By Alexandra Dunn
Image provided by Alexandra Dunn
I decided on something meaningful to me. The Newtonmore Shinty crest - many of our family have been players. The snow, heather and bog cotton representing the seasons. Wild raspberries for wonderful jam. The Chanterelles for delicious meals. The history of St. Brides church and cemetery for the lucky reed cross and the well of the Alder where locals drew water for years.
Many thanks to Alexandra Dunn for sharing with us the story behind her journey stone, created as part of the Tapestry of the Highlands and Islands.
WHAT IS A JOURNEY STONE?
Prior to the beginning of the stitching of each tapestry panel, each stitcher of the Tapestry of the Highlands and Islands was tasked with telling their interpretation of the 'Spirit of the Highlands and Islands' within a blank outline of a stone. The possibilities were truly endless - is it represented in the land? The people? A historical site? A favourite memory?
In any case, each journey stone represents the connection between each individual stitcher, their story, and their own sense, or 'spirit', of place. Discover more of the stories behind the journey stones of the Tapestry of the Highlands and Islands here.