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Textile artist's Alladale tribute


By Caroline McMorran

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She first visited the 23,000-acre Alladale Wilderness Reserve, near Ardgay, in 2005 and fell under its spell.

Now Dr Susy Paisley, who has a PhD in conservation biology and is also a prize-winning textile designer, has paid her own tribute to the reserve, owned by conservationist Paul Lister.

Dr Susy Paisley’s textiles reflect her passion for wild life and donations are made to the World Land Trust from every sale.
Dr Susy Paisley’s textiles reflect her passion for wild life and donations are made to the World Land Trust from every sale.

She has created a luxurious velvet linen, limited edition fabric inspired by her stays at Alladale and featuring a river, Caledonian pines and Scottish wildcats amongst other creatures including Alladale’s photogenic stag ‘handsome Dan’.

Dr Paisley, who works as a lecturer and consultant, established Newton Paisley as a vehicle for her hand drawn designs which celebrate nature and wild species.

She has linked with the World Land Trust and for every metre of Newton Paisley fabric or roll of wallpaper sold, a donation is made to the charity. which funds partner organisations around the world to create reserves and give permanent protection to habitat and wildlife.

Dr Paisley has said that Alladale reminds her of the Andes where she used to study bears.

Alladale general manager Pieter-Paul Groenhuijsen said it was hoped at some point to use the fabric or wallpaper in properties at Alladale.


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