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Scottish heat of the SDC International Design Competition 2018

The Scottish heat of the SDC International Design Competition took place earlier this year, and we were pleased to welcome Marion Whitelaw as one of the judges. we asked her to tell us about the experience.

“It was a pleasure once again to act as lead judge with the panel which included Anne Bell, Green Grove Weavers and Eliza Kesuma, Moody Monday for the Scottish heat of the SDC International Design Competition, kindly hosted by Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee.

The standard of work was excellent and I would like to praise all the students that took part from our F.E and H.E Institutions across Scotland that contributed to the success of the competition in Scotland. The work showed variety, individuality, creative use of colour as communication and innovation through textiles as a medium. Textiles, including print, surface, knit and weave were all showcased and included various concepts and application to product. It was a wonderful opportunity to shine a light on the outstanding talent from our colleges and universities. It was a great day and I am sure all the students that attended gained invaluable experience. All students had the opportunity to present to the panel of judges and I would also say again a huge well done to all! The creativity, commitment, professionalism and attitude was tremendous!

We wish our overall Scottish winner, Laura Cummings, 4th year student from Edinburgh College of Art, all the very best when going forward to the UK heat”.

The competition is open to fashion and textile design undergraduates in participating countries. The focus of the competition is on colour, and this year’s theme is ‘colour communication’. Check the website for details.

A prolific and innovative designer, lecturer and former STAG Project Co-ordinator, Marion Whitelaw has a breadth and depth of expertise in both fashion and furnishing textiles, having worked with internationally recognised designers and corporate clients. Marion is a loyal supporter of the SDC in Scotland, freely giving her time to judge the entries of the International Design Competition and sharing her expertise with emerging designers.

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