Inspiration & Motivation

Some tartan subjects celebrate achievement, hope, or bring attention to causes.

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Calum's Cabin

Calum's Cabin is a holiday home on the Isle of Bute for children suffering from cancer & cancer related diseases, where children and their families come to make irreplaceable memories, spend quality time together and recharge their batteries for what may be ahead. Calum Speirs (12) made Calum's Cabin possible.

Keeling

The Keeling tartan symbolises a wholesale shift in the energy basis of civilisation, from fossil fuels (grey and black track) to 100 per cent clean energy (green and yellow track).

Mother Earth

This tartan uses the colors of blue oceans and fertile land.

Apr 22
Earth Day

Preservation of Earth

This tartan uses blue to represent Earth's oceans and sky; three green lines to represent life and our efforts to successfully sustain it; white lines to signify the planet's clouds; and brown to represent the crust and the continents on which we dwell.

Apr 22
Earth Day

Fair Trade

May 11
Fair Trade Day

Keep Calm

This tartan was created to celebrate the quintessential Britishness of the ‘stiff upper lip’ - renowned for remaining resolute and calm in the face of adversity and unsure times. Black represents uncertain and worrying times and with the power of optimism the blackness turns to a lighter shade of grey. Followed by positive green, symbolising renewal, growth, calm and harmony. Red, white and blue represent the colours of Great Britain.

Jun 18
Panic Day (or Don't Panic Day)

Yamaguchi Tsutomu

The Yamaguchi Tsutomu tartan transforms the nuclear hazard sign into a radiant symbol of hope for a nuclear-free future. Its inspiration was the peace memorial ceremonies held every August in Japan and around the world, to commemorate those who perished in the atom bomb attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. This tartan is named in honour of the late Tsutomu Yamaguchi, the only officially recognised survivor of both atom bomb attacks and an outspoken critic of nuclear weapons and nuclear energy.

Aug 6
Hiroshima - 6 August 1945

World Peace

The light blue is representative of the presence, hope and potential of the United Nations. Scotland is represented at the heart of this enterprise through the purple and green of the Scottish thistle. The red and black in the design represent and remind us of the realities of war and violence and the great need for a new living culture of non violence. The white running through the pattern provides a counterbalance, a symbol of peace and light.

Sep 21
World Peace Day

Homeless

This tartan was designed to promote the plight of homeless people. The designer used colours of personal significance: grey to represent the gloominess that some homeless people experience and ten bright colours for community.

Oct 10
World Homeless Day

Susan G Komen

The mission of the Komen Foundation is to eradicate breast cancer as a life threatening disease through research, education, screening and treatment.

Oct 15

Earthrise

This tartan commemorates the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 8 ‘Earthrise’ photograph, taken from lunar orbit by astronaut William Anders on 24th December 1968. The tartan celebrates this image which was declared ‘the most influential environmental photograph ever taken'. The geometry of the tartan depicts the Earth rising above the Moon's horizon. The numbers of threads of each colour have numerical significance. Colours: the colours represent the Earth, Space and the Moon.

Dec 24
The Earthrise Photo of 1968

Calum's Cabin

Calum was an inspiration to all who knew and met him. Calum and his family had decided that they would like to keep helping others by having a Holiday Cabin in Calum’s name to allow other familiesby having a Holiday Cabin in Calum’s name to allow other families who are dealing with a child with cancer to have a wonderful holiday on the Isle of Bute.

Charles David Keeling

It is named in honour of the late Charles David Keeling of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, whose measurements from 1958 onwards supplied the first concrete evidence of rapidly increasing carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere, commonly known as the ‘Keeling Curve’.

Earth

Earth Day is an annual event, celebrated on April 22, on which day events worldwide are held to demonstrate support for environmental protection. It was first celebrated in 1970, and is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network and celebrated in more than 193 countries each year.

Apr 22
Earth Day

Apr 22
Earth Day

May 11
Fair Trade Day

Keep Calm and Carry On

"Keep Calm and Carry On" phrase has its popular origins in a motivational poster produced by the British government in 1939 in preparation for World War II. The poster was intended to raise the morale of the British public, threatened with widely predicted mass air attacks on major cities.

Jun 18
Panic Day (or Don't Panic Day)

Nuclear Hazard Symbol

During WWII, Tsutomu Yamaguchi cheated death twice in 3 days. On August 6, 1945, he was in Hiroshima when the atomic bomb dropped 3km away. He was severely burned but still reported to work in Nagasaki on the 9th. Just as he was describing the blast to his boss, the 2nd bomb dropped, 3 km away again, but this time he wasn't injured.

Aug 6
Hiroshima - 6 August 1945

International Day of Peace Logo

World peace is an ideal of freedom, peace, and happiness among and within all nations and/or people. World peace is an idea of planetary non-violence by which nations willingly cooperate, either voluntarily or by virtue of a system of governance that prevents warfare.

Sep 21
World Peace Day

World Homeless Day Symbol

The Scottish kiltmakers Slanj will use the tartan on various products which will be sold by several homeless charities in the UK and around the globe. Slanj have further pledged to give a percentage of the sales to British homeless charities.

Oct 10
World Homeless Day

Breast Cancer Pink Ribbon

Susan Goodman, later Susan Goodman Komen, was born in 1943 in Peoria, Illinois. She was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 33 and died of the disease at in 1980. Komen's younger sister, Nancy Goodman Brinker, who believed that Susan's outcome might have been better if patients knew more about cancer and its treatment, promised her sister that she would do everything she could to end breast cancer. To fulfill that promise, Brinker founded the Susan G. Komen Breast Foundation in 1982.

Oct 15

Earthrise - Dec 24, 1968

"Earthrise," a word coined from the name of a photograph of the Earth taken by astronaut William Anders in 1968, during the Apollo 8 mission.

Dec 24
The Earthrise Photo of 1968

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