Isle of Lewis, Scotland
07787 924 240
by Alison Macleod
Alison Macleod graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone college of Art in 2004 with a BDes(Hons) in Printed Textiles.
After graduating, she worked for a design studio in London and then spent a year travelling and working in New Zealand.
In 2007, with the assistance of PSYBT and HIE Innse Gall, Alison chose to move back home to the Isle of Lewis and set up her own design business, Tiger Textiles. "Tiger" is the family nickname passed down for generations, which is common for Hebridean families.
Since starting up, Alison has received the Jolomo PSYBT Award, the PSYBT regional business runner- up award and also investment funding from the NESTA Starter for 6 programme. Her collaborative textile design work with fashion designer Judy R. Clark has been featured on catwalks internationally, such as the ‘Dressed to Kilt’ fashion show, New York.
Alison’s artwork is inspired by her native Hebridean heritage, Gaelic culture and natural surroundings. As an artist and designer, she has a large repertoire of traditional and computer aided skills. Using drawing and painting as her basis, she then works on embroidering lengths of fabric, often Harris Tweed, with designs that complement the cloth. Through delicately stitching Gaelic songs and poems in the tweed, she tells the story of where the cloth is from and promoting culture in a modern way. Her paintings focus on colours, shapes and textures found within old shielings and houses.
Alison also creates wall blocks, which are hand-painted with acrylic on blocks of wood. The wall blocks are a collection of beautiful colours designed to make people smile. Inspiration for those comes from nature, music and Japanese art. As they are hand-painted, each block is unique and can be made to the customer's requirements with personalised text.
Tiger Textiles has recently been awarded investment funding from NESTA (Starter for 6), which will allow Alison to research and develop her innovative printed designs. Current projects also include collaboration with fashion designer Judy Clark www.judyrclark.com
As well as private commissions, Alison has been commissioned to create a screen-printed wall panel as an end product for a BBC documentary, which is now hanging in the Lismore Heritage Centre. She has also designed the logo for the company Sea Harris www.seaharris.com
I offer a range of products including my popular hand-painted wall blocks, artwork consisting of hand-drawings, collages and embroidery and embroidered and digitally printed fabrics.
Much of the work created by Tiger Textiles is influenced by the Outer Hebrides. As well as the beautiful landscape, I am also inspired by the history of the islands and the Gaelic language.
My aim is to bring a new life to this history and to create pieces which tell a story with a modern twist.