We first met Matthew Lenehan at Belfast Metropolitan College when he took part in their in-house competition, using the SDC International Design Competition brief, and where he was announced as the winner. Matthew went on to enter the Irish heat of the SDC International Design Competition. On both occasions the judges were impressed with the standard of his work. We asked him to tell us about his SDC journey so far.
by SDC’s Education Manager, Cat Blackwell
Yves Saint-Laurent once stated that jeans “are expressive and discreet, they have sex appeal and simplicity, everything I could want for the clothes I design.” But what are jeans made out of and why are they so popular?
In the 1860s blue jeans were first invented by Levi Strauss to be worn as a strong and durable material for the workwear market. Over the years they have remained in fashion and become one of the most popular casual wear items today.
Regular readers of this blog will be familiar with Malcolm the Weaver, the colourful character from the Weaver of a Life in Colour and The Rainbow that Mixed Colours and the Moon that Shone Dark children’s books. Written by SDC member Malcolm Campbell and published by the SDC, the books introduce children to the world of colour and textiles.
The Malcolm the Weaver project has really taken off in the last year. Following a sponsorship model the SDC have garnered support from a diverse range of companies and individuals in order to give the books to schools for free. Over 2,000 books were sponsored in 2016 and sent to schools in Yorkshire, the London region, Scotland and as far afield as Australia!