Last Thursday I launched a brand new textiles department at my work, the Scottish Design Exchange, supporting Scotland-based print designers for textiles and wallpapers. I am really excited to finally be able to add some of the country’s most talented textile designers to our community of local creatives. Huge thanks to Edinburgh musicians Jack Hinks and Sean Munro for kicking off the party with a brilliant acoustic set, and for everybody who came to celebrate with me!
This new development will become part of the extensive repertoire of not-for-profit community-based projects supporting creative arts in Scotland. On the evening of Thursday 2nd March 2017, designers, customers and press came to celebrate the launch of this new space within our large retail store, marking the beginning of a 6-month trial of selling fashion and interior fabrics on behalf of a selection of independent Scottish designers.
Customers will now be able to browse through samples of fabrics and wallpaper designed and made in Scotland, in handmade sample books displayed in a bespoke new unit and place orders for lengths of material, as well as purchase ready-made homeware products made our of the designed materials, in a cosy, homely setting amongst the inspiring artwork of our existing members.
The textile brands involved in the new department include:
The Scottish Design Exchange is a not-for-profit shop in Ocean Terminal in Edinburgh, set up to help artists and designers experience retail in a fair and collaborative way.
In the shop, over 150 fashion designers, artists, textile and jewellery designers, book publishers, photographers, product manufacturers and musicians work together as a creative community,
The concept has proved immensely popular with the public who love the idea not just of buying locally, but buying straight from the designers themselves, with 100% of the profits going back to the artist.