Emily Quinn

Emily Quinn


  • TD1 3HF

    United Kingdom


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Assistant Professor in Textiles and Research

Programme Director MA Fashion and Textiles


Emily Quinn studied Printed Textiles at Edinburgh College of Art graduating in 1999 with first class honours. She continued her time at ECA for a further year in residency teaching broadly across fashion, textiles and jewelry disciplines in the School of Design and Applied Arts. A subsequent part-time lectureship followed for a further four years teaching textile print on the undergraduate programme.

Emily set up her first business Emily Quinn Printed Cashmere with a Start Up Award from the Scottish Arts Council in 2000 specialising in the design and production of screen printed, fully fashioned cashmere garments for the textile and fashion industry. It was during this time, having been headhunted by Pringle’s then Managing Director Kim Winser, Emily embarked on a two-year contract with Pringle Scotland designing and producing the printed knitwear garments for their international collections. This led to a deeper knowledge of printing fully fashioned knitwear through traditional screen print processes. The methodology has been developed since 1998 through consultancy, design, collaboration and production for industry. During this time, she worked with many designers and mills including Todd & Duncan, Brora, Hussein Chalayan, Elspeth Gibson, Gharani Strok, Bruce Oldfield amongst others, selling limited edition designs across Asia, Europe and the US.
A move to the Scottish Borders in 2003 with her young family brought Emily closer to the knitwear mills and local textile industry. While producing printed silk wallcoverings for the Dorchester’s Oliver Messel Suite at the School of Textiles in 2005, she was alerted to a vacancy as Subject Leader in Visual Studies. The full-time lectureship and a postgraduate in Academic Practice started in the Autumn the same year. In 2008 Emily moved to her specialist area of printed textiles taking the role of Assistant Professor in Printed Textiles and Research. She continues to lecture across the undergraduate Design for Textiles programme and currently co-leads the MA Fashion and Textiles programme.
Throughout her career in design education, Emily has continued her practice as a textile designer working closely with industry partners; The central theme of her research and practice is towards the re-invigoration/re-appropriation of heritage textiles, particularly of Scottish provenance, made suitable for a contemporary global market. In 2010 Emily and her partner Jason Lee won an award from the Cultural Enterprise Office programme Starter for 6 and set up luxury Scottish design label Jaggy Nettle and subsequently Made in Grey Britain. Both labels are stocked in Japan, Europe and the US. In 2016, they took ownership of the old Lyle and Scott hosiery mill in Hawick and are currently undertaking a refurbishment to create design studios, a print room and showroom for both labels. The couple have collaborated with Novesta, Hancock, Faber & Faber, Johnstons Cashmere, Dixon Avenue Basement Jams, Salon de Shimaji, WWF and Eland International.
More recently Emily has been developing new work on paper and other substrates as ‘one-off’ pieces for exhibitions, most recently as part of the ‘This Will Ruin Everything’ exhibition curated by Recoat at the Lighthouse in Glasgow. Drawing from the locally rich source of her adopted home in the Scottish Borders, the decline of the textile industry and the associated people, skills, knowledge and traditions holds a genuine interest for her and it is her aim to produce a new visual commentary using graphic print, illustration and collage approaches. This new work aims to provide a commentary on the societal and economic issues that co-exist within a community, examining how the fabric of life is inextricably intertwined within the indigenous textiles produced in a certain locale. The historical material from the archive is brought back to life and re-told through the displacement and re-representation through both traditional and innovative print technologies.

Emily has received funding for specific projects from the Scottish Arts Council, Cultural Enterprise Office, The Scottish Seed Fund and UK Trade and Investment. Her work is internationally renowned; featured in both British and international publications/press and television/radio broadcasts and exhibited in London, Berlin, Milan and New York. Previous research outputs have been categorised (as classified in RAE 2008) and (as classified in REF 2014) and disseminated within new ranges for national and international companies. Research cited in National/International publications including: British and Italian Vogue, ID, WWD Japan, and Elle Decoration.

Press Profile

The Guardian 9th November 2012 “Harris tweed returns to global boutiques after islands' renaissance” Severin Carrell

Wall Street Journal (US Edition) 31st August 2012 “The Scottish Are Coming” Darrell Hartman, pD1

The Times LUXX Magazine 26th November 2011”Luxx List”, p14

The Telegraph 31st August 2012“I Spied” Tamsin Blanchard

MOHD – A Textiles Scotland Publication- Fashion- January 2013 “An Enchanting Escape”, p24, 25, 27, 29, 30

WDD Japan 2012 Fall “Pick Up Brands”, p147

The Scotsman Magazine 29th September 2012 “Weekend Life” Jonathan Trew, p3

Scotland on Sunday Spectrum Magazine 3rd June 2012 “Warp and Weft” Ruth Walker, front page and p12-15

MOHD – A Textiles Scotland Publication - Fashion S/S 12Ten Must Haves” p4

Photoshoot” p22, 28“Ones to Watch” p41

MOHD – A Textiles Scotland Publication - Interiors A/W 11/12, p13

MOHD – A Textiles Scotland Publication Fashion - A/W 11/12

“Welcome to the World of Scottish Cashmere”, p1 “Behind the Scenes – Fashion Shoot”, p20, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28 “100 Years Dedicated to Fashion”, p36

Stornoway Gazette 29th November 2010 “Gala Harris Tweed Event Celebrates Three Years at Shawbost”

Herald Scotland 16th Aug 2010 “Starter for 6: “Meet the Style Gurus of the Future” Marianne Halavage, p14

Scottish Field February 2011 “At the Sharp End”, p92

Scotland on Sunday Spectrum Magazine 23rd January 2011 “In Person” Ruth Walker, p4

Southern Reporter3rd June 2011 “Butlers sought as local firms head for Highland”

Border Telegraph April 13th 2011 “Lauder’s Nettles in the Big Apple”, p7

The Southern Reporter 24th March 2011 “Awards Celebrate the Best of the Borders”, p27

The Times Higher Educational Supplement Aug 5 2005 “Who Got That Job?” Martyn Bull

British Vogue (date unknown)“Going Dotty – From Footwear to Underwear this Spring, Everything is Covered in Spots”

British VogueNovember 2001 “Handsome Prints” Bethan Cole

British Voguevolume 167 September 2001“Vogue Diary” Sophie Hedley, p238

Marie Claire Health & BeautyIssue 43 August 2001 “What’s New in Fashion”, p87

Edinburgh Evening News 27 July 2001 “She’s got that Quintessential Style” Julie MacCaffrey, p28-29

CaledoniaJune 2001 “Gold Stars 2000-2001” p32

Elle Decoration March 2001”Diary March” Jenny Dalton, p17

Financial Times 13th January 2001 “Luxury Love-In” Avril Groom,

CaledoniaNovember 2000 “In Print” Roz MacLeod, p84-85

Scotland on Sunday Spectrum Magazine 24 September 2000 “International Bright Young Things”, p24-29

The Edinburgh Evening News Tuesday 19 September 2000 “Some Day Her Prints Did Come”, p7

Caledonia October 2000 “Touch of Perfection” Roz Paterson, p18-23

The List issue 388 8-22 June 2000 “Catwalk Hopefuls” Louisa Pearson, p126

The Scotsman 14th June 2000 “They’re Behind You – Models Attracting Attention on the Fashion Front Line”, p11

Glasgow Evening Times 14th June 2000 “Underneath the Arches” Andrea Tuckerman, p20

The List issue 383 30 March – 13 April 2000 “Styleist” Simone Baird, p110

The Fuse (Scottish Enterprise Edinburgh and Lothians) April 2000 “Edinburgh Designer is a Cut Above”, p3

ID Issue 195 March 2000 “Tactile Textile” Emma Jordan, p93

International TextilesIssue 806 September 1999 “Starting Points S-S 2001”, p16-17

International Textiles Issue 805 July 1999 “New Designers”, p56-57



Wall Street Journal Live

“Scottish Fashion is Back in Brogue”, Broadcast 24th August 2012

BBC Landward

Episode 15, Broadcast 19.00, BBC2 on 24th June 2011


Exhibition Catalogues

This Will Ruin Everything 15th July - 30th July 2017, Gallery One, Lighthouse Gallery, Glasgow

Scotland Re:Designed 7th-11thNovember 2013, Harvey Nicholls & The Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh

The Green Closet 25th- 27th February 2012, Touch!-Neozone-Cloudnine Fashion Shows, Pitti Immagine, Via Tortona 35, Milan

Premium Berlin International Trade Show Fall/Winter 2012/2013 18th – 20th January 2012, Station – Berlin, Lukenwalder Strasse 4-6, 10963 Berlin

Scotland Rediscovered- Textiles Scotland 14th October 2010, Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), London




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