What’s on at The Lighthouse from July….

*imagery available on request

1. Ermantrude’s Travels in Scotland – Charlotte Linton

Eriskay pony

Review Gallery

12th July – 30th August

Press launch / Private View 11th July 6-8pm

The Exhibition

Charlotte Linton has found success as a fashion designer by selling in international boutiques, working with large US retailers and designing prints for commercial and designer brands.

This exhibition is an opportunity to see how a collection is created. Combing her passion to demonstrate the potential of printed textiles to tell and record images and the craft heritage from specific geographical areas.

Linton was invited to exhibit at the Lighthouse after the 6 week residency at Cove Park, Argyll and Bute in 2012. She used the residency to research the immediate area as well as explore the Outer Hebrides. Photography, books, local museums and conversations with local residents and crafts people helped her collect material and ideas which formed the basis of the exhibition.

She says of her work:  “It has led me to identify what I feel defines Scotland, its people, its history and its representation in images and customs, and highlighted some of the crafts that are dying out.”

The exhibition is a presentation of 6 of the designs from this residency, their production into scarves and traditional Japanese Haori jackets alongside the objects or recollections that influenced the design.

 There will be a small brochure to accompany the exhibition offering further insight into the histories that inform the designs, an excerpt from Ermantrude’s Travels, and details regarding the processes involved in the scarf’s production.

Charlotte Linton studied fashion and textiles for six years at Central St. Martins and the Royal College of Art.

The Works

Paisley and Turkey red (Wool delaine 130x130cm )

This print takes influence from traditional Paisley shawls and Turkey Red cloth both of which were designed and manufactured on the West coast of Scotland during the 19th century.

Boat building (Double georgette, 120cmx120cm)

Based on research looking at the declining boat building industry on the west coast of Scotland the design ties in traditional techniques and highlights the purpose of a range of boats used for fishing.

Lewis Chessmen (Jacquard woven, 70x200cm )

This design combines the world famous Lewis chessmen (discovered in Uig  by a farmer in the 19th Century) with a traditional black and cream plaid shepherds shawl, playing on the idea of a chessboard. The chessmen stand as a symbol of Scotland’s Norse history, combined with a shawl woven at Begg of Scotland, Ayrshire, combining tradition, history and culture.

Eriskay Ponies (wool delaine 130x130cm)

The Eriskay Pony is a rare and ancient breed which can be traced back to the Picts. They were used to transport peat, kelp and hay in handmade wicker creels. This design attempts to illustrate the the way the pony was essential to the islanders before the invention of motor vehicles and the subsequent crafts which emerged from their use.

Puffin Rope (Double georgette, 120cmx120cm)


This repeat, geometric textile design for a scarf references the importance of puffins to the remote islands of the Hebrides. The puffins and their eggs were harvested on St Kilda and Mingulay, collected by men abseiling the cliffs with horsehair ropes.

Gaelic translation (Double georgette, 120cmx120cm)

This scarf design looks at the fascinating Gaelic language and the translations of words as they are spoken in English, for example –   Sea Campion (coireanmara) –‘Mermaid of the shore,’ and Buttercup (buidheag an t-samhraidh) – ‘The small yellow one of the summer.’

Charlotte Linton’ Practice

Each collection of scarves is based on research into a particular geographical region, focusing on the relationship between nature and culture, and the way in which certain images, objects and motifs have form a kind of anthropological aesthetic synonymous with that region. This approach results in a collection of scarves that is celebratory of the rich visual history of a country, and forms an investigation into the shifting languages of craft.

Having been heavily influenced by stories of adventure and exploration – from Hergé’s The Adventures of Tintin, to real life explorers such as Gertrude Bell and Alma Karlin – Linton created a fictional muse named Ermantrude.  Ermantrude is a zoologist travelling around the world in the earlier part of the 20th century, her life is played out on a blog called Ermantrude’s Travels.

Ermantrude, with her “sharp sense of style and even sharper intellect”, introduces the reader of the blog to local wildlife, customs, and the varying landscapes of the regions she visits. The blog is updated weekly in a simple format where the narrative is largely presented through illustrations. In this way the reader sees a visual development in the research and design. Ideas and images from the blog directly impact on the content of the scarves, creating a network of visual, textual, and stylistic information grounded in the thorough research of anthropologists and naturalists.

Design & Production

The colourful and eclectic prints produced for the scarves are created using combinations of collage, drawing, painting, and photography. The imagery is then developed digitally with the use of Photoshop, fusing smooth digital effects with the handmade. The final garments are produced using digital printing on a range of natural materials, and more traditional processes such as industrial weaving.

Notes to the Editor:

Cove Park: The residency supports an established maker/designer at a key stage in their career to undertake research, explore new ideas and make significant developments in their practice within the context of Cove Park’s international and cross-disciplinary programme.




11TH July – 29th August


Trakke is a young Glasgow-based company who produce ethically manufactured bags from their workshop and ship worldwide. They source all their materials from various manufacturers in Britain (webbing zips fabric etc) and are concerned with the quality of these components as well as their ethical credentials. Recently they have been developing collaborative ranges with a number of Scottish based textile companies, such as Harris Tweed and Timorous Beasties. The bags are durable and long lasting and popular among cyclists and outdoor enthusiasts. Their first product, the messenger bag, is a variation of a cycle courier satchel. Since this initial product the range has expanded to include bags of various dimensions fit for a range of purposes.

The Exhibition

The exhibition will explore this company in a series of sections in the context of their role as ethical, sustainable British manufacturers.

The Raw Materials: Showing samples, processes and locations of their suppliers.

Process: Describing the process involved in the manufacture of the bags, including a webcam into the workshop at Basecamp TRAKKE, a map showing the location of their products worldwide and a sewing station which will be live occasionally demonstrating production.

The User: A range of users demonstrate the versatility, functionality and joy of the products for a range of activities.

Shop: A specially designed yurt (prototype) will house the product range and link to their online show. Sponsored by MAKLab


“Trakke make luggage for cyclists and adventurists. Designed and made in the UK, Trakke products are handmade by British craftsmen, using high quality, long-lasting materials from British sources. Committed to functionality and design excellence, Trakke bags are built to last. You will probably only buy one Trakke bag in your lifetime, so they are designed to carry your life.”


Handmade in Glasgow video