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. Further it has been argued that Flax represents the most sustainable of blast fibre crops for textiles: minimal water and power requirements, all parts of the plant having potential for use. As material science continues to explore the properties of flax fibres, new materials are emerging with more holistically sustainable applications. 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?
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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.