The heats for the SDC International Design Competition 2015 are now well underway. Open to undergraduate fashion and textile design students in 13 countries, the competition encourages the creative, imaginative and original use of colour in either fashion or textiles, with the entrants competing for a place at the grand final in London.
Regular readers of this blog will be familiar with Malcolm the Weaver, the colourful character from the Weaver of a Life in Colour children’s book. Written by SDC member Malcolm Campbell and published by the SDC, the book introduces children to the world of colour and textiles.
SDC recently ran a colouring competition for children entitled ‘Children’s Cool Colouring Challenge’, based on the characters from the original book, and we were overwhelmed by the standard of entries.
Founded in 1797 Johnston’s of Elgin manufactures the finest cashmere cloth, knitwear and accessories from its mills in Hawick and Elgin.
Johnstons of Elgin works with farmers in Inner Mongolia to source cashmere and the sustainability of the herds is a key element in the policy of maintaining good pastures to encourage the growth of the finest fibers. Accordingly Johnstons selects the finest luxury fabrics which are then processed through approximately 30 different manufacturing stages before reaching the finished product.
In both the knitting plant in Hawick and the weaving plant in Elgin skilled craftsmen and women ensure that skills preserved through generations of families are represented in the contemporary products made today.
Brian Hinnigan, Director of Sales, was one of the judges at the recent Scottish heat of SDC’s International Design Competition. Laura Monaghan from Glasgow Clyde College was the winner of the heat, and goes on to compete in the UK final. For talented students, this competition has shown many times that it creates opportunities and can lead to other things. Laura’s meeting with Brian is one such opportunity.