Linen is perhaps the worlds oldest textile and is derived from varieties of the Flax plant.
Here we take you on a sensory journey, describing the growing cycle, relaying the traditional stages of production and illustrating how this textile is manufactured today through prose, poem and song, hearing the clack of the factory floor and feeling the difference as you reach in to touch linen in its many forms.
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:
A Linen Storybook accompanies each Station, printed on linen paper specially commissioned from Alison Newman of PULP in Glasgow.
Exhibition Design was in collaboration with artist Nick Sargent at launch in Leith and at Dovecot with designer Lorna Brown.
Installation was supervised by Nick Sargent in Leith, James Mackay on tour and Eric Schumacher at Dovecot.