I graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2010, with an MSc in the History, Theory and Display of Art. As the only material culturist in my year, especially the only one focusing on dress and textile history, I wrote a lot about tartan. I even created a truly horrible “virtual” exhibition on tartan as part of an assignment that should never again be seen by man or beast.
Wanting to do something not-tartan for my dissertation research, I looked at colonialism, imperialism, and the influence of the colonised on their colonisers through dress and textiles: specifically India’s influence on British dress and society from 1765 until 1825. This research very definitely influences my current focus on Scottish dress as the Romantic/Exotic “other” both historically and on modern runways.
My obsession with tartan and all things involving Scottish dress, textiles, material culture, and history was a private indulgence for years — as I thought no one but me would ever be interested. The popularity of my “Scottish for Christmas” post at Worn Through, Outlander in general, and Frock Flicks proved me well and truly wrong (who knew that would be a good feeling?!).
Tartan Tinted Ramblings is where I will wax rhapsodic on my pet topics, be they Scottish dress and history, Jane Austen, or whatever I happen to be knitting or reading at the moment. I work in academia, was previously the managing editor at Worn Through, have worked for museums such as the FIDM Museum in Los Angeles, have presented at national and international conferences, and am a published writer.
I hope you enjoy the blog, and if you have any questions or want more information on a specific topic, please contact me! I love hearing from and collaborating with people who share my interests, and even those who disagree with my conclusions.
Image information: Hopi jewellery purchased from Calnimptewa Designs.