Tartan first for Shire

Textile designer Donna Wilson is to create an Aberdeenshire tartan.
Textile designer Donna Wilson is to create an Aberdeenshire tartan.

A leading textile designer is working on a new tartan inspired by Aberdeenshire’s landscapes.

Banff-born Donna Wilson has teamed up with the council’s creative placemaking programme Be Part of the Picture.

Donna’s quirky textiles are selling in 30 countries. Her designs and products are inspired by her childhood growing up in the North-east countryside.

She will design a unique tartan, inspired by the rich palette of colours which make up the area’s diverse landscapes and communities.

The resulting tartan, which will be ready by January 2014, will be used to create a range of products that will help promote Aberdeenshire at a national and international level.

Donna will help to design and produce one of those items, which will either be made from the tartan or a knitted interpretation of the tartan design

She said: “I’m really excited to be working on this - designing a tartan for Aberdeenshire is a huge honour for any Scottish designer.

“Tartan is such an important part of our tradition and heritage, and we should never lose that. I hope to be able to make a difference to the manufacturers who will be weaving it and create something that will be a lasting symbol of Aberdeenshire.

Be Part of the Picture celebrates the strengths of Aberdeenshire and showcases the region as a place of beauty, quality and innovation. The programme will use cultural and economic development projects to engage with local people and boost the sense of pride in communities.