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Linking art, design and industry, Our Linen Stories exhibition explores a rich heritage, new work and insights into contemporary materials and manufacturing at home and abroad. These are set out in two sections below:
The exhibition has evolved through the generous participation of many people during our two year research period. For our Exhibition in Edinburgh we have designed additional stations to reflect this:
Images throughout the tour have been captured by Maxime Ragni of K.I.S.S. Photography and our photomontages created by Abid Nazir.
Exhibition Design was in collaboration with artist Nick Sargent at Custom Lane and at Dovecot with designer Lorna Brown.
Installation was by Nick Sargent at Custom Lane, James Mackay on our 2018 tour and Eric Schumacher at Dovecot Studios.
Special thanks to Kate Greyner, Susan McAteer and Ellen Mason of Dovecot Studios and to Colin Sanderson and Jenny Bruce of Artiscience Library at Summerhall.
An Archive Listing suitable for this and future independent Exhibition Tours was developed in collaboration with Ben Hanyecz.
A Linen Story accompanies each Station, printed on linen paper specially commissioned from Alison Newman of PULP in Glasgow.
Throughout 2018, we curated new work by Scottish textile artist Linda Green called The Working of Cloth, presenting this for the first time. The 2014 £30,000 Creative Scotland Artist Bursary contributed to research, development and production of this work.
As an integral part of our 2018 Tour, we featured work by London-based artist Nick Sargent, kindly on loan from a private collector in Scotland.
Scotland is home to many Design talents across disciplines from applied arts to manufacture. As part of a global ‘brand’, Scotland links with Europe and the world through its creativity, making skills, quality and innovation.
Flax fibres and Linen have a part to play in these exchanges through crafting, sharing knowledge, generating income and strengthening cultural bonds. We lead our exhibition with contemporary designs that utilise linen and innovative flax fibre composites to tell stories drawn from Scotland, Ireland, The Netherlands, Belgium and France.
An insightful sustainable design company couples top designer with manufacturer
Multi-talented creative works with responsive Scottish Textile Company
An old-established textile firm provides a nest for entrepreneurial design talent
International and National Agencies enable creative collaboration
Émigré weaver develops bonds with key design talents Day, Conran and Liberty
Graduate combines passion for the mountains with sustainable materials
Textile designer draws on Perthshire linen roots
Materials industrialist illuminates with innovative composite designs
Sibling design team refocus business model to market
Enlightened museum commissioning policy bridges creative disciplines
Designer-maker lifts the soul with products that stand the test of time
This series of legacy proposals develops new contributions to the shared material culture revealed on Our Linen Stories tour in collaboration with colleagues and organisations met en route. These proposals recognise Scotland’s part in the stories of Europe and aim to strengthen links with our neighbour ‘linen nations’.
As a member of ICOM UK (International Committee of Museums) your curator has devised projects that acknowledge the vital collaborative role of museums, attempting to explore new ways to link and celebrate design history and material culture.
By establishing small task groups for each, we hope to progress from proposal to development stage.