This rag rug by Margaret Kenny was inspired by a trip to Scotland last year. The visit came about as Margaret was invited to run a rag rugging workshop on Seil Island, one of the slate islands in the Inner Hebrides. There are four slate islands, Easdale, Seil, Luing and Belnahau and as you would expect, the underlying geology of all the islands is slate. The islands were heavily quarried from the 17th century until the 1930’s and this has had a significant impact on the landscape. One of the islands (Eilean-a-beithich) was quarried so heavily that the entire centre of one of the islands was removed leaving only the outer rim, which was eventually eroded by the sea. Margaret was inspired by the dark and beautiful stratified slate landscape of Seil Island.
Another inspiration behind the rag rug was the Ardmaddy Wishing Tree, an ancient gnarled and unfortunately nearly dead Hawthorn tree thought to grant wishes if you embed a coin into its bark.