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Scottish Heritage Standards

Standards, Loch Lomond

In 2008 the Scottish Felters* had completed a large group ‘Tree of Friendship’ felt, which was shown at the Beaver Dam Art Centre and the Fiber Symposium in Madison, Wisconsin, as part of an exhibition of work by us. Thus we turned our attention to what else we could do together, and that is when the notion for the Standards was formed. Our aim is to celebrate Scotland and its rich Heritage to coincide with the 2009 ‘Homecoming’ celebrations and the International Feltmakers Conference, hosted by the Scottish Felters at Loch Lomond, when we celebrated the 25th Anniversary since the formation of IFA in 1984.

To overcome the difficulties of bringing together people for meetings and workshops, we decided that the most practical way of tackling the situation, was to have folk working in small groups of twos and threes, and in some cases, on their own, with a minimum of larger get-togethers for –

a)     Initial planning and delegation of themes

b)     Preparations of backgrounds, and Design planning

c)      Finishing off

This project has been on-going, with many more Standards having been added so that now 24 have been completed, ready for their debut at the Creative Stitches Show in March at the SECC. It is our intention to show them throughout Scotland at as many venues as possible. See updates on exhibitions page, and if you know of a suitable venue please contact me.

 Ewa Kuniczak (Project Leader)

Ann Ross (IFA Co-ordinator for Scotland – Scottish Felters) - Assistant Leader

* The 'Scottish Felters' are a branch of the International Feltmakers Association

Update on 08 January 2011

All 'Standards' have now been completed. They represent: 'Homecoming', 'Wild Life', 'Birds', 'Flora', 'Neolithic', 'Neolithic Portal', 'Myths and Legends', 'Celts', 'Early Christian', 'The Clearances', 'Clans',' West Coast', 'Art and Crafts', 'Scottish Parliament', 'Industry', 'Power' (Fossil Fuel),. 'Science and Medicine', Textiles, Fishing', 'Alternative Energy', Alcohol Production, Music and Dance', 'Sport', 'Literature'.

Birds Wildlife resized.jpg (71745 bytes)  Myths and Legends Neolithic 1 Neolithic 2 Early Christian   Clans Clearances Homecoming Art & Crafts Industry Power Parliament West Coast Sport Literature banner, resized.jpg (46717 bytes) Alcohol Production Alternative Energy Celts Fishing Flora Music & Dance Science & Medicine Textiles

An additional panel has been made by Mhairi Campbell in celebration of the Scottish Bard, Rabbie Burns. This will replace 'The Homecoming' banner, after the SECC exhibition, as the Homecoming Event has passed, having been relevant only in 2009.

Celebrating the Scottish Bard

To help exhibiting arrangements to become more flexible, we have had 12 free-standing frames constructed, that will enable the Panels to be displayed back-to-back. This will also allow members of the public to view them at close quarters.

Frame side A Frame side B

Exhibition Venues:

  • SECC 2010, March 4th - 7th: SECC Glasgow, Creative Stitches Show 

  • 2010, March 25th - 28th: NEC, Birmingham, Fashion Embroidery Show Standards at NEC, view 1 Standards at NEC, view 2

  • 2010, April: Helensburgh Library

  • 2010. June 14th - 18th, Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh

  • 2010, October 5th - 31st: New Lanark Heritage Centre (The Gallery), New Lanak

  • 2011, January: Birnam Arts Centre, Dunkeld

Birnam

  • 2011, May: Chatelherault Visitors' Centre, nr. Hamilton