Made by Borders, of the Borders

Artist Cheryl Smith works in her Selkirk home using materials she has found outside. Driftwood, floorboards and scraps of material from Lochcarron Mill in Selkirk are among them.
Artist Cheryl Smith works in her Selkirk home using materials she has found outside. Driftwood, floorboards and scraps of material from Lochcarron Mill in Selkirk are among them.

Selkirk is becoming a centre for arts in the Borders, so this week The Wee Paper introduces local artist, living and working out of her dining room studio in Raeburn Place.

Belfast-born Cheryl Smith, who has lived in Selkirk for three years with her husband, son and whippet Roobarb, specialises in mixed-media sculptures inspired by Scottish landscapes, made with materials sourced and reclaimed in the Borders.

“In a nutshell, I make art from local materials that would otherwise be thrown away,” the 27-year-old former Heriot-Watt student said: “The Scottish countryside is the inspiration for my sculptures, with each of my pieces displaying a unique rural scene.

“All of my materials are reclaimed and made or sourced in the Scottish Borders.

“The wood I use in my sculptures ranges from driftwood collected from Borders beaches to 100-year-old floor boards, unwanted furniture and fallen trees – anything interesting I can get my hands on.

“My textiles are sourced from the Borders Scrap Store who stock beautiful fabrics and yarns, including vintage Scottish Tweeds, donated by local textile manufacturers.

Artist Cheryl Smith works in her Selkirk home using materials she has found outside. Driftwood, floorboards and scraps of material from Lochcarron Mill in Selkirk are among them.

Artist Cheryl Smith works in her Selkirk home using materials she has found outside. Driftwood, floorboards and scraps of material from Lochcarron Mill in Selkirk are among them.

“It’s an eco-friendly way of working, and helps Borders businesses, and it makes my work authentic: made by the of the 
Borders, of the Borders.”

Cheryl is exhibiting her home-themed artworks in a spring show at No. 4 Gallery in St Abbs, Lauder’s Flat 
Cat Gallery in June, and 
year-round in the Moy Mackay gallery in Peebles. Her work is also on display at Cut The Mustard in Langholm.

Alternatively, you can view her creations at www.bycherylsmith.com.