Textile designer draws on Perthshire linen roots
The Curator Designer relationship in this case is more involved than most. Interested in Design for many years, your curator has regularly attended the Scottish Art School Degree Shows to see the work of friends and meet new creatives. His first ever textile purchase was made in 1991 from the final degree show of Lorna Brown at Edinburgh College of Art. John met Lorna again in August 2018, attracted by work created for her own label, Blessed Unrest, captivating designs hand screen printed onto linen from Peter Greig’s in Kirkcaldy.
It was fitting then for our 2018 tour to Kirkcaldy that Lorna was commissioned to provide a workshop. Inspired by Our Linen Stories and her further research, Lorna used the workshop as an opportunity to design a new screen print onto Kirkcaldy Linen, called Flax Fields.
Aware of Lorna’s past Interior Design work and her capacity for engaging with textile design, John sought Lorna’s support in the Design of Our Linen Stories at Dovecot and to design a unique new design emblematic of this stage of Our Linen Stories.
The new develops Lorna’s earlier work for Our Linen Stories and reflects the blue flower of the flax plant from which fibres are extracted and spun into linen thread and the roof serrations of Linen Mill buildings so characteristic of those still seen in Scotland. Congratulations Lorna and many thanks for your generosity of spirit and design skills.