About

I am a historian and curator specialising in the history of craft, design and industry from the eighteenth to the twentieth century. My interest in the processes by which natural materials in the landscape are transformed into crafted objects spills over here. Pictures of places I’ve been sit alongside features on workshops and makers, past and present.

My doctoral research explores the craft and culture of jewellery in Scotland, with a focus on evolving making processes and the use of native gems and minerals. My work is funded by the Leverhulme Trust as part of a major research project at the University of Edinburgh, ‘Artisans and the craft economy in Scotland, c. 1780-1914’. For more on the project, see Artisans in Scotland, our online exhibition about Scottish makers, their work and working lives.

I am a Curator at Edinburgh Museums and have worked extensively with museums on research, community projects and publications.

My publications include:

Material landscapes: the production and consumption of men’s jewellery during the Scottish gold rush of 1869‘ (History of Retailing and Consumption, 2016).

Shetland Textiles: 800 BC to the Present’ (Shetland Heritage Publications, 2013).

Knit Real Shetland: 15 Knitting Projects in Real Shetland Wool’ (Jamieson & Smith, 2011).

I’ve also written essays for various print and digital magazines including The Knitter, Selvedge and am arts editor for The Island Review.

Get in touch via twitter @reformlane

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