Archives for Scotland

Dougie Cunningham Publishes Photographic Guidebook of Scotland

THIS MONTH, award-winning Scotland based photographer Dougie Cunningham will release Photographing Scotland, a guidebook for visitors and photographers.

Cunningham’s clients include Aberdeen Asset Management, Red Bull and the Keswick Mountain Festival and he regularly contributes to publications such as The Great Outdoors Magazine.

View of the Old Man of Storr on the Trotternish peninsula of Skye. Photograph courtesy: Dougie Cunningham

The four-year-long project is the first comprehensive guidebook of the entire country compiled specifically for photographers. It contains descriptions and illustrations of 280 landscapes, coastlines, mountains, glens, cnocs and lochans, including both popularly documented and little-known locations.

Dun, St Kilda. Photograph courtesy: Dougie Cunningham

The collection incorporates photographic tours of Glasgow and Edinburgh, as well as a range of architecturally significant sites including medieval castles, fortified houses, ancient stone circles, crofts and peel towers.

Neist Lighthouse, Skye. Photograph courtesy: Dougie Cunningham

Lochan na h-Achlaise. Photograph courtesy: Dougie Cunningham

Cunningham provides maps and practical advice for readers such as parking directions, the accessibility of locations and recommended times to visit.

by Rosie Byers

Photographing Scotland is one of the fotoVUE collection of photography guides.

Photographing Scotland is available to pre-order from fotoVUE for the reduced price of £22, including free UK delivery, with an estimated arrival of early December. Once released, the book will revert to its original price of £27.95.

Prints and 2018 calendars can also be ordered from Dougie Cunningham’s website.

New Lanark Partners with London Fashion and Textiles Museum

INTERNATIONAL travelling exhibition Artist Textiles – Picasso to Warhol from London’s Fashion and Textile Museum will be showcasing at World Heritage Site, New Lanark, Scotland at the beginning of next year.

Artist Textiles has been touring London, the Netherlands, USA and Canada since 2014 and will now be displayed at New Lanark’s new exhibition galley. The show takes a look at the history of 20th century textile art, including the works of Henri Matisse, Salvador Dali, Barbara Hepworth and Andy Warhol. Presented also will be the personal collection of British designer Zandra Rhodes, including the work of leading fashion designers and manufacturers.

im1-nlArtist Textiles, Fashion and Textile Museum London

Influenced by major European and American art movements, including Cubism, Abstraction, Surrealism and Pop Art, the collection of over 200, many unique and previously unseen pieces reveal how people were able to express themselves, through modern art, clothing and furnishings.

Dennis Nothdruft, curator of the Fashion and Textiles Museum and exhibition developer, states “this exhibition highlights the importance of the textile industry in the dissemination and promotion of contemporary art.  Manufacturers and mills had the foresight to work with painters and sculptors to develop beautiful fabrics that democratized modern art for the masses.”

im2-nlArtist Textiles, Fashion and Textile Museum London

New Lanark World Heritage Site, founded in 1785 by David Dale and Richard Arkwright was previously an 18th century cotton spinning mill village. Located near to Glasgow and Edinburgh, New Lanark enjoyed spinning success until 1968. Now a registered Scottish charity, New Lanark has been undergoing renovation to restore the village to its former working glory and attracting over 300,000 visitors per year.

Scott McCauley, New Lanark Trust Chief Executive, said “we are very proud that Artist Textiles – Picasso to Warhol will make its Scottish debut at New Lanark in 2018, officially launching New Lanark’s brand new Temporary Exhibition Gallery.”

by Pierra George-Robertson

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Artist Textiles – Picasso to Warhol will show from 26 January – 29 April 2018

The exhibition will be held in a new exhibition gallery within one of New Lanark’s 18th century cotton mill buildings.

Find Details of New Lanark’s daily guided tours, printmaking workshops, textile design competition, meals and gift shops here

The Fashion and Textile Museum, founded by iconic British designer Zandra Rhodes in 2003, is part of Newham College London – one of Europe’s largest further education colleges and is the only museum in the UK solely dedicated to showcasing developments in contemporary fashion.

The Fashion and Textile Museum offers an exciting programme of exhibitions and displays throughout the year, alongside an array of talks, events and workshops with industry professionals.

The Great Tapestry of Scotland Returns To Dundee

SCOTLAND’s largest community art project, the Great Tapestry of Scotland returns to Verdant Works in Dundee this year to unveil a stunning array of 82 newly embroidered panels. The tapestry, which is the longest in the world, relays Scotland’s history from pre-historic times to the present day in 30 miles of richly coloured yarn. Alexander McCall Smith, author the ever-popular No.1 Ladies Detective Agency and initiator of the project describes the work as “a great work of art” which “brings a fascinating story to life in a way that no other single artefact can match. It is a treasure of astonishing beauty and interest.”

The work embroidered on cloth, rather than woven, in the same vein as the Bayeux Tapestry in Normandy. Each panel, which takes over 400 hours to complete is directed by principal embroiderer, Dorie Wilkie and stitched by an army of 1000 volunteers who annotated the tapestry meticulously in English, Gaelic, Latin and Scots.

Great Tapestry of Scoland, Dundee, exhibitionGreat Tapestry of Scotland complete panel, Courtesy of Alex Hewitt

The new display will show the Vikings’ invasion of Scotland, the Glencoe Massacre, the first Edinburgh festival, the 1980s Miner’s Strike and the first Scotland v England rugby match and will also include seven panels from last year’s show. The designers of the tapestry, historian Alastair Moffat and Scottish-based muralist Andrew Crummy made sure female historical figures are represented too such as the Hebridean Herring Girls who gutted and barrelled the herring catch along Scotland’s shores.

Paul Jennings, Executive Director of Dundee Heritage Trust said, “It is fantastic to have the second part of the Great Tapestry of Scotland at Verdant Works this year. It was such a successful event last year and The High Mill is the perfect venue for it.”

Great Tapestry of Scoland, Dundee, exhibitionGreat Tapestry of Scotland complete panel. Courtesy of Alex Hewitt

by Miranda Charalambous

The exhibition of The Great Tapestry of Scotland, which is sponsored by The Alexander Moncur Trust and Blackadders LLP for the Dundee Heritage Trust is on view from August 26 – October 22, 2017 at Verdant Works, West Henderson’s Wynd, Dundee, Scotland, DD1 5BT

Tel: 01382 309060


Front page image: Great Tapestry of Scotland complete panel, Courtesy of Alex Hewitt


London Design Fair Features Contemporary Scottish Craft

THE London Design Fair  will take place at the Truman Brewery in East London later this year. The spectacular four-day industry event, which is hosted in collaboration with Tent London and Super Brands London, showcases the work of independent designers, established brands and galleries. In addition, new designers and global brands will be launched in the UK through 15 international country pavilions represented by Portugal, Switzerland, Norway, India and China.

Lara Scobie, Scotland Craft and DesignLara Scobie, Scotland Craft and Design. Photograph: London Design Fair

Lara Scobie, an award-winning ceramist will be exhibiting new work at the Scotland Design and Craft pavilion. Her elegantly tapered vessels with undulating motifs reflect the subtlety of traditional weaving techniques through contemporary hand-drawn designs.

From the Highlands of Scotland, Catherine MacGruer creates fabulous Merino wool textiles in vibrant, eye-catching designs influenced by travels abroad. Her geometric patterns evolve from collaged shapes which are digitally knitted into cushions, blankets and scarves.

Juli Bolaños-Durman, Scotland Craft and Design. Photgraph © London Design FairJuli Bolaños-Durman, Scotland Craft and Design. Photograph: London Design Fair

Stormy Scottish weather, Japanese wabi-sabi and light on the Moray Firth inspire Juli Bolaños-Durman, a Latin-American designer based in Scotland. Her latest Made-Up Museum of Artefacts collection combines engraved blown glass with found materials. By creating “something beautiful from things that people are about to discard”, she explores the challenges that their unwanted items present.

Yellow Broom, Scotland Craft and Design. Photograph London Design FairYellow Broom, Scotland Craft and Design. Photograph: London Design Fair

by Miranda Charalambous

The London Design Fair opens September 22 – 25, 2016 at the
Old Truman Brewery, 26 Hanbury Street, London E1 6QR.
Thu 10am – 7pm, Fri – Sat 10am – 8pm, Sun 11am – 6pm

Front page image: Juli Bolaños-Durman, Scotland Craft and Design. Photograph: London Design Fair


The Art of Men’s Style: Laings of Glasgow and Wedding Bands

  • A man’s wedding band by Laings of Glasgow with gold inlay

WHEN it comes to wedding style, very little attention ever falls on the man, particularly his wedding band. Yet, brands like Laings of Glasgow are quietly working to bring innovation, style, and choice to the world of men’s wedding jewellery.

Choosing a man’s wedding band is equally important as choosing that of his bride, yet never gets the same attention. While it perhaps is not as difficult as finding a wedding ring to complement an engagement ring, a man’s ring is still all about personalisation, beauty and detail.

Uniquely, Laings of Glasgow provides a range of options for men online in a range of design, shapes, metal types and colours, including sculpted, brushed, patterned, satin and grooved wedding bands in platinum, palladium and bi-metals.

According to a Laings of Glasgow representative, “men’s wedding rings are no longer measured by the ‘gold standard’. The traditional yellow gold ring is still very popular but it has given way to more selection in colour choice. White gold and rose gold are trendy colours that are becoming increasingly popular but the selection of precious metals available with their varying degrees of durability and weight has seen more men choosing to own hard and durable metals like platinum and palladium for their functional wedding rings. That’s why we stock such a large range. Every man deserves to choose a wedding ring that not only looks good, but also matches his lifestyle.”

Founded over 175 years ago, Laings of Glasgow is a sixth generation, family-run jewellery with a strong sense of quality and craftsmanship. Located in the heart of Glasgow’s retail scene, Laings of Glasgow is well known for its superb attention to quality materials, unique design and timeless style.

by Jessica Quillin