Maker Research Residency 2021

1 Apr - 31 Aug 2021

Image: Zephyr Liddell / Photography by Genevieve Reeves

An online maker research residency from Craft Scotland and Historic Environment Scotland.



Designer/maker Zephyr Liddell has been selected for the inaugural Maker Research Residency, a partnership between Craft Scotland and Historic Environment Scotland (HES).

This new online research residency will allow Zephyr the opportunity to explore the wealth of material in the archives of Historic Environment Scotland. 

Zephyr’s project will focus on the textile and industrial heritage of her hometown of Arbroath, with the residency coinciding with the anniversary of the Declaration of Arbroath. This residency will run until August 2021 and culminate in a new piece of work from Zephyr. 

Zephyr's design practice spans textiles, costume and teaching. An avid collaborator, she often works with communities, performance artists and directors. Learn more about her practice. 


About Historic Environment Scotland archives 

HES is the lead public body established to investigate, care for and promote Scotland’s historic environment.

The organisation is responsible for more than 300 properties of national importance, as well as internationally significant collections including more than 5 million drawings, photographs, negatives and manuscripts, and 20 million aerial images of locations across the world.  

The Historic Environment Scotland archives include digital archives Scran (www.scran.ac.uk), Canmore (www.canmore.org.uk), Scotland’s Places (www.scotlandsplaces.gov.uk), and Britain From Above (www.britainfromabove.org.uk), along with a physical archive. 


We are excited to collaborate with Craft Scotland to enable a maker to explore our archives, and we are looking forward to sharing the creative outcomes. We were overwhelmed by the quality of the applicants to this pilot project, and were particularly impressed by Zephyr Liddell’s work and enthusiasm for her creative practice. 

Historic Environment Scotland (HES), Project Partner

I'm delighted to be selected by Craft Scotland and HES to undertake this digital residency, exploring the rich material in the HES collections relating to Arbroath and its connections to Scotland’s wider history. I am particularly excited to create new work that responds to the textile, industrial and social heritage of my hometown of Arbroath, reflecting and re-presenting archive material through material explorations, connected to the place and its people. Through drawing, making and conversation I aim to employ my crafted textiles to speak to a lived experience of Scottish History and contemporary culture, making a way for crafted perspectives on nationhood.  

Zephyr Liddell, Maker in Residence
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