Edinburgh Fringe Textile Art


Ailish Henderson shares her view on the world of embroidery - it's the Ailist!

Edinburgh Fringe Textile Art

Every year, I tend to be blinded by the whole theatre / comedy angle of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and forget how much of it is art based.  So I took a couple of trips to spy out what Textile art there was on offer…..

White Stuff, yup that’s right, the clothing brand is hosting CRAFT Summer Show 2018 on their top floor (sadly its over now, but generally comes every year for the month of August).

It is not just textiles on offer there, but these pieces by Lauren Smith are a great example of how embroidery can sit alongside other disciplines…beautiful, wearable art:

One of Lauren Smiths brooches.

She is an Edinburgh based artist, so fits in well with this location.

From squared off patterns to more recognisable floral designs, she has a wide selection available to purchase

Her shop online is worth a visit.

From CRAFTS I walked back to the train station at Waverly to visit the City Arts Centre which currently stocks my own printed textiles, based on my original art and embroidery……….

From paint to fabric, I have a whole collection available to view and purchase at The City Arts Centre.

I am now represented online by Handmade in Britain so you do not have to go to Edinburgh to check my work out!

Then on to the next place…Dovecot Studios on the other side of Edinburgh (more the old side)where at the time there was an awesome Liberty Art Fashion and Fabrics exhibition. Obviously this was only on a short while, but the photos and subject matter remain timeless:

I loved the glass tables full of the historical drawings and samples.

It wasn’t just all older clothing, the exhibition showed how Liberty prints are current and have been used by designers recently:

Richard Quinn – Liberty print adaptation – Foil jacket 2016

This venue is a great place to check out new exhibitions and artists, keep a look out on their website for updates.

Okay, its not all embroidery based, but the designs themselves are so inspirational.  It goes through the decades of Liberty and all the fashions which have coincided with it.

As a part of the Fringe, there was a one off two day event there too, organised by James Donald Cloth#18

This event has happened for a few years running, so do keep your eye out….

On the upper level of this gallery / studio, about twenty artists and designers showcased their pieces.  There are not enough of these pop up events, so this was a real find.  I am hoping they do the same thing next year!

Here’s one of my favourite pieces……….

Corsetry with Scottish themed embroidery on beautiful tweed, by Mairi Brown

So, Edinburgh Fringe, you’ve taught me that there’s more to you than pop up laughs and street theatre.  If you can get there next year, do!

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