The Harris Tweed Project

THE STORY SO FAR

In 2018, we set out to discover more about the art of weaving and the skills of the people and mills who help bring the historic island textile known as Harris Tweed into being. 

Since then, we’ve been exploring the craft and creativity of our community’s young people through The Harris Tweed Project as we set local schoolchildren the challenge of designing a new and very special Isle of Harris Distillery tweed.

With the help of Harris Tweed Hebrides, the Harris Tweed Authority, and our islands’ education services, we’ve worked closely with schools and pupils across the islands to design a new Isle of Harris Distillery Harris Tweed pattern.

After running a series of practical workshops we were delighted to receive over 150 entries in an island-wide competition to create the final design.

THE WINNERS

After months of workshops and working with local children our congratulations go to 14-year-old Scott Murray from S3 at Sir E. Scott School here in the Isle of Harris.

Scott’s entry stood out from very early on in the process, with a well-presented submission encompassing an intriguing mood board, experimental yarn selections and pattern painting. 

His visual creativity was heightened by a carefully thought-out rationale of his influences as he sought to explain the ideas and inspiration behind his work in words too.

Our congratulations also go to the four other finalists: Ethan Macaulay from Leverhulme Memorial School who is the winner of the Lower Primary category; Kate Macleod from Sgoil Nan Loch and Abby Burley from Laxdale Primary who are joint winners in the Upper Primary category; and Neil Morrison from Sir E Scott School as the winner in the Secondary school category.

THE NEXT STAGE

Scott's winning pattern has now been woven on the loom of our very own Stephen Passmore who works here at the distillery and also as a Harris Tweed weaver in his spare time.

50 metres of beautiful cloth has been produced and will now go on to become something very special in late 2020 and 2021.

Please check back on this page and keep an eye on our social media for further developments.

" It comes as great comfort to those of us in the Harris Tweed industry that there are young islanders coming through who clearly have the skill and interest to continue in their generation what those 150 years ago started. "

Lorna Macaulay, Harris Tweed Authority CEO