Something Corny: A Life Working with Straw

Something Corny: A Life Working with Straw

Elphinstone Institute Public Lecture Series

Straw is a beautiful material to craft with and straw work has fascinated Elaine for thirty-five years. Using traditional techniques and mainly old varieties of wheat straw she has made a huge variety of items, ranging from corn dollies to pieces for major fashion houses to items for film and television.

Elaine will demonstrate techniques that she uses in her work and, if you would like, you can have a go too.

Elaine Lindsay has lived in Aberdeenshire, Scotland all her life. She began making corn dollies around 1983; it started as a hobby but soon became a large part of her life. Elaine’s work is very varied, it can be traditional straw work or much more contemporary and she enjoys the mix of the two. She has designed and made accessories for catwalk shows in New York, Paris, and London and has worked with quite a few London fashion houses. She has produced pieces for television and theatre and has collaborated with other artists on work for their exhibitions.

£3 (free admission for students)


Elaine Lindsay
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Elphinstone Institute
MacRobert Building, MR051

The Elphinstone Institute
MacRobert Building
King's College, University of Aberdeen
Aberdeen, AB24 5UA

Tel: 01224 272996