A touring exhibition is showcasing new uses for Scotland’s oldest fabric.
Y/Our Linen Stories returns to Custom Lane in Leith, Edinburgh on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 May with a pop-up exhibition and new displays focusing on migration and maritime cultures.
In 2018, Our Linen Stories celebrated contemporary design and sustainability, exploring key locations with important links to flax and linen in Scotland and highlighting historic connections, while gathering local linen stories as it toured.
These stories now join new objects and themes for the pop-up revisit exhibition at Custom Lane under the banner Migration and Maritime Cultures: Leith and Our Linen Stories.
Exhibition curator John Ennis said: ‘Since the days of the Huguenots, migrants have brought great creative energy to
‘We wanted to celebrate Leith’s pivotal role in the migrant and maritime cultures of Scotland as they have emerged from Our Linen Stories, and where better to do that than Custom Lane?’
Y/Our Linen Stories Leith presents the first view of a brand-new textile woven in Scotland by a Leither.
The exhibition includes a projection of last year’s event, the Edinburgh City Maritime Heritage box, on loan from City of Edinburgh Council, and a maritime display from SS Explorer.
The event supports COLOURS, an innovative charity which offers refugees a voice through art and documentary.
On Saturday 25, Y/Our Linen Stories is also supporting visual artist Rosemary Taylor’s photo-booth project capturing images of working women’s hands.
On Sunday 26, a new guided Walk by Design on migration and maritime cultures around Leith begins at 2.30pm with a rousing choral start thanks to the Newhaven Community Choir. This new Walk by Design has been designed in collaboration with artist-storyteller Jan Bee Brown.
The exhibition is open from 10am to 4pm on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 May. While admission and the Walk by Design are free, visitors can sign up in advance via Eventbrite.
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