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Leanach Church, Highland Folk Museum
Highland Folk Museum, Newtonmore, PH20 1AY

Opening daily from 11am to 4pm Monday 22 October to Sunday 28 October, our 2018 linen journey through Scotland concludes with a week of exhibition and events at The Highland Folk Museum in Newtonmore.

Working with the wonderful curatorial team at this ethnographic open air museum, unique in Scotland and with colleagues from the University of the Highlands and Islands, we supplement our core exhibition of contemporary design from Scotland, Ireland and the Netherlands with events reaching out into Highland communities with a past and present focus on flax fibre and linen cloth.

Our full events schedule is noted below with events at Leanach Church and nearby withn the Folk Museum grounds. We look forward to welcoming you: all events are free and open to all.


A’ fosgladh gach latha bho 11m gu 4f, Diluain 22 Dàmhair gu Didòmhnaich 28 Dàmhair, tha cuairt Ar Sgeulachd Anairt 2018 tro Alba a’ crìochnachadh le seachdain de thaisbeanadh is de thachartasan aig Taigh-tasgaidh Sluagh na Gàidhealtachd ann am Baile Ùr an t-Slèibh. Ag obrachadh leis an t-sàr sgioba tasgaidh aig an taigh-tasgaidh eitneografaig seo air a’ bhlàr a-muigh, agus le co-obraichean bho Oilthigh na Gàidhealtachd agus nan Eilean, tha sinn a’ cur ri ar prìomh thaisbeanadh de dhealbhadh co-aimsireil à Alba, Èirinn agus an Òlaind. Bidh na tachartasan a’ ruigsinn a-mach gu coimhearsnachdan na Gàidhealtachd agus a’ toirt sùil air snàithleach lìn agus aodach anairt san latha a dh’fhalbh agus san latha a th’ ann. Thèid clàr-ama iomlan nan tachartasan againn fhoillseachadh sna làithean air thoiseach agus tha sinn a’ dèanamh fiughair ri fàilte a chur oirbh. Tha an taisbeanadh agus na tachartasan an-asgaidh agus fosgailte do na h-uile.

Events at this location

Highland Linen Journeys in Design: Curator’s Talks 11.30am and 2.30pm daily

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An informal 30 minute presentation and discussion

‘Our Linen Stories’ Curator John Ennis is originally from N.Ireland and has been resident in Scotland since 1985. Stepping aside from a career in medicine in 2012 to pursue a passion for design, this is John’s first exhibition tour and in these informal talks, he offers a guide to the Highland Exhibition and reflects on his experiences producing the exhibitions and events that have formed Our Linen Stories to date.

John notes ‘Its a honour to be working with colleagues at Highland Folk Museum and University of Highlands and Islands. I hope together we are offering something intriguing and rewarding for local and international visitors alike.’

Daily from Monday to Saturday 11.30am repeated at 2.30pm

Admission free, all welcome

Preparing the Flax (a’ Grèidheadh an Lìn’) Tuesday 23 and Wednesday 24 October

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On Tuesday 23 and Wednesday 24 October, Maureen Hammond and colleagues from the University of the Highlands and Islands Centre for History offer us a demonstration of flax was prepared back in eighteenth century Badenoch.

‘The Working of Cloth’ by Textile Artist Linda Green at Iona Gallery, Kingussie Tuesday 23 to Tuesday 30 October 2018 1pm – 4pm daily

Tuesday 23 October from 13:00 to 16:00

The Working of Cloth

‘As a volunteer gardener near Duddingston Loch in Edinburgh I was intrigued to find that Duddingston had been a weaving village which in times past produced a rough cloth known as Duddingston Hardings. I was curious to find out more about this fabric and discovered that it was linen made from local flax which was retted in the loch, before being spun into a utility fabric.  Given its lowly status, no samples of this cloth have survived to the present day. I was inspired by the story of this forgotten cloth and resolved to make some simple drafts of plain weaving where the fibres are highlighted as opposed to the structure of the cloth. I harvested plants from the Loch and used these fibres to make thread to weave my own cloth. In building my fabric, I counted the ‘picks’ as the weft passed back and forth while the repetition of stripes made me think of time passing and a tentative link to Duddingston Loch.

My piece entitled The Working of Cloth is a tribute to the linen that was once made so close to where I live. The individual hand-woven samples demonstrate functionality while others simply illustrate the inherent beauty of woven fabric. Below the line of fabric samples and running in parallel with it, are drawings which were inspired by the process of weaving and the journey of the thread.’

Linda Green, May 2018

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