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Craft-makers encouraged to take inspiration from Rhoda

The late Rhoda Bulter, one of Shetland's most influential dialect writers.

LOCAL craft makers are being invited to create work inspired by the poems of Rhoda Bulter for the 2017 award named after the late dialect writer.

This year’s Rhoda Bulter Award competition is for an art wall-hanging using materials and techniques such as collage, tapestry, weaving, wool, felting, printing, knitting or whatever feels appropriate.

People can choose one of three of Rhoda’s poems to use as the basis for the artwork. The poems are Fragrance, Gjaan fir da Airrents and Ebb Draemin.

The Bulter family, Dennis and Rhoda’s sons and daughters, present the award and judge the entries.

Speaking on behalf of his brothers and sisters, John Bulter said: “Da competition is intended ta inspire an excite fok aboot Shetlan an da Shetlan dialect.

“A piece o art, suitable fir hingin on a waa, gies immense scope for fok ta explore dir senses an provides great opportunities for creativity ta blossom.”

He went on to explain the choice of these particular poems: “We felt dat da poems provided a very wide range o possible inspiration on different levels, an wi different senses. Dir’s enormous scope fur interpretation an translation intae a unique piece o art.”

The competition is administered on behalf of the family by dialect promotion group Shetland ForWirds. Its convener David Cooper feels “it’s really worthwhile fir wis ta be involved wi celebratin someen it wis, an continues ta be, a vital pairt o wir language an cultural heritage.”

The closing date for entries, which must be no bigger than 750mm x 750mm (30” x 30”) is 31 August 2017. It’s hoped to exhibit a selection of the entries at the Shetland Museum and Archives.

  • For further details and information about the competition rules contact info@shetlanddialect.org.uk or ring Mary Blance on (01595) 694104. The relevant poems can be found on the Shetland ForWirds website at www.shetlanddialect.org.uk.