This project started with conversations with my dad about a trip he did around Northern Scotland and the Outer Hebrides in the summer of 1991. His stories and memories, as well as those of my mum and two other friends who accompanied him, inspired a collection of songs and a collection of garments. The ensemble is incomplete as yet. Shown here are the undergarments.
 The linen shift is sewn by hand from a 13th century pattern. The socks (or hose) are hand knitted and held up with cotton tapes below the knee. The pair of pockets are made from a linen napkin belonging to my great grandfather and tie around the waist as in 18th century women’s dress. The headscarf if cross stitched with the word ‘Scramble’ which is what you would do if there was a ram chasing you down a mountain.

You can hear me sing the stories of hotels and rainy holidays, banquets on mountains and kites by following the link above.










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