Heather McDermott studied Jewellery and Silversmithing at Edinburgh College of Art before completing an MA in 2011. She then returned home to the town of Aird, in the Isle of Skye, where she takes inspiration from the ever-changing shoreline and landscape.
“The tideline of Skye is a treasure trove of unique objects discarded from the urban environment and deposited by the power of the Hebridean swell. Here rope, wood and plastic take on a subtler identity as wind and wave shape and re-shape form and colour. These inspirational scenes are developed and translated in my work by utilising shapes and colours. Unconventional in size and structure, each piece is an expression of sculptural form and is designed to create a statement. The continually changing shoreline is my constant source of inspiration and my current collection ‘tidal surge’ is the contemporary interpretation of these surroundings.” – Heather McDermott, 2016