London launch date for local designer
The trip from Orkney to London is a long one, but with the launch of a new collection on the horizon, it's a journey Orphir-based knitwear designers Hilary Grant can't wait to make.
The team will be showcasing its brand new 2017 range of knitwear, blankets and scarves at the London Design Fair between the 21st and 24th of September. The event is a major part of the city's annual Design Festival and last year attracted nearly 30,000 visitors - including buyers, designers and members of the public.
Hilary Grant will be part of a special group of makers in the Scotland: Design & Craft pavilion at the Fair. The Scottish contingent are being curated by Craft Scotland and Emergents, highlighing some of the very best designers working across the country today.
It's an event that the Orkney Craft Association member is particularly excited about, with its innovative new designs set to take centre stage. Part of the Autumn/Winter 17 collection has been developed with a unique dual-scale aspect. On close inspection, the blankets and scarves appear to be made up of tiny aspect patterns, but from a distance there is a greater visual effect, with a geometric patchwork of subtle hues and colours becoming visible.
It's an effect similar to that used to create images on old-fashioned CRT televisions, where three colours were used in different proportions to create hundreds of different shades and hues. In the ‘Voe’ blanket, which the company will launch in London, there are just three colours of yarn used, which together create more than fifteen different hues.
Hilary Grant said: “We’re always looking to develop new ideas and push the technical limitations of the medium. The designs we will be exhibiting at the London Design Fair haven’t been seen before in commercial knitwear, especially at this scale. We’re really excited about showcasing our work and meeting new customers and buyers from around the world.”
She continued: “Being part of the Scotland: Design & Craft pavilion is a great honour and its fantastic to work alongside other creative and talented makers from around the country.”
It's the start of a busy period for the business, run by Hilary and her partner Rob. As well as launching the new range, a selection will also be available to buy at the prestigious Design Museum in London for the first time, and items will be stocked at lifestyle shops and department stores across the UK, US, Switzerland, Japan and Hong Kong. Hilary's hand knitting book, ‘Knitting from the North’, will also be translated and distributed in Finland, Norway, Germany and Denmark too.
The Digital Orkney project has been part financed by the Scottish Government and the European Community Orkney LEADER 2014-2020 Programme.