In 2021 mother and daughter storytellers: Jean and Amanda Edmiston, were generously awarded an Andy Hunter Bursary to create a multi-faceted project: Handing On.
Handing On is a project created around a personal journey undertaken by Jean and Amanda to distil and create a tangible form that makes their interdisciplinary storytelling practice something that can be shared.
The project will comprise a series of online elements, workshops, mentoring opportunities and connections.
And a showcase performance at The Scottish Storytelling Centre in Edinburgh thanks to a commission from the Scottish International Storytelling Festival 2021.
This page will grow and develop over the next few months, with places to tap into the work and follow the projects development so do come back and check in as we add more material or catch up with what we're doing on social media by following the hashtags #handingon and #botanicafabula
To Hand on
To create value in an everyday or overlooked small item
because of the story it holds.
To share love and wisdom
To facilitate transitions.
To carry onwards beyond transitional times.
Was born in Aberdeen in 1946. Her sculptor father’s passion for the natural landscape and its stories meant the family went long walks in all weathers, exploring!
Out of this childhood grew her own love for stories, place and art.
One of Jeans enduring passions is working with textiles: dyeing, printing and creating clothes. During the '70's and '80's she developed a successful business with a retail outlet in York ‘Showspace’.
But life events in late ‘80s meant sudden change for Jean, and she had to find new creative ways to survive. She discovered storytelling with Mary Medlicott as her guide and mentor.
Now with over 30 years’ experience of working full time as a storyteller and writer with community projects, schools, arts organisations, museums, she is 'considering' retirement!
‘I have been fortunate and privileged to work over the years with some wonderful people and amazing artists, now I am officially retired, but will always be a storyteller, always creative, and working with my fabulous daughter developing a new project and ‘Handing On’.
Amanda Edmiston, Botanica Fabula.
Was brought up telling stories; she first learnt about plants and recipes from her gran who still remembered traditional remedies and folklore and has been mentored by her mum: Jean, who has been a storyteller for over 30 years.
After studying herbal medicine, Amanda found it natural to start bringing together stories, plants, and magical places together, drawing on the Scottish storytelling tradition, but in her own unique way.
She has been showcasing her work for the past 10 years, creating combinations of stories and art for projects including the Ruglen Ropewalk with Grow 73 and The Very Curious Herbal.
“I've always been fascinated by plants and the stories around them, I love how their use reveals the way we connect to each other and our natural environment.
I love to weave together facts, folklore, traditional tales, history and herbal remedies using traditional storytelling techniques, which I then combine, creating a rich multi-sensory tapestry".
Creating Handing On
Changing worlds, Forvie Sands~Creating stories and revisiting memories for Handing On August 2021
Creating the stories and revisiting the places, the memories that are beginning to form Handing ON.
The stories that belong to the objects are what creates the value
Stories make things worth more than gold.
Once this railway carriage carried people in journeys.
To see family and friends, to reunite lovers, to take people away from danger, to find new things and places, to take them to relax by the sea.
It found its way to Forvie sands where for years my mum remembers the ranger who looked after the reserve lived there, checking folk cared for this magical place, collecting discarded birds eggs to explain the ecology to visitors.
Now it is as wind blown as the dunes themselves... the carriage, now discarded itself, shares a speck of its rust to add to the mordant and leads us to the first plants that will dye the cloth that will help tell the story of Handing On.