Venue name
Custom Lane
Custom Wharf, 67 Commercial St., Leith, Edinburgh, EH6 6LH
  • Story Tent at Leith Market
  • Artist’s Talk: Moving Colours
  • Twilight Talks about Design: Place-Making and Creative Industry
  • Research Talk Helena Loermans: Weaving A Textured History
  • Schools Workshops
  • Well-Being Workshops

Home page image ‘Urban Interventions 2’ courtesy of Ed Hadfield, Artist.

Events at this location

Story Tent at Leith Market

Saturday 28 April 2018 from 11:00 to 16:00

Come along to tell us Your Linen Story while shopping local at the Saturday market just beside Custom Lane

Opening Day at Custom Lane

Saturday 5 May 2018 from 11:00 to 16:00
We welcome you aboard our exhibition, launching today with a cuppa and treats from home and away. Please join us to welcome our team to Leith.
Our exhibition is free to explore and runs for three weeks in Leith.

Artist Talk by Felicity Bristow – Moving Colours

Saturday 12 May 2018 from 14:00 to 15:30

In this presentation, Felicity discusses her work with natural dyes and the ‘unmeasured’ processes sometimes involved in her practice. This has transferred to Felicity’s Gayfield Design Commissioned work with innovator Duncan Neil of William Clarks in N.Ireland. Felicity will discuss the process of digital capture and transfer to create new linen print.

Twilight Talks about Design: Place-Making & Creative Industry

Thursday 17 May 2018 from 18:30 to 20:30

How do Craft and Design skills define a place?
Can Craft and Design tradition enable new Industry?
Chaired by Professor Jane McCann, we hear from a panel of experts representing Scotland, Ireland and The Netherlands and we have time to enter Design Debate with an invigorated audience.

We are honoured to present new work by Linda Green, Scottish Artist, to mark this Talk and during Our Linen Stories Exhibition.

Research Talk by Helena Loermans – Weaving a Textured History

Saturday 19 May 2018 from 14:00 to 15:30
Weavers, artists, historians and others found insight and delight in this Talk by Dutch weaver Helena Loermans currently based in Portugal. Discussing her research into the canvas of old masters paintings and her weaving replicas of these linen damasks, Helena demonstrated using a ‘human loom’.
Helena Loermans’ ‘El Greco’ canvas is part of Our Linen Stories exhibition and Helena appears on our Twilight Talks about Design expert panel, discussing her work with rural development initiatives in Portugal.

Schools Workshops – Chromatography & the Artists Palette

Tuesdays in May from 10:00 to 12:30

These closed events form an integral part of the 2018 Gayfield Design Commission and are led by Artist Felicity Bristow.

In collaboration with local schools, GP Journeys in Design acknowledges key goals in Scotland’s Curriculum for Excellence and adds the all-important A for Art into the push for STEAM subject teaching. Our Schools Workshops are part of broader commitment by GP Journeys in Design to facilitate teaching and learning initiatives that link Educators with Design.

Well-Being Workshops – Weaving for Well-Being

Tuesdays in May from 14:00 to 15:30

These closed events were to be led by Weaver Sarah Henderson and former GP John Ennis. Devised by John Ennis, Jo Kessel and Eilidh Young with the support of Luminate and Age Scotland and in collaboration with Sarah Henderson and local residents. Using a simple weaving frame and led by a weaver experienced in workshop delivery, we hoped to enable productive time together for people and their carers in calm surroundings utilising a tactile sensory activity known to ease anxiety.

Our timeframe did not permit the establishment of a local residents group. We were able to attend training sessions and to provide a visit and curator tour for the the Living Memory group in Leith.

GP Journeys in Design acknowledges the value of maker activities in the well-being of participants. Our Well-Being Workshops are part of broader commitment by GP Journeys in Design to facilitate well-being initiatives linking making skills and vulnerable groups.

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