Celebrate a designer whose patterns and colours are immediately recognisable in the first exhibition dedicated to Orla Kiely in Scotland.

Orla Kiely: A Life in Pattern explores all aspects of Kiely’s creative output, from lifestyle and fashion ranges to use of colour and detail and the geometry of pattern. Inspired by the upbeat exuberance of the 1960s, a love of Irish and Scandinavian architecture and mid-century design, Kiely’s designs have grown from humble beginnings in the 1990s to become a global phenomenon.

The exhibition will draw on Kiely’s archives, offering visitors unparalleled insight into her methods and concepts, with sketches, mood boards, and samples spanning 20 years of work. The show also takes a more personal turn, exploring Kiely’s childhood in Ireland and the way this environment informed her creative work. Rare family photographs and ephemera are on display alongside Kiely’s earliest designs.

Visitors also have the opportunity to meet Kiely in person: Dovecot Studios has organised an ‘In Conversation With’ event, where Kiely will answer questions from the audience. Around 200 tickets will be available for an exclusive preview evening also.

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Dovecot Studios

10 Infirmary Street, Edinburgh, Midlothian, EH1 1LT

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