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The Great Tapestry of Scotland by Alistair Moffat
  

The Great Tapestry of Scotland

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One of the biggest community art projects ever to take place in Scotland, a tapestry recording Scottish history from the Ice age to Dolly the Sheep. The brainchild of Alexander McCall Smith with historian Alistair Moffat and artist Andrew Crummy, the tapestry will be unveiled in August 2013. This record of the Tapestry comes with a foreword from Alexander McCall Smith.

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“The creation of this wonderful tapestry has been an experience of sheer joy. Not only has the team of artist and stitchers created a stunning record of Scotland’s history, but the project has brought together hundreds of people in all parts of Scotland in joint artistic endeavour. In the many hours that the stitchers have spent together they have experienced the pleasure of making something permanent and beautiful; they have felt what it is to create art with others; they have found friendship.”

“We have all learned a lot from this. Many of us have learned a bit of history; many of us have learned about the desire that people have to engage in joint creative activity with others. Everyone, I think, has learned that what might seem a ridiculously ambitious project can succeed if there is enough love and enthusiasm and courage about. And there is.”

“I salute the visionary artist, Andrew Crummy, and his team of hundreds, led by Dorie Wilkie. I salute their magnificent artistry. I salute their generosity. I salute their good humour. This tapestry is their creation, given to the people of Scotland and to those who will come to Scotland to see it.”

Alexander McCall Smith, 2013

Visit www.scotlandstapestry.com to find out more.

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The Great Tapestry of Scotland by Alistair Moffat

The brainchild of bestselling author Alexander McCall Smith, historian Alistair Moffat and artist Andrew Crummy, the Great Tapestry of Scotland is an outstanding celebration of thousands of years of Scottish history and achievement, from the end of the last Ice Age to Dolly the Sheep. Like the Bayeux tapestry, the Great Tapestry of Scotland has been created on embroidered cloth, and is annotated in English, Gaelic, Scots and Latin. This book, with a foreword by Alexander McCall Smith, tells the story of this unique undertaking - one of the biggest community arts projects ever to take place in Scotland - and reproduces in full colour a selection of the panels from the completed tapestry, together with descriptive and explanatory material. It is published to coincide with the completion of the tapestry in August 2013.

Reviews

'[T]his beautiful book follows the journey taken during the creation of this fascinating project' * The Lady * 'If you are unable to see the Tapestry in all its glory, this wonderful book will take you through the country's history from the Ice Age to the present day as told in the stitches of 160 panels' * New Stitches * 'This sumptuous book details every single panel in rich detail, giving a real sense of the scale of the project [. . .] perfect as an introduction to this wonderful work of art, or as a reminder for anyone who has seen the exhibition' * National Association of Decorative & Fine Arts Societies * 'The beauty of this book lies in the ample space devoted to illustrating each panel of the tapestry, allowing the reader to study the detail in the crafting of each story at their leisure' * Scottish Field * '[T]he most ambitious attempt to capture the past in needle and thread since the Bayeux Tapestry ... The result is not just visually stunning but intensely moving and occasionally very funny' * The Times * 'This remarkable teamwork has made Andrew Crummy's artistic vision a reality, and The Great Tapestry of Scotland is now a gift to the nation' * Edinburgh Life *'


About the Author

Alistair Moffat

Alistair Moffat was born and bred in the Scottish Borders. A former Director of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Director of Programmes at Scottish Television, he now runs the burgeoning Borders Book Festival as well as a production company based near Selkirk. He has written twelve books, including Kelsae, The Reivers, The Sea Kingdoms, The Borders and The Wall, all of which are published by Birlinn.

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Book Info

Publication date

31st October 2013

Author

Alistair Moffat

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Author's Website

www.alistairmoffat.co.uk/

Publisher

Birlinn Ltd an imprint of Birlinn General

Format

Paperback
128 pages

Categories

Biography / Autobiography
History
The Real World
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Textile artworks: tapestries, hangings & quilts

ISBN

9781780271330

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