Norma Starszakowna, Hinterland, 2004

Digital and hand processes printed on silk organza substrate

Norma Starszakowna (b. 1945 Dundee) Lives and works in London.

Hinterland 2004

This work seeks to celebrate the achievements and ideals of the people of Scotland through an exploration of Scotland’s cultural history. It is an innovative work that combines both new and traditional technologies. It was commissioned following an international textiles competition which resulted in two artists receiving commissions to produce new work for the Parliament.

The artist has used colour to help convey her feelings about Scotland’s history and achievements – there are dark tones of Celtic standing stones and local mining industries, greens and blues of agricultural land and seascapes, bright colours of philosophy, education, science and medicine through to the gold and silver that the artist uses to convey her feelings about the Scottish Enlightenment period.



The images and quotations printed on the various panels reflect on Scotland’s contribution to science, engineering, finance, philosophy, education and medicine. The artist researched various aspects of Scotland’s history, including the Clearances, lowland agriculture and industry and the Enlightenment, as part of the development of this work.

The definition of the term ‘hinterland’ is ‘the land directly adjacent to and inland from a coast’ ora region remote from urban areas; backcountry, a region situated beyond metropolitan centres of culture'.

"The work celebrates the achievements and aspirations of the Scottish people. It reflects Scotland's cultural history and its 'Enlightenment', together with its proud and continuing tradition of discovery that ranges across the sciences, engineering, education, communication and philosophy."  Norma Starszakowna

Artist Biography

The artist gained a Diploma in Art and Design at Duncan of Jordanstone in 1966.

Norma Starszakowna was Head of Textiles and Chair of Design at the University of Dundee, 1984 – 1998 and Director of Research Development at the University of the Arts London and Chair of the UK Research Assessment Panel for Art and Design 1999 – 2002.

She established her studio in Dundee in 1966 and has been commissioned by clients including Issey Miyake Design, Japan, Edinburgh Tapestry Company (now the Dovecot Studio) and the Scottish Arts Council.

She is represented in permanent collections such as the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, the Deutsch TextilMuseum, Germany, Sembikiya Gallery, Tokyo, Aberdeen Art Gallery, Leeds City Art Gallery and the Whitworth Gallery, Manchester.