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 is 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 pockets are being 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 will be 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 will be a special cape ceremony at The Battery, Dunbar Harbour, starting at 4.30 pm on Sunday 17th October 2021. It will then accompany the Pilgrims along the John Muir Way to Glasgow for the COP26 climate conference starting on the 31st October 2021.

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

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