Telling the story of the exciting world of highlandwear, from the forward thinking Gordon Nicolson Kiltmakers, as we maintain the traditions of the past while giving them a confident and vibrant place in the future. From the perspective of a kiltmaker, the story of kiltmaking past and present will be brought to light through these articles. From the history of tartan and highlandwear to thoughts on where the industry is today.
The Kiltmakers Chronicle - written by Emma Wilkinson
BA(Hons) Textiles, First Class - The University of Edinburgh
Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust Scholar of Kiltmaking
Edinburgh Kiltmakers Academy Alumni
Hand & Lock Prize for Embroidery Winner 2018
Embroiderers Guild Scholar
Worshipful Company of Dyers Prize Winner for Colour
Incorporation of Bonnetmakers and Dyers of Edinburgh Graduate Prize Winner
Edinburgh-born Emma is a graduate of The University of Edinburgh BA(Hons) Textiles, the Edinburgh Kiltmakers Academy, and is the first, and currently only, kiltmaker to have been awarded a Scholarship to pursue the craft by the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust - a prestigious organisation responsible for nurturing craftspeople keeping heritage skills alive and upholding excellence in British craftsmanship.
In 2018 following achieving a First Class degree in Textiles from Edinburgh College of Art - The University of Edinburgh, she won the Hand & Lock Prize for embroidery with a piece celebrating Edinburgh's harmonious relationship between old and new. In 2019, she used her scholarship from the Embroider's Guild to create a collection of fabulous embroidered highlandwear. And, as a textiles designer, she's won awards from the Worshipful Company of Dyers and The Incorporation of Bonnetmakers & Dyers of Edinburgh too.
Emma has been a dedicated member of the Gordon Nicolson Kiltmakers team since qualifying as a kiltmaker and is responsible for telling the GNK story through marketing, creating beautiful kilts for customers and teaching the next generation of kiltmakers too.
Interview with Emma about her role at
Gordon Nicolson Kiltmakers & Edinburgh Kiltmakers Academy
"I've found what makes me truly tick, the thing that I am so, completely, passionate about. I want to know and learn everything possible about kilts, tartan and the wider Scottish textiles industry around it. I want to uphold these traditions and pass this knowledge on. I love that it's an ongoing Scottish story, it is the thing we have given the world. This blog aims to record my learning and share it with a wider audience. Above all, I hope it's enjoyed by others, as much as I enjoy finding the information out!"
Special Thanks to...
Gordon, Louise and the Nicolson Kiltmakers Team
Kirsty Kinnear and our EKA Students