Angharad McLaren CPCongratulations to ACID Member Angharad McLaren Textiles which has recently opened a new studio at the Briggait in Glasgow city centre. Owner Angharad McLaren was previously commissioned to design and make blinds for the Shetland Museums’ Hays Dock Café and these have now been installed with new decor to match (see left). 

The modern space is a busy cafe bistro for Museum visitors during the day and provides fine dining in the evening with panoramic views of Lerwick Harbour. The blinds were designed to create a warm and vibrant ambience and provide insulation and acoustic absorption to make the cafe an even more pleasant environment for staff and customers.

Shetland Museum’s Hay Dock Cafe.

Angharad comments, ‘The starting point for the designs was the range of scarves I designed for the Museum shop during my Shetland residency. I developed this into a much larger scale design to suit the 8 large windows, each one measuring 2.2m wide by around 4m high. The textile design is inspired by the colourful moors of the Isles, influenced by their rich textiles heritage and woven in 100% Shetland wool.”  Angaharad continues ” The woven blinds embody the Museums’ ethos of providing art and design that is inspired by, reflects and celebrates Shetland’s culture and heritage and add to the rich variety of local artwork in the Museum which includes archive images of Hays Dock, custom-made peat ingrained tables with inlaid textile artworks and wire lampshades hand-knitted in traditional Shetland lace patterns.”

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