Back in 2018 we were asked by V&A Dundee to create a series of videos to celebrate their collaborations with Scottish makers and designers for their gift shop. We wanted to really tell the story behind their inspiration and the work that they created. Over the course of a year we spent time with each designer to learn about how they work. For the project we teamed up with Paved With Gold, and photographer Garry Maclennan.
The first designer in this series is textile designer Laura Spring of Studio Spring. Living and working in Glasgow, Laura uses screen and digital printing to transform her bright and bold print designs. Led by research and a respect for the environment StudioSpring's aim is to create textiles that are thoughtful, timeless and made with joy.
Laura was commissioned to create a neck scarf for V&A Dundee’s gift shop. When designing the scarf, Laura looked at how she could translate that relationship between land and water into a print. She wanted a feeling of flow within it.
Laura then went on to design the surface patterns for the V&A Dundee uniform, collaborating with Kalopsia Collective, Halley Stevensons and CAT Digital to create a gender neutral collection which included catalogue bags, aprons, scarves and face masks. The design was inspired by the building and its surroundings. It combines structural elements of the V&A building and explores the relationship between land and water using colour and shape.
We love seeing so many brilliant collaborations being used by high-profile Scottish organisations like V&A Dundee. Laura has recently launched a new collaboration with Glasgow based Love & Squalor. This collection uses remnants from past collections and samples to create a limited edition selection of one-off jackets and jumpsuits. There are just 10 jackets and 2 jumpsuits available (although they are selling out quickly).