David’s design is a journey through Isobel’s life, adventures and inner inquietude.
THE DREAM Isobel hasn’t yet begun her adventures. Since childhood she has loved the outdoors and adventure. As a woman she doesn’t have the freedom she would like. Instead, she devotes her energies to writing, and it is not until the sudden deaths of her brothers and father that she seriously contemplates escape. This section is a representation of her wanderlust, flying far from the Castle on coloured canoes, which will be so vital to her experience.
WORDS Isobel was a polyglot: by the time she was an adult she could speak Italian, Gaelic, Greek, Hebrew, Danish, Icelandic, Greenlandic and some Inuit words. She was as well a remarkable writer of poetry, prose and articles for the National Geographic and many journals and newspapers. This section is a celebration of her love of Words.
PLANTS Botany was a lifelong passion for Isobel and a “door” to funding her travels and gaining permission to explore closed countries such as Greenland. The plants she collected during her life are stored at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew and Edinburgh and at the British Museum. This is a celebration of her love to plants and botanical research, her meticulous
archiving, notes and poetry attached to her botanical findings.
PEOPLE LANDSCAPES For David, the most inspiring side of Isobel is her undoubtable love for people. Her writing is full of personal anecdotes and descriptions of communities she encountered. But it is in her films that you can notice most clearly this deep respect and admiration of humans. Many of her short films show people laughing, fishermen playing in canoes, children playing with their slides, dancing or feeding dogs… Images full of joy. Isobel bring to us a cheerful portraiture of northern people.
THE TRAVELLER Isobel was a flexible traveller, and she often had to alter her itinerary to accommodate new circumstances. She was able to change schedules, modes of transport, and even her route. The hanging pieces on this section emphasise just the course of her journey: the thin line of maps Isobel’s route, but with no map behind. Her journey is a personal experience, more intimate and life-changing than something merely geographical.
Edinburgh-based David Mola is a glass artist working in stained and bespoke kiln-glass. Much of David’s inspiration is derived from nature and distilled into simple structures and striking designs, and the works he creates are often intended to integrate with natural surroundings, at once harmonious and unexpected.
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