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Why write a blog?

Society of Dyers and Colourists

For a number of reasons. We are constantly looking for new and relevant ways in which to engage with SDC members and users, and a blog seemed an excellent way of ensuring this engagement could be a two way process. We wanted to create a space to discuss the issues, ideas, challenges and opportunities relating to colour.

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The Printed Spectrum – a Design, Digital and 3D seminar

Pat Hardcastle reports on this London region event which took place at London College of Fashion earlier this year.

This event, organised by SDC’s London region and hosted jointly with The Textile Institute London region was attended by 65 people from industry, retail, education and students. Ian Smith, the chair of SDC London opened by welcoming the delegates. He then introduced Dr Graham Clayton, CEO of the SDC and chair of the event.

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Would you benefit from an SDC Bursary?

The SDC Bursary Scheme provides financial assistance to emerging young professionals.  This support has been used to create portfolios, final collections, undertake research trips and purchase equipment.  The scheme is open to students reading a broad range of subjects including art, design, science and technology.  Would you benefit from receiving an SDC Bursary?  Read on for further details of the scheme, and how it has benefited some of the recipients.

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Formulating Colours: More than just a “bit o’salt”

Dr Jim Bullock, iFormulate Ltd, takes a look at the wonderful world of formulating colours.

Longer ago than I care to remember, I was flattered to be asked to give a talk in Leeds to the SDC’s student section. The subject was the formulation of textile dyes, and after spending 45 minutes or so persuading the audience that formulation was a tricky task, and that plenty of science was involved, the organiser thanked me with the words “and I thought all you did was standardise wi’ a bit o’ salt”.

I shouldn’t have been surprised by the comment, because at the time formulation was seen as pretty empirical and one of the “dark arts” – and of course most of its practitioners didn’t do much to dispel that idea. However, a few years later the science and technology of formulation – in many sectors including pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals and cosmetic products – is acknowledged to be not just worthy of academic study but also something which can add huge commercial value. For instance, plans are afoot for the UK to set up a major collaborative R&D centre for formulation and skills and qualifications in the area are developing well in parallel to this.

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