Kate Walters' Shetland Notebooks

Art North, March 1 2019

Kate Walters' second book with Guillemot Press, following her Iona Notebooks (2017), is actually two books in one. Aptly titled Shetland Notebooks and Sketchbooks, the two-volume set was launched at the Arusha Gallery, Edinburgh, on 28 February and is the culmination of a series of residencies  and visits to the islands through 2017 and 2018. As a limited edition of 400,  combining visual art and poetry, each edition comes with an original drawing by the artist, too. Walters works in watercolour, monotype and oil, her subject matter being the interaction of hte animal, plant, dream, and human worlds and as she explains, she works shamanically, using a 'hollow bone' technique. It should not escape our notice that her prolific output involves a form of expression not dissimilar to the graphic works and drawings of Joseph Beuys. 


Of Shetland, Walters says: "There's something about the air on Shetland; it's perfumed, clean, full of life, and the colours of Shetland entrance me." Walters' work will be on show at Arusha Gallery until 17 March, and therafter, internationally. Guillemot Press is a small independent publisher. They publish illustrated poetry, single-story pamphlets, postcards, full collections, and other objects.