scottish linen (2021)

LEITH SCHOOL OF ART

My project centred around my family business, a linen mill in Kirkcaldy, Scotland that sadly closed in April. My focus was on the architectural structure of the building, as it had been our sole premises since the business was established in 1825. I had three aims; to celebrate the history of textile manufacturing, to capture the passing of time, and to evoke the noise of the factory with 30 looms running at once.

Source material to help achieve this were photos of the ageing factory walls, with layers peeling away showing the years of painting and repainting. The original blueprints of the building and historic fabric designs from our archives added depth and authenticity to my visual research. All works were created on surfaces found in the factory. 

Artist’s I referenced during this project were Gerd Winner, Andy Warhol and Julie Mehretu.