My Story

As Paisley waved off its bid for UK City of Culture 2021, the bid documents themselves were all given a unique twist.

Artists, designers and groups with links to the town were invited to design bespoke front covers for the documents.

Bound with thread donated from Coats, the company to whom Paisley’s fortunes were tied and which is still a global force, each has its own Paisley inspired design.

As they are handed over to the judging panel of the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport who organise the competition, we can reveal the inspiration behind some of the 25 covers.

Read Jane Hunter's story below.

Textile artist Jane Hunter grew up in Paisley and moved her studio back to the town earlier this year.

Her design idea was sparked by the surroundings of her new base on the banks of the River Cart in the Old Embroidery Mill at Seedhill.

Jane, 36, who uses mainly Harris Tweed in her work, said: “Growing up in Paisley I would look at the old buildings lying empty, thinking what the twon had once been like.

“When I moved back I looked with fresh eyes and wanted to go out and explore the town to find more about the history and connections. My inspirations are geology, landscapes and maps and I interpret them into an image.


"My studio is right next to the river and when a walk and was standing at the Hamills, which is a series of rapids and falls at the river, and I wanted to find out a bit more of the geology.”
Jane discovered the falls are formed by a layer of volcanic rock which runs across the river – the forces of which powered Paisley’s textiles mills.

Jane, who started her own business after being made redundant five years ago, added: “So this ancient band of rock is what attracted industry to this particular spot. My piece shows the Hamills with the river winding round and the surrounding river banks where the mills the water once powered were.”

“My own studio is actually on the map."

Jane’s late great aunt actually worked in the mills, a fact she only found out earlier this year.

She said: “She worked in one of the thread mills, sadly I don’t know any more than that.”

Jane says a winning bid would be great for the bid and added: "There's so much creativity in Paisley and I think all the different bid covers show that."