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Crossbost Harris Tweed

Tikukula tinaphunzitsidwa kunyumba kwa zaka zingapo, ndipo panthawiyi amayi athu ankatithandiza kuyesa mitundu yonse ya ntchito za nsalu kuphatikizapo kufewetsa, kufa, kupota ndi kuluka. Nditachezera Isle of Harris kwa nthawi yoyamba ndinakondana ndi Harris Tweed ndipo ndinalota kupanga nsalu yanga.  Amayi anga anandigulira tebulo pamwamba pa harris loom pa tsiku langa lobadwa ndipo ndinayesa ulusi, mitundu  ndi mapangidwe. Paulendo wina ku zilumba zaka zingapo pambuyo pake ndinatha kutenga nawo mbali mu gawo lozungulira lomwe linawonjezera chidwi changa chopanga nsalu zanga.

  Ndinadzigulira gudumu lopota ndikuyesera kupota, kufa ndi ulusi wanga, ndi kuluka nsalu zokongola. Maloto anga oluka harris tweed sindinawaganizirepo mozama ngati lingaliro losamukira ku Zilumba likuwoneka ngati losatheka.

Zaka zingapo pambuyo pake, komabe, ndinali wofunitsitsa kusamuka ku Wirral, kumene ndinali kukhala pa yunivesite, ndipo ndinali kutsanulira mitengo ya katundu pamene ndinazindikira, tikhoza kutero. Ndinauza amayi ndi azing’ono anga kuti ine ndi mwamuna wanga tinali kukonzekera kusamukira ku Chisumbu cha Lewis, koma osakhumudwa iwo anati abweranso! Apa ndipamene chisangalalo chinayamba kuti mwina kukhala woluka sikunali kosatheka ...

Patadutsa zaka ziwiri ndipo ndinali nditagula malo ku Crossbost ndipo mlongo wanga adagula nyumba yocheperako ku Ranish. Tinasamukira m'dzinja  2017, ku nyumba yopanda kutenthetsa, yopanda kutsekereza, pansi pa konkriti, mazenera osweka ndikusowa masitepe! Maloto anga oti ndidzakhale mmisiri woluka nsalu anafika powotchera nsana chifukwa ndinalibe ndalama komanso panalibenso malo oluka oti adikire.

Miyezi khumi nditasamuka komabe ndinali kuyankhula ndi woluka nsalu wa m'deralo mu shopu momwe ndimagulitsa zovala zanga ndi miyala yamtengo wapatali ndipo ndinatchula chikhumbo changa chokhala woluka. Kulankhula naye kunayatsanso chisangalalo chimenecho ndipo ndinayamba kuyang'ana mozama kuti ndikwaniritse maloto anga. Woluka nsalu yemweyo atandiimbira patangopita milungu ingapo kundiuza kuti wandipezera nsalu yoluka, ndinaganiza zongopita basi!

Kutegwa tugwasyigwe amukwasyi, twakasala kubamba cisamu cipati camuunda. Zopereka zowolowa manja zazinthu, ngongole yaku banki komanso kulembera mwachangu pambuyo pake ndili ndi malo abwino kwambiri omwe mtsikana angafune!

Mu 2018 ndinapambana mayeso anga, ndinatulutsa mpukutu wanga woyamba wolipiridwa pa mphero ndikusuntha nsalu yoluka mu shedi yanga yatsopano, tsopano ndikuluka mapangidwe anga apadera, ndikugulitsa nsalu zina ndikugwiritsa ntchito zina kupanga zovala zanga, zikwama, zovala zapakhomo ndi zowonjezera. Mu 2019 ndinaphunzitsa mlongo wanga kuluka. Atapambana mayeso ake ndikukhala woluka wolembetsedwa, tsopano amaluka pansalu yanga kuti andithandizire kukulitsa zomwe ndimapanga popeza ndinali ndi mwana wamkazi mu Epulo 2020 zomwe zachepetsa nthawi yanga yoluka!

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Zojambula za Western Isles

Ndili mwana ndinali ndi mwayi wodabwitsa kukhala ndi mayi yemwe, kuyambira pomwe tidatha, adatilimbikitsa kusoka, kuluka, kujambula, kujambula ndi kulemba. Patchuthi tinkasunga ma diaries ndi sketchbook, kunyumba timapanga zovala za barbies zaposachedwa, kuluka ubweya wathu wachisanu ndikupenta nkhalango yodabwitsa yomwe tinkakhala. Kupanga kwanga koyamba ndekha kunali chovala cha satin chokhala ndi masamba a pinki a barbie chomwe ndidanyadira nacho. Kuyambira pamenepo nthawi zonse ndinali kutuluka makina osokera ndikuyesera. Zina mwa ntchito zoyambirira zomwe ndimayang'ana m'mbuyo ndikungodandaula!

Zaka 19 ndimagwira ntchito m'sitolo yogulitsira zovala za amuna ku Birkenhead, ndipo kuchokera pamenepo ndimasaka mutu kuti ndiyang'anire osoka odziyimira pawokha pomwe ndidasinthanso zovala. Izi zinandipatsa mwayi wopeza dziko la nsalu ndi mapangidwe, ndikumanga chidziwitso changa pakuyeza, kupanga ndi kusoka zovala komanso kundipangitsa kuti ndigulitse matumba, zikopa, zodzikongoletsera ndi zipangizo kudzera mu sitolo.

Ndinapanga maloto anga kupita ku Outer Hebrides mu autumn 2017. Kuchokera ku studio yanga kumudzi wawung'ono wa Crossbost ku Isle of Lewis ndimagwira ntchito pa zolengedwa zanga. Izi zimagulitsidwa kudzera pasitolo yanga ya studio, pa intaneti komanso malo anga ogulitsa ku Stornoway mu shopu yatsopano ya 2020, The Empty House! 

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Zodzikongoletsera za Western Isles

Kukulira mu Nkhalango ya Dean ndikukhala maholide ku Outer Hebrides Ndinalimbikitsidwa ndi chilengedwe kuyambira ndili wamng'ono kwambiri. Nthawi zonse ndinkatolera masamba, nthambi, zipolopolo, miyala, mafupa osangalatsa ndi nthenga. Ndiye kuganiza; tsopano nditani ndi izi? Kupanga ziwonetsero, kupanga zojambulajambula zowoneka bwino 'zosangalatsa' komanso kudzaza nyumba m'njira yokhutiritsa. Atasamukira ku Isle of Lewis ku Outer Hebrides m'dzinja la 2017 chizolowezi cha magpie chinapitilira ndi mwayi wodabwitsa woperekedwa ndi magombe oyera oyera omwe ali ndi zipolopolo zowoneka bwino, zokongola komanso zosiyanasiyana. Chinali chikhumbo changa kuwonetsa mwatsatanetsatane muzopeza zilizonse zomwe zidapangitsa kuti pakhale miyala yamtengo wapatali ya Western Isles Jewellery.

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Zithunzi za Western Isles Art

Ndakhala ndikujambula ndikupenta koma osaphunzitsidwa kupitilira Art ya GCSE nthawi zonse ndimaganiza kuti palibe amene angafune kugula zojambula zanga. Ndidagulitsadi zithunzi zingapo za ziweto ku koleji, koma uku kunali kukulira kwa luso langa lojambula! Komabe nditasamukira kuno ndidayenera kujambula ndikujambula nyama zakuthengo ndi mawonekedwe ozungulira ine ndipo nditagawana nawo pa Facebook ndinali ndi malonda anga awiri oyamba! Izi zinandipatsa chidaliro choyesa ntchito yanga pachiwonetsero cham'deralo ndipo adagulitsa nthawi yomweyo. Kuyambira pamenepo luso langa lawonjezeka ndi chidaliro changa pa nkhani yanga, chinthu chomwe chimakhutiritsa kwambiri kuyang'ana mmbuyo. Ndimakonda kujambula malo ozungulira - makamaka nthawi zosakhalitsa monga kutuluka kwa dzuwa, kulowa kwa dzuwa, matalala, mafunde ndi zina zotero. Ndili ndi zokonda zanga - ma puffin makamaka - komanso ndimakonda kutsutsidwa ndi nyama zatsopano ndipo ndine wokondwa kuvomera makomiti a zochitika zinazake kapena nyama zakuthengo. 

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Kodi ndili kuti tsopano?

2021 inali chaka chambiri! Msungwana wathu Rosie-May adabadwa Epulo 2020 ndipo tsopano akungoyendayenda ndikuyambitsa chipwirikiti ndipo amafuna kutenga nawo mbali pazonse zomwe ndimachita. Amakonda kusoka, kujambula, kujambula ndi kusewera piyano. Nyengo ino inali yotanganidwa kwambiri komanso yayitali kwambiri, yokhala ndi alendo ambiri mpaka kumapeto kwa Okutobala! Tsopano ndatsegula mwa kupangana kuyambira Novembala mpaka 1 Epulo kuti andipatse nthawi yochulukirapo ndi Rosie. Pakali pano tikukonzekera nkhosa ndikukonzekera zaka zikubwerazi, komanso kukonzekera Khrisimasi ndi madongosolo anga onse a bespoke! Tikuyembekezera nyengo ya zikondwerero, ndikuyembekeza nonse muli ndi zabwino!  

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