The making of the Keeper of the Soil cape

The making of the Keeper of the Soil cape

This community created cape, initiated by artist Natalie Taylor along with North Light Arts has been made for the Keeper of the Soils to wear at celebratory occasions. The Keeper, who may be a different person each time, celebrates Scotland’s rich agricultural and food growing heritage by receiving gifted soil samples from growing areas across East Lothian and the Central Belt, and keeping them safe inside the cape’s many internal pockets.

The cape was hand dyed using natural dyes made from madder and lac and the pockets have been made with the people of Dunbar during workshop sessions led by Natalie.

See updates about the creation of the cape on the fellowship blog.

This cape was first worn on the eve of the Pilgrimage for COP26, at a collaborative celebration event   organised by NLA, Sustaining Dunbar and John Muirs Birthplace.

There was a special cape ceremony at The Battery, Dunbar Harbour, on Sunday 17th October 2021, where the first soil samples were given to the Keeper.  The cape was then worn by 9 keepers along the pilgrimage from Dunbar to Glasgow for the COP26 climate conference.

We welcome anyone to donate small sample of their precious soil to add in to the people’s collection. Find out how here.

For more information about any aspects of this project please contact.