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?
Our Linen Stories exhibition links art, design and industry to explore 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 and keeps evolving as more contributors offer us their stories. For our Exhibition in Edinburgh we designed additional stations to reflect this:
Exhibition Design by Lorna Brown at Edinburgh Dovecot and Nick Sargent at Leith Custom Lane.
Installation by Eric Schumacher and Oisin Gallagher at Edinburgh Dovecot, Nick Sargent at Leith Custom Lane and James Mackay through our 2018 tour.
Maxime Ragni of K.I.S.S. Design Photography captured images throughout the tour and Abid Nazir created our photomontages. Ben Hanyecz developed Archive Listing and Carriage for this and future Exhibition Tours. Each Linen Story was printed on linen paper specially commissioned from Alison Newman of PULP in Glasgow.
Special thanks to Kate Greyner, Susan McAteer, Gemma Butterfield and Celia Joicey of Dovecot Studios and to Colin Sanderson and Jenny Bruce of Artiscience Library at Summerhall.
For details of our Edinburgh Events schedule, visit our 2019 Events pages.