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Fishink in Edinburgh. Part 2

September 21, 2013

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Continuing on from my trip to Edinburgh last weekend. I popped into the Dovecot Studios to see what exhibitions were currently on.

To celebrate the centenary of the studios in 2012 an ambitious project was undertaken to create a tapestry entirely from un-dyed wool. After some 12 mths of painstaking liason and talks with suppliers of un-dyed wools, a range of providers and craftsmen, spinners and growers, careful collaboration with the artist Victoria Crowe (who created the original oil painting that the tapestry was taken from) and the extraordinary diligence, concentration and expertise of the Dovecot Weavers, the Large Tree Group Tapestry is now complete. It was stunning in its size alone.

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Here’s some details and close ups from the process.

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On the reverse of the tapestry all of the 70 different producers of wool that helped to form this wonderful piece have been named.

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Upstairs you can walk onto the balcony which overlooks the main weaving studios. It’s a wonderful space and I thought that the weavers here must have amazing patience and concentration to painstakingly create these works of art so beautifully.

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A few of their previous commissions hang on the walls overlooking the studio itself.

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There’s a great shop with textile books, giftwrap and a cafe to keep everyone happy.

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Afterwards we headed out towards North Berwick, stopping off for lunch in a sweetshop / cafe in East Linton which also sold books and second-hand hoovers !

The staff were very warm and welcoming all the same, and I can testify that they make great chickpea soup too lol

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I went to the area to catch up with an old friend of mine, Richard Gregory who is a glassmaker.  Richard has set up a wonderful company with fellow glass artist Nicola Cairns. Together they run Rebott (website under construction at the moment), which creates a range of contemporary glassware made from post consumer glass, reclaimed from the public and local businesses. Lovely shapes and textures too. Bass Rock (above) is on Richard’s doorstep and the beach is his hangout for lunch..  lucky for some eh ! You can follow them on Facebook too here.

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Thanks again to all of our Scottish friends who we managed to spend time with over the weekend. We had a fabulous trip.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. September 21, 2013 8:25 am

    Really interesting to learn about dovecote weavers. Inspiring. Love your blog cos lots of photos. Want to visit myself! See u at the gnccf!

    • September 21, 2013 9:45 am

      Thanks Ann Marie, yeah Dovecot Studios is an inspirational place to work and visit. Looking forward to GNCCF, may not make the preview night but def will be there to cover the event. Glad you like the blog too, cheers for the comments.

  2. September 21, 2013 11:00 am

    The tapestry is wonderful- have to see the studio next time we go up there to visit the family.


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