Welcome to our Edinburgh exhibition and events in October. This month we focus on Nurturing Design Talent in Scotland, the components of a generative design environment: education, awards, patronage, support agencies, the gallery and museum sector and journalism.

Our Regional Scottish focus is The Borders and our European focus is on Scotland’s linen links to Belgium.

Our creative cluster of events this month:

  • Wild Weaving Workshop at Summerhall / assembling inside Summerhall, Friday 11 October, 11am to 12.30pm
  • Weavers Tales at Summerhall / an early afternoon discussion with Marnie Collins, Friday 11 October, 1.30pm to 2.15pm
  • Design Focus at Dovecot / an informal guide with curator John Ennis and Guest Designers, Saturday 12 October, 11.30am to 12.30pm
  • A Saturday Stroll in Edinburgh’s Old Town / assembling inside Dovecot, then Walking Linen and Talking Shop 1.30pm to 3pm

October Lead Image ‘Flax Fields’ courtesy of Lorna Brown

Event Images: ‘Weave’ courtesy of Helena Loermanns, ‘Flax Fields 2’ courtesy of Lorna Brown, Marnie Collins with kind permission


Weavers Tales at Summerhall with Marnie Collins

Friday 11 October 1.30pm to 2.15pm

Capacity is limited: please reserve a place via EVENTBRITE 

Marnie Collins is a teaching fellow in Textile Design and Deputy Director of Learning and Teaching within the School of Textiles and Design of Heriot Watt University, based at the historic High Mill on the Borders Campus.

Marnie will share her experience linking weave design education with industry and focus on the design development process; helping weave designers take their ideas from research to the selection of raw materials, through technique, process and visual communication.

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

October Events // Nurturing Talent

October Wild Weaving Workshop

Wild Weaving Workshop // Summerhall / Friday 11 October 11am to 12.30pm

Join us on a slow walk in The Meadows with collection of grasses, string and other detritus en route, then gather in the ArtiSceince Library at Summerhall for a simple weaving workshop. Assemble at Summerhall Entrance at 11am. Dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes, all materials provided.

Your guide for the morning will be weaver and MA candidate Akashata Mokashi of Heriot Watt University School of Textiles and Design and we will be joined by guests weavers to discuss their practice.

Inspired by the weavers met during Our Linen Story Tours in Scotland, Journeys in Design is supporting the development of local ‘Wild Weaving’ workshops. With trained guides and enlisting weavers local to each of our partner venues, small local groups weave the weft of a pre-warped frame using materials found during a preceding walk outdoors, harnessing the hand-crafting and meditative benefits of sharing time with others through walking and weaving.

Summerhall Venue Details https://www.facebook.com/summerhalledinburgh/