Blankets made by Orkney knitwear designer Hilary Grant are set to go on sale in London’s acclaimed Tate Modern gallery.
The woollen Faro and Asplund blankets will be stocked within the specially curated Tate Edit shop, along with other artist products, design objects and homeware, all selected after an open call for work by the gallery.
The Tate Edit collection was curated by an expert panel that included design journalist Katrina Burroughs, Crafts Council creative direct Natalie Melton, and lead curator at the Tate Modern, Donald Hyslop.
Rosey Blackmore, merchandise director at Tate Enterprises, said: “Tate Edit Open Call was established to champion the work of makers around the UK. Hilary Grant’s textiles were selected because they reflect Tate’s vision as they are produced with a sensitive approach to design with respect for the environment and traditional methods of production. Grant’s work is beautiful and luxurious, handmade to last for the use of generations to come.”
Hilary Grant, a member of Creative Orkney, said: “We’re really thrilled and honoured to have our lambswool Faro and Asplund blankets - all knitted and hand-finished in Scotland – selected by Tate Edit for sale this winter.
“When we saw the gallery’s open call for work from UK makers that was both unique and useful, we thought the blankets would meet the brief perfectly. Our aim is always to mix design, luxury and practicality to create items that give our customers a lot of pleasure and years of use. Being stocked in Tate Edit, alongside some fantastic makers from throughout the country, is a wonderful showcase for our work, and for Orkney.”
Edgar Balfour, project manager for Creative Orkney, added: “Orkney’s creative community punches well above its weight in the world, with the outstanding quality of design work coming out of the islands consistently recognised at the highest levels, as it has been with this Tate Edit selection for Hilary. Many congratulations to her and her team.”
The Promoting Orkney project has been part financed by the Scottish Government and the European Community Orkney LEADER 2014-2020 Programme.