Linen has long been considered ideal for use in both heavy duty utility and noble interior design contexts, outlasting many other textiles with the right care. Its many qualities are enhanced by appreciation of its scientific properties. Further it has been argued that Flax represents the most sustainable of crops: minimal water and power requirements, all parts of the plant having potential for use. Does it represent an ideal in a world now changing as a result of inefficient lifestyles and dwindling resources? What future for this venerable material?
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.