Timorous Beasties

Timorous Beasties is a textile designer and maker founded in Glasgow in 1990 by Alistair McAuley and Paul Simmons. The name Timorous Beasties comes from the Robert Burn's poem. "To a Mouse"

Wee, sleekit, cowran, tim'rous beastie, 
O, what a panic's in thy breastie! 
Thou need na start awa sae hasty, 
Wi' bickering brattle! 
I wad be laith to rin an' chase thee, 
Wi' murd'ring pattle!


Timorous Beasties defines their creation as a nightmarish vision of contemporary Glasgow inspired by traditional textiles such as Toile de Jouy or white damasc. Their early printings used motifs of fauna and flora derived from encyclopedia.

McAuley and Simmons also execute special commissions,.


Floral 01 London Toile
Digital Iguana Tree of Life
Bird Branch 1614L Thistle 1614L