When designing tweed I always use the landscape around me as inspiration. The forests and rivers of my home in rural Aberdeenshire have influenced many of my designs, as well as the patterns and seasonal rhythms I experienced growing up. The colours I select are all drawn from the countryside, and matched closely with high quality natural yarns. My tweeds don’t follow quickly changing fashions; instead I try to create designs that are classic and timeless, for use in both the country and the city. There are an amazing range of patterns that can be created in tweed, and I aim to celebrate this variety instead of just using those that are most commonly recognised. I only have 30m of each tweed produced; when one is finished I bring in a new design to create a constantly developing collection. All of the tweeds are woven in independent Scottish mills, I use different mills for different projects depending on the colours and weight of fabric I want to achieve.
Spring Woodland Tweed
When designing this tweed I was inspired by the bluebells and daffodils in the woodland behind my parents house during Spring. I loved the fresh green growth with the flecks of blue and yellow as the first flower bloom. The simple blue and yellow check on a green reflects this bright time of year. A very popular tweed, it was the first I released.
Autumn Reflections Tweed
I wanted to capture the reflection of the Autumn leaves in the river; the image distorted by the rippling water, with flecks of the crisp Autumn skies. I love the colour combination in this unusual tweed which I drew inspiration from a 1930s hand woven waistcoat. It looks very smart in the products and is ideal for transferring from a city to country look.
Heather & Granite Tweed
Growing up in Aberdeenshire, I have been surrounded by the harsh granite and rolling heather covered hills. I wanted to create a tweed that really reflected the landscape which so often is covered with the shroud of the famous Aberdeenshire Haar (Scottish sea mist). The soft colours and broken design make this tweed disappear into the landscape, with delicate purple and green checks to give the effect of the heather just coming into bloom. I have used a very traditional Scottish design that is seen little these days but I think it is one of my favourite combinations.
River Dee Tweed
This design really reflects home to me. Growing up a stones throw from the river, I love the way the colours constantly change with the mood of the weather. This tweed was inspired by the colours of the river at the opening of the fishing season in February. With the deep blue winters sky and the reflection of the trees in the river, the ferns on the river bank were still the wonderful amber they turn in the autumn. The design also reminds me of my grandmother as it is a very traditional structure with the block colours, I always remember her wearing a tweed skirt.
Scots Pine Tweed
Heading a little further North to the native Scots Pine forests of the Cairngorm National Park, this tweed was inspired by the habitat for Cappercaillie and the Red Squirrel. In the Autumn the bark turns this wonderful deep red and orange, with the ground a wonderful brown from fallen pine needles which deepen in colour on the trees. I wanted to disguise the typical diagonal lines of a tweed by combining 2 colours in the warp which picks up on the flecked floor of the forest.