Cairnlee, Bieldside, Aberdeen, Scotland

Cairnlee is a small Camphill community for young adults with additional support needs, centred around Cairnlee House.  We are a further education provision of Camphill School Aberdeen.  The young people who live and work in Cairnlee experience training in a number of crafts, domestic skills and land-work.  Our little weavery is a colourful and lively place.

In addition to craft training, all students and co-workers share one full day each week where they enjoy the challenges and adventure of long outings into nature - hill walking, forests, beaches and castles.  The local landscape is important to us. Our community also has a resident artist who does a lot of painting and drawing with us.  This is why, for the World Wide Weave,  we have decided to use a technique of painting colours onto the white cotton threads of a plain warp and then weaving through our painting. A group of five weavers were very involved in the threading, painting and weaving of the warp.  As a topic for our painting we thought about our important location.  We live in the valley of the River Dee with the Scottish Highlands very near.  This is the beautiful landscape in which the Camphill Movement began 75 years ago.