Lucy's jacket illustration is the height of fashion


COMBINING art and design into her pieces for an anniversary exhibition in Glasgow has been a very rewarding experience for fashion illustrator Lucy MacLeod.

Lucy, who lives in David Street, Langholm showed her work at The Lighthouse for Recoat's 10th anniversary exhibition This Will Ruin Everything.

The Teri Lass coat was made as a collaboration with Hawick-based Made in Grey Britain for the Recoat show. It was made from vintage Borders wool, originally used for equestrian, military garment-making.

The Teri Lass is screenprinted directly onto the wool, covering the back panel and a front pocket.

This Will Ruin Everything, which Recoat is curating, features 40 Scottish and international artists and designers exhibiting a broad range of creative practices.

This Will Ruin Everything sums up the debate over public art, its purpose, function and value.

Lucy said: "Recoat's work is quite hard to categorise. They are a two-person team, Ali Wylie and Amy Whiten, both of whom I've known for years."

Lucy and Dwayne held an exhibition together in a Recoat gallery space and, as a result, she was asked to take part in the anniversary show.

She said: "They invited people they had worked with over the past two years to contribute pieces of work for Design Week.

"The whole exhibition was about art and design. What is design and what is art and where are you on that spectrum? As an illustrator, I ask myself that a lot.

"The artists were free to collaborate with other people. For my design piece I brought in another husband and wife team, Jason Lee and Emily Quinn. I went to college with Emily.

"Their company is Jaggy Nettle and they design clothes under that label. They have recently bought a mill in Hawick and converted it into a business for themselves.

"It's an established brand trying to use locally-made resources. They travel around the Borders buying dead stock from mills.

"I'm not a designer so we both contributed something to the piece."

Lucy used the Common Riding and its symbols, something Emily researches as a teacher.

Lucy said: "I thought that would be interesting to do. We decided to use vintage material from a Peebles mill. It was made in the 1960s and is a dark navy. It had its own history which fed into the Common Riding history."

Although it is a men's coat, Lucy used the female imagery of the Common Riding. Having researched the history of women in the Borders, she could find very little mention of them.

She said: "There are no prominent female figures. Is that linked to the Common Riding? Is it modern?

"Women must have had a massive role in Borders history. Women were strong because the men were often away. That has never woven its way into the symbols of the Common Riding.

"I looked at ways of making that male culture more feminine. It's a dedication to Borders women.

"It's on a men's jacket but I made it a woman using traditional symbols and the flowers which are involved in the parades. It suggests fertility and harvest."

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 11:59AM
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