Friday, February 21, 2014

Crafting the Diaspora: An Update on the Tapestry

In September 2012, I wrote about the launch of the The Scottish Diaspora Tapestry project. As it was to be finished in time for Homecoming 2014, I felt it was time for an update.

The final squares are being completed and a schedule of exhibitions in Scotland has been planned. See the press notice, with a information about the project and exhibition details, here (PDF).  After the
Homecoming it is anticipated that the tapestry will go on exhibit in the communities that contributed squares.

Current news regarding the tapestry is here. This link will take you to the main page to explore the tapestry. Click on a nation's flag to learn more about that country's connection to the Scottish Diaspora. A few have images of the embroidered squares: Italy, the Netherlands, Sweden, and the USA. See the images from the Chinese communities here and one from Canada here. A handful of additional squares can be seen here.

Fiona Hyslop, the Scottish Culture Secretary, visited the workshop where the tapestry squares are being assembled. An account of this visit is here. A piece on the tapestry also appeared recently on the BBC website.

Finally, if you can't make it to Scotland to view the tapestry this year, you can "like" it on Facebook here.

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