Ancient Fibre, New Connections
31 August 2022
With continued thanks to those collaborating in Scotland and beyond, its harvest time...
the exceptional potential of Scotland's ancient fibre crop
The Tower at Dr Neils Garden, Duddingston, Edinburgh
Exhibition and Events, Tues 6 to Sun 11 September 10am - 4pm
Drop in to our latest touring exhibition, which includes new work in linen by handloom weaver Susie Redman, featured in our lead image. With exhibits, guest creative encounters, and demonstrations, we're exploring where next for this fibre crop, at the root of new connections, home and away: growing textiles, improving soil health, enhancing biodiversity, innovating new materials and perhaps centrally, building local resilience. Details via Eventbrite here.
Think Global, Grow Local
volume 3 of our International roundtable series
Journeys in Design Zoom Room, October
We're bringing further international perspectives to Scotland in October with volume 3 of this seasonal round table series on design and material culture. Contributions are due from the worlds of farming, material innovation, education and product development. Check out our speakers to date available in our Creative Encounters playlist on Journeys in Design YouTube.
Flax patches growing across the country
By including #flaxScotland in your posts, together we have created a new national storyline of flax enthusiasts. As in former years, Journeys in Design sent out flax seed to some new growers but many more already growing flax this year responded to our call out for shared pics and stories. Read more here.
Also part of this initiative has been a series of Flax Chats, which like our latest exhibition, takes the global message to a local audience. Our Resource Pack for local flax chats is in development with partners in Scotland and beyond.
A Regional Fibre Network for Scotland
Local fibres and local dyes @fibreshed_Scotland
Truly excited to update on latest moves to develop a regional fibre network in Scotland, cultivating wool, flax and dye systems that support our soil, protect our planet and build local resilience, Instageam @fibreshed_scotland
Like many others around the world, we've been inspired by the Fibreshed Movement in California, and with huge thanks to our mentors in USA and UK, Fibreshed Scotland is ready for launch. This is an open network of farmers, textile producers, artisans, educationalists and enthusiasts. Further details on how to engage coming soon and meantime, you can read more here.
Soil to Soil with Rebecca Burgess
connecting the dots in the lifecycle of clothing and material culture
Rather than a book of the month, we're posting this link to a key podcast featuring Rebecca Burgess, founder and executive director of Fibreshed. The journey begins with her early efforts linking farmers and artisans to create a 'locally grown wardrobe', spreading out to link communities worldwide with her shared vision, now towards our own Fibreshed Scotland.
Millies on Tour
a month of cultural connection in Newtownards, N.Ireland
Reflections, Ards Art Centre, Conway Square
Exhibition and Events as part of August Craft NI, Creative Peninsula
Our Making Millie project is a multi-layered tribute to the working women of the textile industry, in Scotland and beyond. Finishing this week, their most recent showing further enhances the cultural links enabled by Journeys in Design between Scotland and N.Ireland since 2018. It was an honour to be invited to contribute to Reflections by MaP Textiles Group, alongside the work of Linen Millie designer Sue Shields. Read more here.
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With best wishes from all the team,
John Ennis, Curator Producer,
Journeys in Design