We were in Stornoway - our first visit and a fleeting one. I had noticed a few sculptures around, but it was a sheer delight to encounter this one. The plaque said that she is a Herring Girl, by Charles Engerbresten and Virginia Hutchison. I just love the attention to exquisite detail, the basket, the knitwear, the fish. The makers worked with local craftspeople to recreate them, and the sculpture was cast from life.
another Herring Girl in another car park - something to look forward to seeing on our next visit.) The herring industry was an important one for Scotland and the women played a vital part. I had heard of them previously in connection with the North East coast of Scotland, but had never seen any commemoration as beautiful as this.
In beginning research for the links here I found the ceramic work of Katie Scarlett Howard.
Her researches, and her work, with the impact which the sculpture in Stornoway made on me, have inspired me.