I recently visited the local museum in my home town of Paisley. Walking through those high glass doors and up the steps past the room where I used to attend Saturday Morning Art Classes there was a touch of nostalgia reinforced further by Buddy the Lion. The reason for this visit was to see the Story of the Paisley Shawl and the Weaving Gallery.
I was born and brought up in Paisley, and spent
most of my teenage years planning my escape.
I never truly appreciated the history of this beautiful town and the many treasures to be found
here. I’ve been working on creating some
pieces around the Paisley Pattern and thought a trip to the museum would bring
some additional inspiration. And I was
not left disappointed.
|(he was much scarier and I’m sure much bigger when I used to make weekly visits)|
The story of the Paisley Pattern, the Paisley Shawl collection and the Weaving Gallery were well worth the visit. Whilst there was much to learn about the shawls there was a wealth of knowledge to be gained regarding the spirit and resilience of the Paisley People. Whilst Paisley was a highly industrialised town, I’m sure this was as much a product of the highly skilled and hard working people as the wealthy industrialists that also called the town home.
As you enter the Weaving Gallery there is a short video presentation showing the restoration of the Sma’ Shot Cottages, further instilling a pride in Paisley’s Past and the pride Paisley’s people have in their town. This is also where I learnt what a ‘Sma’ Shot’ was/is. Every so often, as weavers wove the cloth on the loom an extra weft was shot through the work in order to add strength to the fabric – this was the “sma’ shot”.
A sma’ shot was a balancing thread strengthening the fabric. It struck me that the fabric of all our lives can benefit from a sma’ shot. What do you weave into your life? Art? Meditation? Journaling? What’s your sma’ shot?