johnny Johnston with a group of young apprentices

What we can promise is weekend to enjoy, something for all the family and we hope you go away having learned a new skill or gained an insight into the current and historical issues relating to the local fishing and textile industries and the connections between Eyemouth and Selkirk.

Borders Art Trust is delighted to be able to be showcasing the Fifie restoration project in the Casting the Net exhibition and you will be able to see the completed boat in the Harbour to admire the hard work that has gone into making it ‘sea-worthy’ again.

WHAT’s ON this Easter weekend Eyemouth only – Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st March 2013 

Over Easter weekend, textiles and fishing will be woven together with story, memory and song at Eyemouth’s Fisherman’s Mission.


Contemporary Gansey Knitwear by Eribé Knitwear, Galashiels

10am – 4pm (Sat & Sun) The Fishermen’s Mission, Harbour Road: ‘Knitting, Knotting & Netting’ Workshop

Come and join in a free drop-in workshop exploring the two Borders traditions of textiles and net making.

Eribé Knitwear, a successful Galashiels company are leading the  ‘knitting, knotting & netting’ workshop in The Mission, Eyemouth Harbour. Together with the knitters, netters and natterers of Eyemouth they will take a contemporary look at gansey knitting, inspire, and in the knitting, patterns and stories will be stitched.

Several levels of workshop open all day from complete beginners and kids to more experienced knitters. There will be demonstrations and examples of old and contemporary Gansey knitting, alongside traditional net makers at work repairing and making new nets. All involved are keen to impart their knowledge to a new generation.

A great opportunity to expand your own skills, have fun, share your own experiences and patterns and admire the skill of the modern day Gansey knitter.

There will also be retired fisherman Alex Thorburn who will tell his yarns and reminisce with extraordinary poetry.


Local Fisherman mending a creel


Contemporary Gansey Knitwear by Eribé Knitwear, Galashiels

10am – 4pm (Sat & Sun) The Fishermen’s Mission, Harbour Road: Exhibition

Exhibition of work by Casting the Net artists, Kevin PedenSam Bain and Mary Morrison.


Photograph of Kevin Peden’s work in progress during his residency in Dickson’s Boat yard, 2013

The Painting of the deck of the ‘Good Hope’ was created on the mezzanine level of the boat yard. This composition was chosen to fully capture and give insight into the  process and stages of the  restoration. However more importantly, the composition was chosen to record the unique form of the boat.

The work was completed on Perspex so the viewer could fully connect with the environment of the boat yard. The painting was designed so that the viewer could also see the fully restored Boat in the courtyard through the transparency of the work and beyond through to the back drop of the harbour.

Completed works:

Deck of the ‘Good Hope’ – Golden Acrylic on Perspex, 2013

‘Propeller, Good Hope’ – Gouache on Mylar Paper, March 2013

‘Propeller, Good Hope’- Acrylic screen Print, March 2013

‘Propeller’, Acrylic Screen Print, March 2013 from Kevin’s residency will be on show in exhibition at The Mission.

atlantic edge I mary morrison iau 250

Atlantic Edge I – (2010) oil/mixed media on board
Mary Morrison’s work is largely informed by the Atlantic archipelago and combines a sense of place with layers of meaning suggested by annotation – of music, mapping, measuring.  Grid references, staves, shipping charts and tide tables recur in my work, and there is often a focus on the transition between land and sea.
Where works have titles referring to specific locations, the intention is to draw on a connection to  these places in order to explore wider themes.  Mary’s work investigates the relationship between the individual and the landscape that has shaped them, something you carry with you – a ‘geography of the mind.’
Other works by Mary Morrison in the Eyemouth exhibition at The Mission include:
Echo I (2011) oil/ mixed media on canvas
Echo II (2011) oil/ mixed media on canvas

Sam Bain Tug boat No 5  copy

Big Tug, 2012

Sam Bain draws on her interest in the world of fishing, shipping and navigation to produce work with strong nautical themes. She incorporates fine detail specifications and measurements from ships, boats and harbours using them as a platform upon which to build her work. The presence of gridding and engineering shorthand in Bain’s work echoes the blueprints used in the design and production of large-scale ships. Upon this grid-work Bain builds up an image constructed from simplified, balanced geometric shapes and sparse composition. The use of oil pastel complements the use of fine details, and gives her work its texture and softness.

Other works by Sam Bain in the Eyemouth exhibition at The Mission include:

Fishing boat & Breakwater 2012

CAST 2011

Breakwater & Boats 2012

BENCH 2011

Tug no 5 2013

Fifie 2013

Robina 2013

4pm The Fishermen’s Mission, Harbour Road: Saturday only LIVE PERFORMANCE

James Wyness: ‘guddle and flype’ sound piece, live performance!

James Wyness works with instrumental, environmental and electronic sound. Using field and studio recordings, hand-made acoustic and electronic instruments and found objects, he creates compositions, live performances, sound installations, work for fixed media and digital publications.

His work is currently directed towards a rigorous investigation of complexity and the materiality of sound. This includes an examination of the forms and spatial behaviours of sound in various natural and architectural listening environments.

guddle and flype  is a live improvised  performance for processed field recordings, melting ice, hydrophones and mixing desk. The material is derived from an investigation of specific aspects of the sonic working environment and its influence on the lives and work of men and women in the Eyemouth fishing industry and the wider seafaring community.

10am-4pm Eyemouth Museum, Auld Kirk, Manse Road:

Exhibition of netting and ganseys. With examples of work from contemporary Gansey designers and makers Eribé Knitwear, Galashiels.


One of Eyemouth Museums Gansey’s


Contemporary Gansey Knitwear by Eribé Knitwear, Galashiels

10am-4pm Harbour Road:

Marvel at the newly renovated Fifie fishing boat, reconstructed by former Harbour Master Johnny Johnston with a group of young apprentices.


10am – 11.30am (Sat only) Pocketful Kids: 18-20 Harbour Road, Eyemouth Harbour, TEL: 018907 51244

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FREE kids workshop with Casting the Net artist Mark Timmins and Pocketful Kids. To be sure of your place please BOOK NOW, but drop-in on the day also available. (Ages 5 – 12 yrs.). Participants at the workshop can expect to draw, cut, knot and weave with a large piece of fishing net and some beautiful woven textiles from Selkirk.

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This weekend should be a great opportunity to drop in and join in, chat and exchange stories and while ‘knitting and nattering’, watching netting being made or taking part in the free Kids workshops at Pocketful working with tweed fabric donated from Lovat’s Mill that something new is passed on to future generations to preserve these timeless skills and to continue their longevity.

Catch up with us tomorrow on how the exhibition is beginning to take shape…


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