News Release: Immediate Release July 2014
This September, the textile accessories of Lesley Thornton’s ‘Crimson’ label are on display at Concrete Wardrobe for the latest Maker of the Month exhibition.
Thornton studied Textile Design at the Scottish College of Textiles in Galashiels and after graduating in 1984, she worked in theatre wardrobe at the Byre Theatre in St. Andrews and the Royal Opera House in London, before returning to Scotland to train in the traditional craft of kiltmaking. She launched Crimson Textiles in 2005 and in addition to making kilts and working on her own range, Thornton also designs and produces work for other fabric designers.
Drawing upon her experience as a skilled kiltmaker and her passion for working with Scottish fabrics, Thornton designs and creates textile accessories which include neckwear, bags, hats and her statement knotted textile jewellery. Working from her garden studio in the shadow of the Ochil Hills, Thornton creates pieces which beautifully blend the traditional with the modern in unique and contemporary ways.
Of her exhibition at Concrete Wardrobe, Thornton commented, “This September at Concrete Wardrobe I'm looking forward to showcasing new products using a mix of my favourite fabrics - linen, tartan & tweed - with a scattering of polka dots, added to my signature range of knotty tartan jewellery.”
James Donald of Concrete Wardrobe added, “We are delighted to see the return of Crimson Textiles as Maker of the Month this September. Lesley Thornton’s textile accessories are beautifully crafted, visually striking and highly wearable. We expect her exhibition to be very popular with locals and visitors alike”.
Lesley Thornton is on display at Concrete Wardrobe from 1st to 30th September 2014.
Concrete Wardrobe is open Monday to Saturday 11am to 7pm. (Sunday 12 - 5pm.)
Concrete Wardrobe 50a Broughton Street, Edinburgh EH1 3SA.
PR: Jenni Douglas. Co-Owners: James Donald & Fiona McIntosh.