Ryan Hannigan - Haggart's Lead Designer
Haggart's continues to offer the estate quality tweeds - and from them the country clothing, shooting suits, jackets and coats that it is renowned for. Ryan Hannigan now also adds his unique touch to new complementary product ranges.
Ryan holds a degree in Sculpture however his talents are spread far and wide between drawing, painting, printing, design, sculpture, music and even organising festivals. Sculpture is considered to be the grand art and in many ways understanding the third dimension informs drawing and the craft skills that help in printmaking & painting. His work has previously been selected in a show for the Royal Scottish Academy and is displayed in many private collections.
In 2005 Ryan established The Temple Gallery in Aberfeldy, Scotland around his drawing, painting, printing and sculpture. It began with a section of artist's materials and a large gallery area. This was the first time that his studio had been open to the public. He was also increasingly using letterpress and woodcuts and began to use repeat pattern and the Graphic Arts as inspiration for his hand printed posters and prints.
Haggart's a renowned tweed company was located just a few doors down from The Temple Gallery and in 2013 when Haggart's decided to focus on made-to-measure products, Ryan approached them with his design ideas. Haggart's loved his concepts and the RE:Design Collection was born. Haggart's tweed married with Ryan's woodblock prints and with elements of vintage materials and army surplus canvas gave RE:DEsign its significance.
Ryan Hannigan at the Haggart's Boutique Store in Aberfeldy, Scotland
Many of the woodblocks became much more than just a tool to create an image on paper or cloth. They had a sculptural quality that some valued as objects in their own right.
The woodblock printing was done by painstakingly hand carving woodblocks and using them to print panels of cloth. Many of the woodblocks became much more than just a tool to create an image on paper or cloth. They had a sculptural quality that some valued as objects in their own right.
To this day Ryan uses the same method to also print posters, limited edition prints, cards and stationery for Haggart's whose Boutique Store also continues to exhibit Ryan's fine art.
Ryan's band 'Star Wheel Press' is named after one of the printing presses at Haggart's. However, printing makes up only a small part of how Ryan's touch is added to Haggart's product ranges.
Ryan's wife, Deborah Hannigan, joined the team in earnest in 2011 and has been designing and styling products with Ryan ever since. Deborah has also been working with production and manufacture and endeavouring to up the scale of production at Haggart's. Some of the products that Deborah has been key in are the Blanket Bag, the Tweed Mini, Tea Cosy and cushions.