Lana MacKinnon studied at Edinburgh Collage of Art, where she was a contemporary of Eduardo Paolozzi, and obtained a Diploma in Design and Crafts in 1945. Lana created fabrics for both fashion and interiors, working for Cresta Silks, Horrockses and Ascher before her career was cut short by her death at the age of 44. In 1946 Lana was included in the 'Britain can make it' exhibition in London, where she showed with other prominent designers such as Ernest Race. A member of the Royal Scottish Society of painters, Lana also specialised in book illustration, most notably Margaret Lusty's 'The Foundations of our Society' 1966. Her designs are being reproduced with the permission of her two sons Nicholas and Christopher Gilmour.