September 7, 2019

Can I challenge your idea of what Scottish textile design looks like?

Kathleen Brown, 33

Can I challenge your idea of what Scottish textile design looks like?

My work explores a modern “Scottish-ness” through painting and design.

My textile designs use traditional representations of Scotland but they are abstracted and described in new ways.
I use watercolours to do this with vibrant colourful paintings of flowers, animals, landscapes and seascapes. I then turn them into repeating patterns for printing onto fabrics. I use my fabrics to make handmade home-ware, Make up bags, scarves etc

I would like for not only my work but all Scottish designers, makers and creators work to become a part of its economy and its cultural heritage again as we have seen with Harris tweed.

Scottish design is amazing, current, cool, and needs a platform.

I see a lot of tourists shops selling Tartan knock offs & tacky goods made everywhere but here and I find that hard to see when I know how many talented makers we have in Scotland. There is nothing wrong with a wee tartan tam o’ shanter but it is important that what is actually being produced here is seen and bought so that these artists can keep making and keep Scottish design current and evolving.