Lindsey’s interest in Caithness stone and everything that goes with it, started when she moved back to her home county after living away for 20 years. She picked up a stone from her garden in Scrabster and wondered what she could make with it. This was in 2015, in 2016 she received an award from VACMA which enabled her to purchase a large stone cutting machine and this allowed her to create interesting experimental jewellery, and now uses this to cut a variety of stone types from pebbles found on local beaches.
She currently works from her studio in 15 Traill Street Thurso and you can visit her in the gallery Tue-Sat 10-4pm
Lindsey discovered her ancestral connections to the flagstone industry at the start of her journey; her great grandfather worked at the pavement works and his brother was a stonemason in Thurso. On the other side of the family her great great grandfather was a blacksmith in town. An interesting combination of skills to inherit!
Lindsey graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 2000 with a BA 1st class honours in design and applied arts majoring in Jewellery and Silversmithing. She has worked as a jeweller ever since but also continues to create art and successfully enjoys doing this in tandem together, feeding off each other, always relating to Caithness and flagstone.
She discovered Scratchboard when working at Thurso Art Gallery when an exhibition of work by Norwegian artist Karl Espolin Johnson who worked with his fingers being nearly blind, created inspiring work full of darkness and light. She has recently been shortlisted for a landscape art award through The Scottish Arts Trust for her scratch art of Caithness scenes that will be shown in The City Art Centre, Edinburgh in November 2023.Lindsey has recently embarked on recording the local Caithness Crofts having noticed the ones she drew back in 1995 no longer exist and hopes to add personal stories to these works in a bid to highlight that although they stand empty, they hold family history only one generation before.