We were thrilled to have the team at Vevar woolen mill feature in our Pride campaign this year, thanks to their unique Pride range that they made to raise money for LGBT Youth Scotland. Read on to find out what inspired them and why they are proud to be #partofthestory.
This year we have chosen to support LGBT Youth Scotland by producing a limited-edition pride-inspired collection of handwoven, sustainable and fun accessories.
We spent the cold, dark months weaving bright and beautiful textiles using waste yarn from our micro-mill in all the colours of the rainbow to celebrate pride month. This exciting collection drop includes two styles of scarves as well as handbags. The scarves were woven by us and the colourful textile developments have been turned into gorgeous handbags created by our amazing seamstress & friend Gillian. Each handbag is completely unique and one-of-a-kind and we hope you will love them as much as we do.
We will be donating all of the profits made from this collection to LGBT Youth Scotland. At Vevar, it matters to us that we give back to the community and support the causes that are close to our hearts.
Sustainability and minimising waste is central to our ethos at Vevar. We put our heads together to plan out the pride collection and spent the day raiding our store cupboard which was full of yarns from the old student days, previous projects, past collections, yarns which had been found and donated - waiting to be handled once again.
We started to pull out all the rainbow colours we had and felt immediately inspired by the tones & textures. We categorised the yarns by colour and wound them onto spools, put on a warp and started to weave. We created beautiful and unique textiles until we found the perfect colour combination and texture for our first collection of scarves. This brilliant and brightly-coloured collection of scarves are a lightweight, all-year round statement accessory and a reminder that celebrates pride month.
Using deep, navy British Wool - we then decided to produce another range of scarves which are more toned-down but still display the pride colours with a rainbow stripe running down the edge. Whilst hand-finishing the scarves, we looked at the other fabrics which we had woven in the development process and got excited at the idea of turning them into fun and quirky handbags. Friend of Vevar, Gillian has been having fun making these amazing bags in her studio next door to us in Bridgeton and has created a collection of completely individual accessories.
Our pride collection is available to buy on our website here.
As part of our Pride campaign to fundraise for LGBT Youth Scotland, we are representing queer creatives in our hometown of Glasgow who have kindly agreed to allow us to interview them. Their stories give an insight into their work, how being queer influences their creativity and things that they wish they could tell their younger selves with words of advice for younger members of the queer community. You can read their stories on our blog - we are honoured to share their voices.
Thank you for helping us fundraise for LGBT Youth Scot and celebrate Pride month and Glasgow’s queer creative community.
Do you want to support us and become #partofthestory? Find out more here.