Where do you get the inspiration for your designs?
The Scottish coastal communities that I have visited and researched form the basis for much of my inspiration. The colour, texture and narrative all play a part. A constant companion on these trips is the work of poet Thomas A Clark, more specifically, ‘Distance and Proximity’. The visual patterning and imagery of the written word throws up inspiration in equal measure, and is a core part of my work. So far the Island communities of Easdale, Seil, Mull, Iona, Harris and Lewis, are among the list of inspirational settings and more recently, Cromarty, Auchmithie, and Crovie on the East coast of the Scottish mainland.
Is there a craft medium that you've always had a hankering to try?
I’ve always fancied trying my hand at ceramics. I’ve dabbled a bit in the past, but would like to develop my skills to perhaps incorporate ceramics and textiles in some way.
If you could see one famous person wearing your designs, who would it be?
Without hesitation, I’d say Tilda Swinton. I’m a great admirer of her cinematic and community work. She is well known for supporting the Arts, across the board. I think she would like the flexibility of my ‘gather’ scarves as they work well as a statement piece and are just as happy worn with a big jacket and wellies.
Where can fans buy your work?
My work is available online from Papa Stour, and baffie. My biggest retailer is Concrete Wardrobe, Broughton Street, Edinburgh, where I am launching a new extended range with homewares, and new gathers on 1st August. Sheila Fleet Gallery in Kirkwall is my Orkney retailer, with The Tayberry Gallery holding my work, a bit closer to home. I’m diversifying into luxury handpainted yarns, inspired by the islands, and am working on a new woven textiles collection for Winter 2012-13.
These stunning designs from Mhairi caught my eye for the rich colour and texture and three dimensional quality she manages to achieve. They are statement pieces. The skinny scarf is part of her very latest collection. Please do make sure that you visit her website and either treat your self or make sure that everyone around you knows what's on your Christmas list! You can find Mhairi
Wild at www.mhairiwild.co.uk
|The View From The Tate|
|Sandstorm In The Desert|
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