Welcome to our Edinburgh exhibition and events in November. This month we focus on Design Futures in Scotland: the Circular Economy, our repurposing efforts, sustainable material and product innovations, holistic community development and the tough choices faced by producers and consumers.

Our Regional Scottish focus is The Highlands and our European focus is on Scotland’s linen links to Northern Ireland.

Our creative cluster of events this month:

The Thursday evening begins with an open viewing of the exhibition at 5.30pm, drinks served from 6pm, convening for our talk at 6.30pm sharp and drawing the event to a close around 8pm.

Registration via EVENTBRITE 

November Lead Image courtesy of Trish Belford

Event Images: ‘Weave’ courtesy of Helena Loermanns, ‘Flax Fields 2’ courtesy of Lorna Brown

Events

Weavers Tales at Summerhall with Susie Redman

Fri, 15 November 2019 from 13:30 to 14:15

Friday 15 November 1.30pm to 2.15pm

Capacity is limited: please reserve a place via EVENTBRITE

For ‘Weavers Tales’, Journeys in Design invites a series of Guest Weavers to attend our Friday events at Summerhall. From 1.30pm – 2.15pm, Weavers Tales is an informal chat by our Guest Weavers about material, practice and product.

20 September with James Donald: creating and marketing product

11 October with Marnie Collins: weave design and industry links

15 November with Susie Redman: choosing yarn, colour and weave

17 January with Ian Dale: heritage of hand loom weaving in Scotland

Attendees of the preceding Wild Weaving Workshop are automatically offered a place for Weavers Tales at Summerhall

Design in a Sustainable Scotland

Thu, 14 November 2019 from 18:30 to 20:00

Design in a Sustainable Scotland

Design Talk, Dovecot Studios, 10 Infirmary Street, Edinburgh EH1 1LT

With an Expert Panel bringing international perspective to the debate in Scotland, join us to discuss the potential of material innovation, community and the circular economy in designing a sustainable Scotland.

Our Talk commences at 6.30pm and is preceded by an opportunity to enjoy the current exhibition Our Linen Stories, open from 5.30pm with soft drinks served from 6pm.

Leading tonight’s discussion are four dynamic provocateurs:

Lynn Wilson is a circular economy consultant, public speaker and thought leader specialising in the apparel and textiles sector, in September 2019 delivering her TEDx Bath talk about the future of fashion and the circular economy. From 2013 to 2017 Lynn was part of the pioneering Circular Economy team at Zero Waste Scotland working to develop circular business models, founded Circular Economy Wardrobe in 2017 to engage consumers in circular clothing systems and is currently a PhD candidate at the Adam Smith Business School, Glasgow University.

Lynn is a partner in the United Nations Consumer Programme led by Consumer International and delivering on UN Sustainable Development Goal 12 and is a non-executive director of Architecture and Design Scotland

Trish Belford is Senior Research Fellow at the Art and Design Institute, University of Ulster in Belfast with an interest in material innovation. Trish has straddled the worlds of academia and commercial innovation since graduation, establishing Belford Prints in 1986, a 30-strong textile company in London supplying the high-end fashion market. Trish has explored the development of weave for use in hybrid textile and concrete wall panels and co-founded a small spin off company called Tactility Factory in 2005 with Ruth Morrow, Professor of Architecture at Queen’s University Belfast, bringing to market ‘a more human and tactile architectural surface’. Her Linen Lace Concrete wall panels were engineered in collaboration with MYB Textiles Scotland.

John Ferguson is a Social Entrepreneur motivated to tackle climate injustice through ethical business and international development. He is a graduate of the Scottish Agricultural College with a Masters in Tropical Agricultural Development from Reading University and is a former Enterprise Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. John has spent several years working with small-scale farmers in East Africa. His focus is on sisal, a sustainable fibre crop with a huge range of environmentally friendly applications. With a Scottish base in Midlothian, The East Africa Sisal Company Limited produces strong biodegradable fabrics for a variety of environmental applications supplied to the UK market.

Marnie Collins is Assistant Professor of Textile Design at Heriot-Watt University. Having graduated from Philadelphia College of Textiles and Sciences, Marnie worked as Head Colourist at Fortsmann and Co Inc, New York City studios, the third largest privately owned worsted and woollen woven fabric manufacturer in USA. After moving to Scotland in 1990, Marnie co-founded luxury wall-coverings company Decoupage, manufacturing for high-end residential and commercial markets, based in and inspired by the Scottish Borders. At Heriot Watt School of Textiles and Design Marnie has a particular interest in the relevance that provenance holds for heritage textile crafts.

Wild Weaving at Summerhall

Fri, 15 November 2019 from 11:00 to 12:30

For complete beginners – a workshop and informal talk about weaving.

Inspired by the weavers met during Our Linen Story Tours in Scotland, Journeys in Design is supporting the development of local ‘Wild Weaving’ workshops.

In Edinburgh our Inaugural Workshop Lead is weaver Akshata Mokashi MA (Distinction) HWU Textile and Design. Akshata is joined by Guest Weavers to discuss elements of Weaving Practice. We are delighted to partner with Artiscience Library and Summerhall.

Attendees weave the weft of a pre-warped frame using materials found during a preceding walk in The Meadows, harnessing the hand-crafting and meditative benefits of walking and weaving. Dress for the weather. All materials and light refreshments provided.

Following a lunch break, workshop attendees are invited to stay for an informal talk by our Guest Weavers from 1.30pm to 2.15pm which is also open to others (capacity 30 in total).

Weavers Tales at Summerhall with Susie Redman

Fri, 15 November 2019 from 13:30 to 14:45

Susie Redman: Choosing yarn, colour and weave

About this Event

Susie Redman, weaver at Platform Studios in Burntisland in Fife, shares her thoughts on yarn and colour and her experiments in hand loom weaving.

For ‘Weavers Tales’, Journeys in Design invites a series of Guest Weavers to attend our Friday events at Summerhall. From 1.30pm – 2.15pm, Weavers Tales is an informal chat by our Guest Weavers about material, practice and product.

Attendees of the preceding Wild Weaving Workshop are automatically offered a place for Weavers Tales at Summerhall

Design Focus at Dovecot November

Sat, 16 November 2019 from 11:30 to 12:30

This is the third in our series: Design Focus Dovecot taking place on four Saturday mornings through our time at Dovecot Studios.

Curator John Ennis offers an introduction to Our Linen Stories exhibition and we are joined by Guest Designers for a deep dive into material, process and product.

Design Focus Dovecot is part of our regular ‘creative cluster’ of events, this month under the banner ‘Sustaining Futures’ which also features our Twilight Talks about Design, Weaving Workshops, Weavers Tales and the latest of our Walks by Design, Walking Linen Talking Shop (Saturday Strolls in Edinburgh’s Old Town).

November Events // Sustaining Futures

Talking Shop: a Saturday Stroll in November

Sat, 16 November 2019 from 13:30 to 15:00

Walking Linen, Talking Shop: a 90-minute stroll through Edinburgh’s Old Town.

Emerging from Our Linen Stories and coincident with our exhibition at Dovecot Studios, help us trace linen links to the capital’s retail and commercial development while spotting contemporary design interventions en route. Assemble inside Dovecot Studios. Dress for the weather with footwear to tackle Edinburgh’s rambling streets.

This event is part of the Walks by Design initiative established by Journeys in Design in 2015, celebrating creative interventions past and present during 90 minute walks in urban localities throughout Scotland.