Still on camera in Scotland
Proof that I bring sunshine into people’s lives wherever I go was evidenced on Friday when Glasgow was bathed in spring sunlight to coincide with my visit. Following on from my previous blog for Thursday,the first stop on our filming schedule for Textiles Scotland was the screening room within the rather smart Blythswood Square Hotel.
Here each of the 40 comfy cinema seats is covered with a different Harris Tweed – and very impressive is the effect. The hotel uses Harris Tweed for most of its furniture, a classy reminder of the cloth’s suitability for interiors as well as apparel. In the screening room. we filmed pieces-to-camera on Scottish luxury knitwear (the best kind) and on Harris Tweed itself, which is the only textile in the world that is defined and protected by an Act of Parliament.
After an adventure negotiating the mystery that is Glasgow’s one-way street system, the happy band from Speakeasy Productions and I descended on a brilliant incubator unit for fashion start-ups called Fashion Foundry. After an adventure negotiating the mystery of the signage in the huge building it is in (it’s jam-packed with creative studios and workshops), we finally found our lovely collaborators:
Laura Ironside, who works in beautiful Scottish leather and suede to make corsetry-inspired pieces, as seen in the background here:
Pea Cooper, who does a brilliant job in creating stunning headwear – including ones in Harris Tweed!;
and Jennifer Kent, whose impressive men’s knitwear collection is presented under the Edition Scotland label.
I finished off my filming by disrupting the Friday afternoon of Mairi McDonald, another Fashion Foundry member. Mairi has worked as a designer for a number of luxury brands and large retailers but now runs her own business that uses Scottish lace and leather to create striking stylish womenswear with a rock ‘n’ roll inspiration. She also finds time to write a fashion column for The Herald. Clever lass! As the photos show, we had an amusing time.
If all goes to plan, the Textiles Scotland video should be available for viewing in early May. I’ll keep you informed.
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