Machair Weave is an artisan hand-weaving business owned by me, Marie Melnyczuk. I live and work on the Isle of North Uist, one of the islands forming the Outer Hebrides.
North Uist is low-lying and sits on the outermost fringes of NW Scotland where it meets the wild North Atlantic.
I am a professional Artist and Weaver and work from my studio in Knockintorran on the very exposed west side of North Uist. Machair Weave takes its name from the land where I live, the Machair on the North Atlantic coast.
I spend a lot of time outdoors all year round, collecting visual details and recording sounds of the concurrent patterns throughout nature. Working expressively mainly through abstract form; my starting points are either a sound or a minute visual detail of the landscape.
I want to share what I experience living here; the seasons, weather, wind, birdsong, sea, rocks and flowers. The Machair is a unique and fragile eco-system. The land is eroding, biodiversity is threatened and many birds and insects are disappearing. The Machair is about rhythm; the seasons and the crofting cycle, man and land intrinsically bound in a perpetual cycle.