“The Lore of the land – the stories we take from our natural world – playing with shape, colour and mystery – and the stories we like to live by”
Lore of the Land is the latest collection for Autumn Winter by Scottish designer Helen Greensmith/ Helen Ruth Scarves. Scottish folklore and legends, Selkies, Pictish maidens and stone circles are what inspired this collection. The Picts were a mysterious people who liked to decorate themselves and their surroundings with illustration. Their carved stones have been part of Helen’s surroundings growing up in Aberdeenshire and their curious carvings have always been of intrigue. There is no record of their language; their name itself was given to them by other cultures to describe their illustrated bodies. Their depiction of their environment through playful and fanciful stone engravings naturally resonates with Helen, who finds constant source of ideas from the natural world and the wild Scottish landscape. There is also something so instinctive in human nature to want to decorate ourselves and our worlds with beauty.
Part of the collection also includes later myths of the land and sea, mainly folklore surrounding the Selkies, the seal people, who can shed their seal skin to come on to land. These mysterious and unsettling tales of melancholy and other worldliness inspired the ‘Two Sisters’ and ‘Voyage’ designs, and were in collaboration with a local singer songwriter friend who has written songs about the Selkie folklore.
Other ideas came from Helen’s own imagining of the forest life and the strangeness that lives amongst us. The shapes, patterns and other worldliness you come across when exploring hidden forest paths.
This very Scottish collection, as with all Helen Ruth collections, is proudly made in Scotland – Digitally printed in Glasgow and hand finished in Aberdeen, and wool sourced from UK producers.
”These are stories that come from the land and I want to invite the wearer of my scarves to create their own tales from my illustrations.”