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.
SDC member Rebecca Diggle is a Decorative Arts graduate from Nottingham Trent University. She won the UK heat of SDC’s International Design Competition in 2013, and was runner up in the grand final which took place in Mumbai, India. Below she writes about a recent internship SDC organised for her at Nutmeg, and which was supported by an SDC bursary.
On the 20th October I started a four-week internship with Nutmeg, the children’s clothing line of Wm Morrison Supermarket. This position was organised through the SDC and Nutmeg and was a wonderful opportunity for me to experience design in a commercial situation.
As an educational charity, SDC supports students in a variety of ways. In Northern Ireland, every year we award a prize to the students who show the best use of colour in their final year presentations. This year Paul Santokhi (Chair of the NI region) had the pleasure of presenting the award of £100 to student Jessica McGowan. Paul was very impressed with Jessica’s work.
Jessica was on the BA (Hons) Textile Art, Design and Fashion Course at the University of Ulster and graduated with a 2:1.The judges for the SDC award selected the winner from 62 final year students. We spoke to Jessica about her work and what she’s been up to since graduating.