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George Barbier. “Sérenade,” 1923. Colour process engraving published by Meynial, Paris. E.638-1954

Falbalas and Fanfreluches part 1: Folk Dress

George Barbier (1882-1932) was one of the most highly regarded illustrators of the early 20th century Art Deco movement. His 1910s and 1920s fashion illustrations are among some of the most evocative of their period, and tempered with an unexpected sense of humour and liveliness. Perhaps more successfully than any other fashion illustrator of his […]

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European ceramics on display at the Malay Heritage Centre

Scottish Ceramics in Singapore

My first encounter with Scottish ceramics was during a study trip to Singapore in 2012. A group of European ceramics on display at the Malay Heritage Centre had caught my eyes. The curator said that they were recovered from the current site, formerly a Malay royal palace, during two archaeological excavations in 2000 and 2003. […]

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CraftCentral facade

Tartan: Its Journey Through the African Diaspora

Our  Collaboration The exhibition ‘Tartan: Its Journey through the African Diaspora’, opened with a BANG last Monday 4th August 2014 at Craft Central Gallery in Farringdon, London. Colourful Caribbean dancers, Caribbean and African musicians and a superb Scottish piper celebrated the exhibition opening in a most stupendous fashion. Sun and rum welcomed the guests, as did Designer Laura […]

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Burns Night

It is soon to be Burns Night, providing The Factory with the perfect opportunity to dig out some of the best Caledonian-related objects in our collection, and provide a little party inspiration. Burns Night is a delicious celebration held on the25th January, celebrating the life and works of the Scottish poet Rabbie Burns. The merriment […]

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Happy St Andrew’s Day

It’s 30th November, also known as St Andrew’s Day. What a perfect time to celebrate Scottish design with a look at some fine examples of Caledonian craft. We begin with an object that was not just made in Scotland, it was made *of* Scotland. Scottish stones to be precise. This double scarf or shawl pin […]

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