This exciting project began at the end of last year when Craft Scotland put a call out for any makers on their directory to come forward who were interested in creating a collection for the National Trust for Scotland. This sounded like an interesting proposal and a great way to start 2015, so I attended their first briefing day at the National Trust's headquarters in Edinburgh in January this year.
From a list of six themes, I chose 'Landscape and Islands' to create this exclusive print design:
It was the cover of this book that initially caught my eye (which I saw in the National Trust's online archive) as there was something quite striking about the illustrations:
I read with interest about Hugh Miller - a geologist, writer and man of many talents in the 1800s in Scotland (you can visit his birthplace here). There my interest in Scottish geology began as I delved into the history of how Scotland was physically formed - something I admit I wasn't hugely aware of not being a geographer really at school. Fascinated by this though, it led me on to think about the physical make up of this country and all the different types of rocks that are the land we live on today. So this print is a based upon some of those rocks beneath our feet...
Once the design was in place, and with the guidance of the National Trust and Craft Scotland, we created a capsule collection of tote bags, purses and pencil cases that are now for sale in ten of the Trust's key properties throughout Scotland.
You can read more about the project, the other eight makers and where you can buy the products from over at Craft Scotland's website here.