In September 2018 we welcomed you to Our Linen Stories Kirkcaldy where we explored stories from Fife from our centre in The Merchants House, Law’s Close at the harbour end of the High Street.

Kirkcaldy was once Scotland’s second biggest Port after Leith. Our new exhibition theme at this former shipping merchants house is ‘Trade Routes: Sales, Sails and Shipping Lanes’ reflecting on the part that linen and flax played in Scotland and elsewhere in forming the Wealth of Nations.

Artist Designer Lorna Brown told us her Linen Story and everyone was welcome to our Fife Reception that was followed by the inauguration of a new Walks by Design in Kirkcaldy called Linen and The Lang Toun.

Events at this location

Artist Talk: Lorna Brown of Blessed Unrest

Lorna’s Linen Story begins with her childhood in Spittalfield, a weavers village in Perthshire established to support the linen trade. Through a creative career based in Edinburgh, Lorna’s work in printed textiles currently includes use of Scottish Linen from the country’s only surviving manufacturer in Kirkcaldy. Lorna joined us to offer reflections on this journey in design and practice.

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Fife Reception to mark Our Linen Stories Kirkcaldy

Our Linen Stories Kirkcaldy is proud to have partnered with Scottish Historic Buildings Trust and the Scottish Civic Trust for Doors Open Day. As part of our Exhibition events programme at the Merchants House, Law’s Close, we held a brief Curators Talk at Noon, helping us mark our exploration of the Flax Fields of Fife that followed.

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“Linen and the Lang Toun” – a new Walk by Design in Kirkcaldy

An active centre of creativity and learning, Kirkcaldy was once Scotland’s biggest port after Leith and central to Our Linen Stories; it is now home to Scotland’s only surviving Linen Manufacturer. You helped us plot a stroll through the Lang Toun in 2018 where we shared Our Linen Stories and learned about the town’s impact near and far. For our inaugural walk we were joined by Murdo Eason of The Fife Psychogeographical Collective, author of From Hill to Sea, who marked the walk with reflections in word and image.

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Image courtesy of Murdo Eason