Isabel MacKay is a tune written about a young girl attending a shealing in northernmost Scotland. Cill Chriosda is a tune about the burning of a church.
These screen prints separate the text of the canntaireachd into four weights, based on the relative length of the notes. The colours are taken from a larger palette, informed by traditional colours of Scottish wool used in weaving tartan.
Working from the same basis as the Gesto Canntaireachd, the specific colours used in these prints are associated with the notes which occur in the tune.
The letterpress prints shown here are expressive typographic illustrations of the rhythm associated with three different sets of canntaireachd vocables.