Hildaland is a hidden island, said to rise in the mist between two tides. When spotted by a sailor, they had to sail towards it without taking their eyes off it, for if they did it would vanish. There have been very few sightings of vanishing islands in recent years, however few have been looking. Hildaland is about looking for hidden islands, places affected by rural out-migration of young people, poor transport links and reduced internet access. Through interactive community workshops and meeting local craftspeople across the UK, Hildaland has found the magic in discovering, remembering and knowing traditions, people and stories without ever looking away – just in case they vanish.
Image credits (from top):
Cover image: Bay o Ryasgeo, 2018
1. Alphabet Jumper by Anne, 2018
2. Tangles, 2018
3. Beachcomber, RSPB volunteer Lewis wearing knitwear by Ranura Edirisinghe, 2018
4. Blowing a hoolie, 2018
5. Claerted, Dad wearing buoys found by the shore, 2018
6. Fairly Feral Flock, North Ronaldsay, 2018
7. Oot by, Jack wearing coat by Hanna Burgess, 2018
8. Saet, Assembled bruck from Bossack Civic Amenities Site, 2018
9. Bay o Ryasgeo, 2018
10. Somepiece, North Ronaldsay, 2018
11. The Stoat Wife, Heather Woodbridge wearing found materials and shorts by Ranura Edirisinghe, 2018
Alannah Eileen is exhibiting as part of Rewind/Rewild at OmVed Gardens, London 1st-7th May 2019.
Curated by by Anna Souter and Beatrice Searle. Featuring Rodrigo Arteaga, Marcus Coates, Alannah Eileen, Julia Crabtree & William Evans, Hannah Imlach, Fiona MacDonald : Feral Practice, Beatrice Searle, Anna Skladmann and Amy Stephens.
Rewilding Forum, 4th May 2019, OmVed Gardens, London
Speakers include European Nature Trust & Alladale Wilderness Reserve, Dr Jonathon Prior, Dr Darren Evans, Dominick Tyler, Dr Poppy Nichol, London National Park City, PiM Studio Architects, Dr Stephen Head, Anna Skladmann, Dr Susan Baker, Fiona MacDonald : Feral Practice, Tom Jeffreys.
Book your tickets here.
Read Rewind/Rewild co-curator Anna Souter’s essay on Rewilding the Exhibition.