Artist's latest tapestry to be made in 25 different countries
THE designer of the Battle of Prestonpans Tapestry is to see his work transformed into a new ground-breaking tapestry following the launch of a project to tell the story of the Scottish Diaspora.
The designs of Andrew Crummy will guide the creation of the Scottish Diaspora Tapestry, launched last Thursday. Following the success of the Battle of Prestonpans tapestry, the latest venture will be embroidered by volunteers from countries around the world where Scots have settled over the centuries.
At least 25 countries will take part in the making of the tapestry - from North America, Australasia, Europe and Africa.
Although embroidery is one of the world's oldest art forms, the Scottish Diaspora Tapestry will include a very modern twist, as embroidered QR codes are to be stitched into the scenes, providing instant information and interpretation.
The codes will lead smart phone users to online background such as the history depicted in each panel, as well as details about the embroiderers involved and the communities they come from.
Inspiration for the tapestry came from Scottish writer and broadcaster Billy Kay's book The Scottish World. A great supporter of the project, he commented: "I have had the great fortune to record the voices and the stories of people from the diaspora - the descendants of generals in Sweden,
merchants in Poland, sugar workers in Hawaii, wine growers in Portugal, and missionaries in Africa.
"What they all had in common was knowledge of their family history and pride in their traditional Scottish roots."
Anyone interested in getting involved in the diaspora project should contact Yvonne Murphy at email@example.com or on 01875 819922.