The Winged Isle and Clan lands, the blue dot is home for me.
An excerpt from a book titled, “From the Land Comes the Cloth,” about Harris tweed, its history to present day, and how it’s woven its way through a people and an island.
Please click here to view some of Ian Lawson’s stunning work.
"If you love wild places and Harris Tweed, you’ll adore Ian Lawson’s new photographic body of work ‘From the Land Comes the Cloth.’ A world of elemental beauty brought vividly to life, this gorgeous book weaves a personal journey of discovery into the story of tweed from land to loom.
"The wonderful richness of colour that characterises Harris Tweed is drawn from the environment in which it is made, emphasising a synergy between the two. This book captures that precious relationship, illustrating how Harris Tweed has evolved throughout its illustrious history.” - HRH The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay.
With 280 timeless images of landscapes, crofters and tweed, this magnificent artwork offers the viewer an insight into the window of a hidden world that has survived for centuries off the northwest coast of Scotland.”
If you’d like to know more about this beautiful book, click here.
An image to puncture romanticism for sure, depicting a way of life that was defined by hard toil, living in close conditions with adults, children and often livestock too. This is a ‘black house’ with a turf/thatched roof and these were smoky and dark, named thus because “they were compared to new houses being built in the late 1800′s which were called ‘white houses’. The new ‘white houses’ were designed to separate humans from their livestock and animals.” (For more information on black houses, click on the link here.)
If you’re a badass and you’re near Rose Street in Edinburgh, this is the place for you. The fare is plain and hearty; stovies, haggis and cheesy pasta to name some, but it’s exactly what it promises to be - warming and gets you kick started to climb the stairs and vennels to explore a fantastic city.
For everyone’s most popular castle in Scotland, this may be of interest. The entire adult life of one many was dedicated to this castle’s restoration, it lets you see how close he came to the possible original design.
“Watercolour by David L Roberts of Eilean Donan Castle as it may have looked pre 1654.”