Cumming has illustrated and written for a number of Shetland and Scottish publications. A collection of catalogues and publications is listed below.
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Collaborations with Poets:
“Reflections” is a collaborative work with poet Yvonne Gray; a collection of poems and drawings from the landscape of Ootertoon, near Stromness. The publication is dedicated to the late Sylvia Wishart.
“Mailboats” was a collaborative project involving poets and visual artists from Orkney and Shetland. Artists and poets were paired randomly. Each artist made a flotation device to contain a poem. The poems were launched from a fishing boat off Skerries in Shetland.
Working the Map
Sponsored by RSPB, Orkney Nature Festival and Cape Farewell, “Working the Map” is an anthology of writings, poems and illustrations about islanders in a changing environment. It includes conversations with farmers and fishermen as well as essays by naturalists and archival observations. The drawings for this publication were done as a visual diary in a small handmade sketchbook crafted by Fiona Cumming. The book includes poems by Morag MacInnes, Yvonne Gray and Pamela Beasant.
I really enjoyed the variety of different voices, the reminiscences, and the creative meditations in this handsomely-produced book, superbly illustrated by John Cumming, and anyone with an interest in nature, the environment, Orkney (and Shetland, for there are a few Shetland voices and references as well) would, I am certain, do likewise.
Available to buy in Stromness Books and Prints, the Shetland Times Bookshop and other good bookshops.