Malcolm the Weaver reaches out!

Regular readers of this blog will be familiar with SDC’s Malcolm the Weaver project includes the books Weaver of a Life in Colour and The Rainbow that Mixed Colours and The Moon that Shone Dark. The project has had a very busy and successful few months. Written by SDC member Malcolm Campbell CCol FSDC and published by the SDC, the books have been kindly sponsored by organisations including The Cotton Industry War Memorial Trust, Coates Foundation, PLC, VP PLC and Hainsworths. This has seen over 1,000 books going directly to schools, encouraging young readers to start their colour education.

Back in November we launched the Children’s Cool Colouring Challenge. Entrants were invited to colour in the characters from the books and we had an amazing response. We had entries from as far afield as the Scottish Islands and Ethiopia, as well as over two hundred entries from local Bradford schools. In addition to local winners we were delighted that an entry from an Ethiopian school was one of the successful entries, winning a signed copy of Weaver of a Life in Colour.

Malcolm has been working with the Ethiopian Government and Bahir Dar University since April 2016, in conjunction with UKTI.

Ethotech Ltd is a textile manufacturing project that is working to improve and enhance indigenous Ethiopian textile products, as well as establish traditional textile plants for weaving and finishing in Ethiopia.

Ethotech is currently researching the textile network in Ethiopia to establish a quality assurance and country of origin brand label that will cover Tana Tweed, Blue Nile Cotton, and Lalibella Silk.

Support for the Ethotech project has been forthcoming from W T Johnson textile finishers, C&J Antich weavers, Griffith Textile Machinery, Huddersfield University, The Textile Centre of Excellence, The Textile Institute, and the SDC.

As part of a textile training programme, and in conjunction with Bahir Dar University, Malcolm and the SDC introduced the Malcolm the Weaver colouring competition to primary schools in Ethiopia. This initiative was christened Ethoteach.

Tigist Teshome aged 7, of Eschol Academy Primary School was the winner, and can be seen in the image above with her classmates (and twin sister!) holding her prize book. We have also shown her winning entry, which includes the Ethiopian flag flying on the Callanish boat.

As the SDC delivers colour education around the world, we are delighted to be involved with developing countries like Ethiopia, teaching children the art of colour and the craft of textiles.

Do take a look at our Malcolm the Weaver website and have a peep at what we are doing.

Malcolm has been busy working on the third book in the series. Our brilliant illustrator, Sharon Campbell has been working on some wonderful new illustrations and we hope to see a publication date towards the end of 2017.

In the meantime, Weaver of a Life in Colour and The Rainbow that Mixed Colours and The Moon that Shone Dark, are available to buy from SDC’s shop.

For Malcolm the Weaver queries please email: MtW@sdc.org.uk.

To find out more about SDC’s Colour Experience activities, take a look at our website.

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