Following our exhibition in Stromness to celebrate SkyranMOON, we'd like to formally introduce our member Norna Sinclair who began exhibiting with Móti in our 'Drawing Routes' exhibition at the @pierartscentre earlier this year.
Introducing MÓTI Artists and Designers | Norna Sinclair
Norna Sinclair (BA with distinction in Fine Art Textiles from Orkney College UHI @orkneycollegeuhi) is an artist and sculptor from Stromness, where she lives with her family. Aged 17, she began her career at @ortak_jewellery_scotland, working there for 18 years before leaving the company to raise her family. Having always enjoyed working with her hands, she had a talent for making from an early age, happy knocking nails into wood in her grandad’s shed or buzzing away on her granny’s sewing machine. In her ten years of creative courses at Orkney College UHI she threw herself into everything, from embroidery to welding and anything in between. Following her studies, she has taken up a position as Exhibition Assistant at @stromnessmuseum.
Norna enjoys travelling particularly by sea and has chartered yachts both at home and abroad. Her experiences of sailing, along with Stromness’ rich maritime history fed into her solo exhibition ‘We Are Our Journey’ at the The Pier Arts Centre in 2016, where she explored the idea of life’s journey. The passage of time also informs her work with Norna winning a national competition for a jewellery design which reflected the history and mystery of Maeshowe.
As an artist I’m influenced by both the past and my present environment, drawing on more personal experiences and observations to inform my work. Inspiration comes from Orkney's rich Neolithic heritage, its maritime history and present day construction works to develop pieces with layers of meaning that form connections between time and space. As my art practice has developed I have used various materials and techniques to communicate my ideas. Textiles, rope work, printing processes, perspex and more recently concrete and steel have all featured in my work that often incorporates abstract references to me and my family.