Migration from a Scottish perspective: some emigration was voluntary.
Many Scots sought a better life, taking advantage of efforts by British Commonwealth countries to attract immigrants, such as New Zealand’s offer of £10 assisted passage to key workers between 1947 and 1975.
Scottish emigrants often have a close, sentimental attachment to “home”, reflected in melancholic literature and music.
I designed most of the fabrics used in this quilt, featuring Commonwealth stamps, emigrant letters from the National Library of Scotland’s collection, maps, immigrant recruitment posters and the lyrics of the Proclaimers’ song “Letter from America”.
c. 1.6m x 2.0m