Arts & Crafts Textiles Celebration @ Marchmont

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Arts & Crafts Textiles celebration - nature, beauty and community from 1850 to present day.

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William Morris is arguably the most famous of the Arts and Crafts luminaries, but the often overlooked story of his daughter May Morris and her contribution to the movement, particularly in the field of textiles, needs to be celebrated.

Responsible for creating some of Morris & Co.’s most iconic designs, as well as preserving the legacy of her father and the company, May Morris’ broad body of work continues to reverberate today. Connecting with the landmark May Morris: Art & Life exhibition at Dovecot Studios presented in association with the William Morris Gallery, this is an opportunity to take an in-depth look at the importance of Arts and Crafts textiles. Exploring the hidden stories behind these objects, we will look to the key themes of nature, beauty and a sense of community that drove the movement.

- Sponsored by Lyon & Turnbull + supported by Arts & Crafts Tours -

- In Partnership with Dovecot Studios & William Morris Gallery -

** N.B. - Provisional & DRAFT running order - SUBJECT TO CHANGE**

Speakers to include:

Margaretta Frederick - Chief Curator, Delaware Art Museum

Kate Grenyer – Curator, Dovecot Studios

Dr Lynn Hulse – Embroidery Expert

John Mackie - Director - Lyon & Turnbull

Paul Reeves - Collector & dealer

Mary Schoeser –Honorary President, The Textile Society

Joseph Sharples - Curator of Mackintosh Collections and Applied Art The Hunterian


Local Textile Stories in the Borders:

Hazel Smith - Re-Tweed - using textiles for social enterprise

Pauline Burbidge – Artist – stitch & collage

Andrew Crummy - Designer of the Great Tapestry of Scotland


Display of works:

Naomi Robertson - Dovecot Master Weaver and head of studio.

Louise Gardiner - The Cape of Empowerment & Dream Tree.

Morag McPherson - An arts & crafts Kimono!

Barley Roscoe - Ernest Gimson textiles

Sponsored by: Lyon & Turnbull

Supported by: Arts & Crafts Tours

Lyon and Turnbull: Operating since 1826, Lyon & Turnbull are one of the longest established fine art and antiques auction houses in the United Kingdom. In the 21st century, we combine dedicated personal advice and attention with innovative, thoughtful marketing and a deep understanding of the world of art and antiques to offer an unparalleled auctioneer service.


Arts and Crafts Tours: With over 25 years of experience, we offer personalised, meticulously-crafted small-group tours of 19th- and 20th-Century art and architecture in Europe and America.


** N.B. - Provisional & DRAFT running order - SUBJECT TO CHANGE**

9:30 Registration and Coffee

10:00 Welcome and Introduction

Hugo Burge - Director, Marchmont Farms Limited

10:15 "May Morris, Her Passion & Her Legacy"

Dr Margaretta Frederick - Chief Curator, Delaware Art Museum

10:45 "Dovecot Studios - A living Arts & Crafts Tradition"

Kate Grenyer – Curator, Dovecot Studios

11:15 COFFEE - included

11:30 "A Personal Journey"

Paul Reeves - Collector & dealer

12:00 Highlights of Textiles Tour of Marchmont

1:00 pm LUNCH - included

2:00 pm "Not Roses but Honeysuckle: The impact of garden design on Arts & Crafts textiles"

Mary Schoeser – Honorary President, The Textile Society

2:30 pm "Art Embroidery – Influences, Technique & Revival"

Dr Lynn Hulse – Embroidery expert

3:00 pm Local Textiles: Nature & community

Hazel Smith - Re-Tweed "Using textiles for social enterprise"

Pauline Burbidge – Artist "Using Stitch & Collage"

Andrew Crummy - Designer "The Great Tapestry of Scotland "

3:45 pm TEA - included

4:15 pm "Mackintosh & textiles"

Joseph Sharples - Curator of Mackintosh Collections and Applied Art The Hunterian


Arts & Crafts Textiles Legacy

John Mackie - Director - Lyon & Turnbull


Naomi Robertson - Dovecot Master Weaver and head of studio.

Dr Lynn Hulse – Embroidery Expert.

- Stitching one of May’s designs on a free standing hoop frame.

Andrew Crummy - time to contribute to the Great Tapestry of Scotland...

6.15 pm Closing Comments

Hugo Burge - Director, Marchmont Farms Limited

John Mackie - Director, Lyon & Turnbull

6.25 pm DRINKS PARTY - for all attendees

7.30 pm End of event

Optional additional event

7.15pm Speakers Dinner **ticket holders and invited guests only **

** There is limited accommodation available for booking at Marchmont - please email office@marchmonthouse.com for further information**

N.B. Please note that this programme is provisional and based on the availability of the speakers and is therefore beyond the control of the organisers Marchmont Farms Limited. We reserve the right to make any changes to the advertised program that may prove necessary. In this instance substitute speakers may not address the same topic as that advertised. Any such changes will be communicated as early as possible.


Pauline Burbidge

Take one person who, at the age of twenty five was moved when viewing an exhibition of antique quilts, and mix it with her art school practice of drawing, colour, line, and abstraction. Stir in a passion for cloth, stitching and making, together with a love of the rural landscape, the natural world and the spirituality of a special place, and you begin to get a picture of my textile artwork now. Many influences have come and gone, however, over the forty plus years, quilt making still moves me!!

I make unique, special, “one-off”, individual quilts, wall hung textiles, creating my own visual language in fabric.

I have exhibited worldwide, and my work has been purchased by the major museums of the UK and major USA collections.

Andrew Crummy

Born in Craigmillar, Edinburgh which is often seen as a poor area. In fact, my introduction to art was through the Craigmillar Festival Society, so my childhood memories are full of Community Arts events that involved festivals, drama, music, clowns, colour and laughter. I trained as an illustrator at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee, then on a MA Design course at Glasgow School of Art. My professional life started off in London working for Everything But The Girl, New Musical Express, The Observer, Timeout, Goodhousekeeping. Through Design Agencies developed into large scale murals in busy High Streets across the UK for Midland Bank around building sites. These murals were often the history of cities, towns or places. This then developed into more artworks in public and community settings, the longest being around The Spindles Shooping Centre in Oldham which was a quarter of mile. Since then I have been fortunate to have been involved with many mural projects around the world. I have become involved with a range of book publications, multimedia events, festivals and educational programmes. I was the mural Convenor for The Prestonpans Murals Programme which now has over 50 public arts. Recently I have been the designer for The Battle of Prestonpans Tapestry, The Great Tapestry of Scotland and The Scottish Diaspora tapestry. Since the launch of The Great Tapestry of Scotland in 2013 I have completed over 50 talks.

I still illustrate the occassional book, paint skyscapes, murals, portraits and of course draw with a 2B pencil.

Margaretta Frederick

Margaretta S Frederick is the Annette Woolard-Provine Curator of the Bancroft Collection of Pre-Raphaelite Art at the Delaware Art Museum. Dr. Frederick received her PhD from Bryn Mawr College in 1996, with a specialization in British 19th century art. She has lectured and published widely on nineteenth century British art and art patronage. Dr. Frederick has been integral to the Museum’s Bancroft Collection for over twenty years. She is responsible for organizing Waking Dreams (2005-6), the two year tour of the Delaware Art Museum’s Pre-Raphaelite collection as well as the reinstallation of that collection which opened to the public in the fall of 2007. More recently she co-curated (with Jan Marsh) the first retrospective exhibition of the Pre-Raphaelite painter Marie Spartali Stillman which opened at the Delaware Art Museum in November 2015.Projects currently underway for the future include an exhibition of the work of Evelyn and William De Morgan in fall 2020. Dr Frederick is currently co-editing the collected letters of May Morris with Anna Mason.

Kate Grenyer

Kate Grenyer curates Dovecot Gallery’s exhibition programme. She has a background working in gallery education and outreach as well as diverse experience working in exhibitions and programme coordination, art handling, and installation at a number of arts and heritage organisations. She completed an MFA in Contemporary Art Theory at ECA in 2012 and has since worked as an independent curator and writer. She joined the team at Dovecot in 2013, where she has responsibility for planning and coordinating the exhibitions programme in conjunction with the Senior Management Team.

Dr Lynn Hulse

Dr Lynn Hulse has focused on embroidered textiles since 2004 and founded Ornamental Embroidery with Nicola Jarvis in 2010. Former Archivist at the Royal School of Needlework and a Visiting Research Fellow at the Victoria and Albert Museum, Lynn is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and Chair of the Trustees of the Brangwyn Gift at the William Morris Gallery. In addition to designing embroidery and teaching historic hand stitch, she is currently researching the development of Art Embroidery in the second half of the 19th century.

John Mackie

John Mackie, one of the founding Directors of Lyon & Turnbull, is a specialist in Decorative Arts: Design from 1860, European Ceramics & Glass, and Fine Furniture & Works of Art.

John has 25 years’ experience in the auction business, beginning his career at Phillips in Glasgow in 1989 after a career in agriculture. He initially ran the saleroom as the saleroom manager, and cut his teeth supervising house sales for the company including Knockdow in Argyll and Rowallan Castle in Ayrshire. In October 1993 he took over the Decorative Arts department for Phillips in Glasgow and Edinburgh before becoming Head of Antique Furniture and Associate Director of the firm in Scotland.

In 1999 John, along with four other colleagues from Phillips, was instrumental in the regeneration of the long-established auction house Lyon & Turnbull and is a founding director with responsibilities for brand management. Initially running both the Antique Furniture department and the Decorative Arts departments for Lyon & Turnbull, John now specialises in the Decorative Arts from 1860 to the present day.

He is an enthusiastic visitor to country houses, museums and galleries and exhibitions wherever he finds himself. Favourite places include Kettles Yard in Cambridge, Knole House in Kent and anywhere in the V&A in London. John is a committee member of the Edinburgh Art Fund as well as a member of the Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society and The Decorative Arts Society.

Paul Reeves

Paul began collecting furniture and related items over fifty years ago at the age of fifteen, opening my first antiques shop in Battersea Bridge Rd in 1976 dealing in objects from the 19th and 20th centuries. He was previously a successful clothing designer with premises on London’s Fulham Rd. Until the opening of the gallery on London’s Kensington Church Street in 1981 (now closed), he also designed interiors for select clients, echoing the decorative philosophy of the design movements which he admired.

Today the business continues from Paul's Cirencester premises, focusing on selling to private collectors and museums, items produced by the leading architects and designers active in late nineteenth and early twentieth century Britain. Since the business was established, he is proud to have found and marketed many major works by the pre-eminent architects, artists and designers of the period which had been previously thought to be lost.

Mary Schoeser

As a predominantly freelance historian since 1991, Mary Schoeser MA FRSA has written diverse publications (26 books, over 50 essays in books and over 120 shorter pieces), which include Textiles: A concise history (T&H: 2003), Silk (Yale University Press, 2007), and Textiles: The art of mankind (Thames & Hudson, 2012 and 2013). For nine years in the 1980s the Archivist for Warner & Sons, there she was introduced to Marianne Straub, co-creating a book and exhibition on her life’s work in 1984. From 1991 a consultant archivist to numerous firms, her knowledge of British manufacturers extends to a sound understanding of textile and wallpaper production itself. This has facilitated restoration work with English Heritage, the National Trust and other historic property owners and also informed 36 curatorial projects, most recently a Designers Guild exhibition for the Fashion & Textile Museum in London. Extensive academic experience included a part-time research position at Central Saint Martins (2000-2011) and receipt in 2016 of an Honorary Senior Research Fellowship from the V&A Museum. President of the Textile Society, she is also Patron of the School of Textiles, Coggeshall.

Joseph Sharples

Joseph is a curator and architectural historian specialising in the 19th and early 20th centuries. He has held research posts at the universities of Aberdeen, Glasgow and Liverpool, and he has written on the buildings of Liverpool and Aberdeen for the 'Pevsner Architectural Guides' series. He was lead researcher on the acclaimed University of Glasgow project, 'Mackintosh Architecture: Context, Making and Meaning'. Formerly Assistant Curator of Fine Art at National Museums Liverpool, he has also worked in the Department of Prints and Drawings at the British Museum and with Historic Royal Palaces at Hampton Court and the Tower of London. He has published articles and curated exhibitions on architecture and domestic interiors. In 2017, he curated the opening exhibition at the new RIBA North gallery in Liverpool, comprising drawings and models for unrealised architectural projects in Liverpool.

The Hunterian at the University of Glasgow houses the world’s most important collection of the work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868-1928) and his wife Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh (1864-1933). It is also home to the Mackintosh House, the reassembled interiors of their Glasgow home. Joseph is currently working on a new introductory display which will tell the history of the House and relate it to its Glasgow context.


Bringing works to display:

Louise Gardiner

A British designer-maker from Cheshire in the North West of England, producing unique embroidered artworks. Drawing freely with a sewing machine needle and thread, conveying complex organic designs and drawings onto linen with energy and precision.

Louise’s dynamic embroideries showcase the highest levels of craft and technique, layering appliqué with intense stitching and hand-sewn beads. The works shimmer with magical depth and catch the changing light, every piece is meticulously made, labour-intensive, intuitive, and unique. Embroidery is an exciting medium, with endless possibilities and Louise remains a passionate and energetic ambassador of stitch and individual creativity. Her unique approach dusts the cobwebs off this traditional craft and shows that stitch can really pack a punch. Installations include ‘You Blow me away’ at Collect- the Saatchi Gallery and large scale commemorative textiles for Liberty- London.


Morag Macpherson

At Morag Macpherson Textiles and Wallpaper, we love being inspired by our surroundings and travels. Based on the High Street in Kirkcudbright, we are full of gratitude for nature's beauty, so abundantly present on a daily basis.

​This Galloway region of South-west Scotland is an enclave for artists, and we delight in being a part of such rich artistic heritage, whilst remaining contemporary in our technique and approach. We also take influence from our travels and different cultures, with hybrids of multi-culturalism finding their natural home in our patchwork creations.

A combination of art, design, craft and digital technology make our luxurious and unique fabrics, wallpapers, accessories, wearable art and interior pieces a joy to create and appreciate.

Please allow us to extend a warm and hearty Scottish welcome to our world of pattern and colour.


Naomi Robertson

Naomi Robertson is Studio Manager and Master Weaver who joined Dovecot after graduating from Edinburgh College of Art with a BA (Hons) degree in Tapestry in 1990. Naomi has worked on some of Dovecot Studio’s highest profile projects, both designing for and weaving commissioned projects. These have included the R. B. Kitaj tapestry in the British Library, the Butterfly tapestry created in collaboration with Alison Watt for the Theatre Royal, and The Large Tree Group Tapestry derived from a painting by Victoria Crowe, and woven entirely from undyed wool, which now hangs in the National Museum of Scotland. Robertson is a member of the Incorporation of Weavers of Glasgow.

Barley Roscoe

Her mother was a great-niece of Ernest Gimson, the Arts and Crafts architect, furniture designer and maker and Barley grew up with the Arts and Craft tradition. Having graduated from Bristol University in History of Art, History, Archaeology and Ancient History she went on to study woven and printed textiles at West Surrey College of Art and Design.

Barley set up the Crafts Study Centre within the Holburne Museum of Art, Bath where she was Director from 1986-1999 and was awarded an MBE for her work there. She is an associate of the Museums Association and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

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