V&A Dundee

Daytrippers: Fiona Hall

With sustainability in design at the heart of this year's Daytrippers project, each of our collectible, limited edition souvenirs is made with a commitment to reducing waste and creating special products that will last for many summers to come. The Playtime Picnic Blanket by Camban Studio celebrates friendship, summertime and being outdoors. In this series, you'll meet the designers behind these distinctive products. Today, we chat with Fiona Hall of Camban Studio.
Fiona Hall

Fiona Hall is an Aberdeen based designer who trained at The Glasgow School of Art where she studied International Product Design. In 2018, she launched Camban Studio which focuses predominantly on hand stitch, printed textiles, and print design. Locality, sustainability, and circularity have become strong values within her work practice which embodies the links between craft, personal social and environmental wellbeing, and equality.

We asked Fiona to describe her design process and her special commission for V&A Dundee.

“The design is inspired by childhood picnics in village parks, playing picnic games and making daisy chains! I love a good picnic, and a picnic blanket had been on my wishlist of products to make for ages so it’s been a dream commission! It was lovely to reminisce about picnics I’ve had to create the print design. It was also great to work with the wider project team and collaborate with other makers and designers on the creation of the perfect finishing touches on the finished item. I hope this picnic mat will be a backdrop for many more memorable picnics!”

For Daytrippers we asked Fiona to create a picnic blanket that celebrated conviviality, the great outdoors and that would transform any location into a dining destination. Featuring daisies and grass and with a nod to noughts and crosses and quoits, the design is a refreshing twist on a traditional picnic blanket. The blanket is made of organic panama cotton and features a water resistant backing fabric. The chic, vegetable tanned leather strap has been handmade by Fernweh and the removable brass stud allows for the blanket to be washed easily at home.

“I was delighted to be invited by Local Heroes to design a souvenir for the Daytrippers! Project. It was an honour to be asked. And it’s been great to work with Stacey at Local Heroes and the wonderful V&A Dundee on the project. I’m thrilled to see my prints featured in the project, and in the V&A Dundee shop.”

In 2021 Fiona launched her own range of online courses for the general public to pass on her hand stitch, craft and design skills, to support people in their creativity. The focus is on how being in and around nature, linked with craft, can improve feelings of wellbeing.

“I enjoy working with the colours and textures of our local ecology and natural environments of Aberdeenshire. I examine methods to translate natural forms into designs, using the local plant life as both material and inspiration for Eco-Printing, Mono-Printing, Block-Printing, Screen-Printing, Digital Print and hand stitch and embroidery. I also work with local natural dyes and have knowledge of various dyeing techniques.”

A picnic blanket rolled up.
'Playtime Picnic Blanket' by Camban Studio

Local Heroes, founded by design curator and exhibition maker Dr Stacey Hunter, is a curatorial studio that connects audiences with contemporary Scottish design and craft.

All the products are available on the museum plaza, in our shop or online.