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Capturing the momentRead MoreJanuary 26, 2019


There is a painting in Dundee's McManus Museum and Art Gallery which is intriguing on many levels.

A familiar cloth in an odd placeRead MoreJanuary 19, 2019


When looking for Shetland tweed or items from the Festival of Britain, it is not necessarily towards the Museum of English Rural Life that one would gravitate.

Visiting HalifaxRead MoreJanuary 19, 2019

This January a roadtrip northwards to Forres in Scotland has been an eye-opener.

Shetland's tweeds - a new research projectRead MoreJanuary 19, 2019


Shetland's tweeds are a small part of the islands' history today but in the past these cloths were much more important.

A belated Happy New Year!Read MoreJanuary 19, 2019

A very happy 2019 to all our readers out in blogland.

A Christmas BreakRead MoreDecember 22, 2018

It is time to have a short break from the blog.

Anni AlbersRead MoreDecember 22, 2018


As you will know, there is an exhibition of Anni Albers' textiles, drawings and concepts at Tate Modern.

The Botanic Gardens of WalesRead MoreDecember 22, 2018


This year we are in Wales for the festive season and paid a visit to the Botanic Gardens of Wales, just outside Swansea.

I am AshurbanipalRead MoreDecember 15, 2018

The British Museum is showing "I am Ashurbanipal. King of the world, king of Assyria" in the BP exhibition.

New research into tweedRead MoreDecember 15, 2018

Next year I am going to start a "Master of Research" degree, looking at what constitutes Shetland tweed and how to take this important cultural craft into the future.