Embryo - Dundee Textile Artists

Scope and Content

The collection contains:

  • Minutes, 1980-1985; secretary’s case and correspondence, 1985-1992; material relating to membership, 1980s-1996.
  • exhibition material, 1986-1995.
  • promotional and publicity material, 1980-1990s.
  • publications and newsletters (not by Embryo), 1980-1999.
  • transparencies, photographs and negatives, 1981-1998.

Administrative / Biographical History

In 1980 two former Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art students Pauline Hann and Angela Taylor organised a meeting of about 40 former students to discuss the lack of facilities in Scotland to exhibit contemporary embroidery. As a result of the meeting ‘Embryo - Dundee Creative Embroiderers’ was formed. From the outset the group wished to promote the highest standards of embroidery and thus membership was restricted to graduates and undergraduates of Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art. The group pursued a course of promoting their art through successful exhibitions in Scotland and England, these occurring on average about once every two years. The group also collaborated with similar groups in Glasgow and Edinburgh on projects such as a new banner for Nuclear Disarmament and the highly successful ‘Three Strands’ exhibition in 1988. As a result of the ‘Three Strands’ exhibition Embryo was invited by the Embroiderers' Guild to exhibit at its headquarters in Hampton Court Palace. In 1989 the group altered its name to ‘Embryo - Dundee Textile Artists’.In 1999 the three main Scottish textile art groups - Embryo, ‘One, 6, 7’ from Glasgow and Edinburgh’s SETA - decided to amalgamate into one large group and ‘Edge - Textile Artists Scotland’ was formed (http://www.edge-textileartists-scotland.com/). The name ‘Edge’ consists of the first letters of Edinburgh, Dundee, Glasgow and the word ‘embroidery’.As well as the ‘Three Strands’ exhibition Embryo’s other major exhibitions included ‘Discover Embryo’, ‘State of the Art’, ‘Parallel Threads’, and ‘Stitchin’ Time’. In 2000 ‘To Boldly Sew’ was the first exhibition in which the former Embryo members took part as members of Edge.


Records are arranged chronologically within series.

Access Information

Open for consultation subject to preservation requirements. Access must also conform to the restrictions of the Data Protection Act and any other appropriate legislation.

Acquisition Information

Sheila Mortlock, former member of Embryo and also secretary 1988-1991.

Other Finding Aids

Descriptive list. On-line catalogue.

Alternative Form Available

No known copies.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

The records are on paper and include photographs, transparencies and slides.

Archivist's Note

Fonds level description compiled by Michael Bolik, July 2011.

Conditions Governing Use

Reproduction is available subject to preservation requirements. Charges are made for this service, and copyright and other restrictions may apply.

Appraisal Information

Duplicates of printed material were destroyed.


None expected.

Location of Originals

The material is original.

Geographical Names