Historic craft skills with a contemporary twist

Historic craft skills with a contemporary twist

For the last 20+ years, I have designed narrative environments for cultural institutions around the world, following my studies in graphic design at art school in the 1990s. Moving to Forres in 2012 created a desire to bring my designs to life with my own hands. Kilts were a natural fit, as I had been commissioning them since the beginning of my career to be made for the opening of each museum. Using my own cloth, sourced from the site of the work, or designing in specific details that commemorate the endeavour, they describe every project I’ve completed in the last two decades. In learning to make them myself, this personal tradition developed into a passion that’s now become my profession.

My passion is to uphold this historic craft skill, whilst fusing it with contemporary design and promoting a responsible, resourceful means of production, on a small, sustainable scale. I’m an experimenter. An unapologetic fiddler and faffer. I potter with something until I’ve pulled it apart and put it back together as something else. I may be 48 yrs old, but have the same energy and enthusiasm for the craft as I did at 28. I’m also pretty patient—that helps when making kilts.

You can follow my adventures on Instagram here - https://www.instagram.com/acme.atelier/

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