Inventors of Tradition II, Lucy McKenzie

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"The three books selected here demonstrate McKenzie’s penchant for appropriating ‘popular’ or vernacular idioms from a variety of sources (such as trompe l’oeil painting or crime fiction) and incorporating them into her own oeuvre.

These books also highlight the importance of collaboration in McKenzie’s work and her desire to interrogate the hierarchies which have historically existed between various artforms."

- Pádraic E. Moore, curator Tour Donas


At the intersection of art, design and social history, Beca Lipscombe & Lucy McKenzie: The Inventors of Tradition, now available in a second edition, is a subjective study of the history of the Scottish textiles industry since the 1930s. For decades, textiles were Scotland's primary industry and export, and Scottish wool, cashmere, tweed, leather, lace and tartan have been famed throughout the world for even longer. Formatted like a scrapbook, this volume brings together design swatches, product shots, film stills, interviews and the archival materials of individuals and companies in the Scottish textiles trade. In response to this wealth of material, the artist Lucy McKenzie (born 1977) and designer Beca Lipscombe (born 1973) have produced a series of new works including clothing, furniture and accessories in collaborative partnership with Caerlee Mills, Begg Scotland, Hawick Cashmere, Laura Lees, Jannette Murray, Mackintosh, Muehlbauer and Steven Purvis. 


236 pp | 240 x 310 mm
ISBN: 9783960980025
Publisher: Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther Konig,Germany