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Design for a Circular Economy

Are you thinking of entering the SDC International Design Competition 2017? The theme for 2017 is ‘design for a circular economy’. As always, the focus is on colour and its use in the design process, and you will need to analyse and justify the resources used. This includes the dyes, chemicals, materials and processes used to commercially produce your product within a circular economy.

So what is the circular economy? 

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Generous sponsorships help to educate future generations in the art of colour and the craft of textiles

When SDC published the first in the series of Malcolm the Weaver educational books in 2014, we hoped that the textile industry would help us realise our goal of distributing free copies of the books to primary school libraries. After publishing our second book in 2015, we are now seeing how truly generous and supportive the industry is through their increased sponsorships of the books and that aim being realised. To date, more than 2,000 copies have been sponsored and we hope to push the project further and get at least one book into every primary school library in the UK.

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Photochromic and thermochromic applications

With thanks to SDC member Adam Pursell for reviewing this recent North of England region event, which took place at the University of Leeds.

The evening started out with a tour of the School of Design, led by Prof Chris Carr. Attendees were shown around the state of the art facilities that the School had to offer, including a testing house, fibre spinning facilities, weave/knit facilities and ultra-modern design spaces. The tour was enjoyed by all, and proved Leeds University to truly be a world leader in the field of fibre/fabric technologies.

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