I always find inspiration for my feltmaking in the Scottish Highlands. We usually visit around Easter time, when the land is just awakening from the long, unforgiving winter.
I take photographs of patterns in ice, rocks and pebbles, seaweed and sand. I love the texture of lichen on rock, sheep’s wool clinging to bark, and the water channels carved into the sand. And I particularly like when we come across beached fishing boats with peeling paint, rusting nails and chains, driftwood and barnacles. In my recent work, my choices of colour, texture and pattern are informed by our stunning and gritty northern landscape.
Highland Strata is my new collection of felt scarves and collars, which I am thrilled to launch at the Annual Fashion Show at St Margaret’s House in Edinburgh on 5 December 2014.
My scarves and collars are sculptural and require a few moments to shape around the face. A mix of silk and wool, they can be worn in several ways as part of an outfit. I design a special brooch or toggle for each scarf. Each one is different. Each one is a statement.
This will be my first ever fashion show. I’ve recently met the models who will be wearing my scarves on the night, and chosen a soundtrack. As the event gets closer - and excitement mounts - I’ll be sharing the story of my preparations for the catwalk here.
If you can, please join me and the other designers at St Margaret’s House on 5 December. Tickets are now available from edinburghpalette.co.uk.