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  • 06-Jan-2018 1:13 PM | Kimberley White

    New Lanark, an 18th century cotton-spinning Mill Village and one of Scotland’s 6 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, is delighted to announce the launch of a Textile Print competition to celebrate the opening of London’s Fashion and Textile Museum’s Artist Textiles Picasso to Warhol exhibition at New Lanark on the 26th January 2018.

    Textile production and innovation has been the continuous thread throughout New Lanark’s history, from the village’s early years as the one-time largest cotton manufacturer in Scotland, to now producing over 60 shades of high-quality woollen yarn using historic textile machinery and launching the world’s first Organic Tartan in 2015. Through an exciting new partnership, New Lanark will be hosting a prominent touring exhibition from the Fashion and Textile Museum in London in 2018. ARTIST TEXTILES Picasso to Warhol traces the history of 20th century art in textiles with highlights including prints of work by Salvador Dali, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol.

    To celebrate the arrival of this exhibition and the village’s textile production history, New Lanark are launching a design competition to commission a special ‘New Lanark’ textile print, to incorporate into a new range of promotional merchandise which will be sold exclusively within the New Lanark Mill Shop.

    The textile print should be an all over repeat pattern that embodies the theme of ‘Living and Working at New Lanark’. This theme can incorporate a number of topics such as the village’s social history & industrial heritage, textile production, New Lanark’s unique architecture, natural surroundings and the Falls of Clyde. This is a non-exhaustive list and entrants are encouraged to be inspired by conducting their own research into New Lanark by visiting the village or viewing content at:




    The competition is open to the general public, design students and existing designers. In conjunction with the Year of Young People 2018, New Lanark would be particularly interested to see entries from aspiring designers and young creatives and as such have designated an ‘Under 16’ prize category.

    Entries are encouraged to be as creative as possible, whilst keeping in mind the commercial viability of the design and its appeal to New Lanark visitors including international tourists, visitors from elsewhere in Scotland and the local community.

    New Lanark will work with the overall winner to incorporate the winning pattern into a range of promotional textile items to be sold exclusively within the New Lanark Mill Shop. The winner will also receive a Place on a specialist workshop (‘Couture Inside Out’ OR ‘Fashion Drawing’) at the Fashion and Textile Museum in London (Travel and accommodation NOT included), as well as Remnant Kings fabric vouchers, a framed copy of print and Complimentary passes to ARTIST TEXTILES Picasso to Warhol exhibition and the New Lanark Visitor Attraction. There will also be an Under 16 Winner and runner up prizes.

    To enter click here.

    Entrants should submit their work, following the T&Cs available at the website above, by emailing marketing@newlanark.org

    Entries must be received by 11.59pm on Sunday 11th February 2018.

    ARTIST TEXTILES - Picasso to Warhol

    26 January – 29 April 2018

  • 20-Dec-2017 11:48 AM | Kimberley White

    In line with Thrace Group’s strategy, Don & Low, a manufacturer of woven and nonwoven polyolefin technical textiles, has agreed a multi-million deal with Reifenhäuser, to supply a new 3.2 metre Reicofil 4 bicomponent spunbond line specifically configured for industrial spunbond markets.

    “The new investment will see the UK’s only spunbond manufacturer initially increase its plant`s capacity by 5,000 tonnes and follows its 2016 investment in an Oerlikon Neumag meltblown line,” the manufacturer reports.

    The new technologies incorporated into this investment will broaden the company’s manufacturing capabilities, increasing its product offering, providing technical solutions to meet both future customer and market demands. “This investment will further cement Don & Low’s position as a technical leader in industrial markets,” the company says.

    The new RF4 line has been specifically configured for industrial applications incorporating a unique capability – to produce significantly higher tensile and isotropic spunbonds. In addition, the line will produce both mono and bicomponent spunbond utilising combinations of polypropylene and/or polyethylene and offers improved filament distribution. The line will further benefit from Reifenhäuser’s latest digital platform. This investment will be on stream in April 2019.

    In addition, the investment will see the nonwovens site expand to create a new unit to facilitate a secondary processing centre of excellence, enhanced by a further investment into a high output, three colour printing line. Completion of the site expansion is due April 2018.

    Full original article here.


  • 29-Nov-2017 10:06 AM | Kimberley White

    New Lanark World Heritage Site is delighted to announce it will be hosting London’s Fashion and Textile Museum’s international travelling exhibition "Artist Textiles: Picasso to Warhol", from 26 January until 29 April 2018 in its new exhibition gallery. This touring display from the Fashion and Textile Museum, London traces the history of 20th century art in textiles. Highlights include work by Georges Braque, Alexander Calder, Marc Chagall, Salvador Dalí, Sonia Delaunay, Raoul Dufy, Barbara Hepworth, Fernand Léger, Henri Matisse, Joan Miró, Henry Moore, Pablo Picasso, Ben Nicholson and Andy Warhol.

    "Artist Textiles: Picasso to Warhol" has toured internationally since 2014, visiting London, the Netherlands, Canada and the USA, and will make its return to the UK in 2018 at New Lanark World Heritage Site.

    "Artist Textiles" shows how ordinary people were once able to engage with modern art in a personal and intimate way through their clothing and home furnishings. The exhibition features examples of key European and American art movements: Fauvism, Cubism, Constructivism, Abstraction, Surrealism and Pop Art; as well as the work of leading fashion designers and manufacturers. With over 200 rare pieces, many of which have not been on public display before, including some of iconic British designer Zandra Rhodes' personal collection.

    Curator Dennis Nothdruft from the Fashion and Textile Museum, who developed the exhibition, said:

    “This exhibition highlights the importance of the textile industry in the dissemination and promotion of contemporary art. Manufacturers and mills had the foresight to work with painters and sculptors to develop beautiful fabrics that democratized modern art for the masses.”

    Behind the scenes, the stunning scenery and breath-taking views at New Lanark World Heritage Site offer a tremendous backdrop for the exhibition. A former 18th century cotton spinning mill village, founded by David Dale and Richard Arkwright in 1785, its history transports visitors back to the height of the cotton spinning industry.

    Evelyn Whitelaw, New Lanark Trust’s Events & Exhibitions Officer, who is working with the team from London to coordinate the exhibition, commented:

    “We hope that this exhibition will allow visitors to learn more about the resurgence of the textile sector. We will be holding Printmaking workshops and will be launching a ‘textile design competition’ to engage and develop design skills within the community in due course.”

    Located on the banks of the Falls of Clyde, just under an hour from Glasgow and Edinburgh, New Lanark gained international fame under the enlightened management of Robert Owen and was a successful spinning centre until its closure in 1968. New Lanark village is now owned and operated by New Lanark Trust, a registered Scottish Charity who, since 1974, have been restoring and revitalising the village as a living and working community. Today, New Lanark is recognised as one of Scotland’s 6 UNESCO World Heritage Sites of outstanding universal value and welcomes over 300,000 visitors annually to the site.

    London’s Fashion and Textile Museum’s international travelling "Artist Textiles: Picasso to Warhol" will exhibit at New Lanark from 26 January – 29 April 2018.

    Visit newlanark.org to find out more.

    Photo Credits: Fashion and Textile Museum London

  • 24-Nov-2017 12:07 PM | Kimberley White

    The latest meeting of the Scottish Textile Industry Leadership Group (ILG) was kindly hosted on 22nd November by one of Scotland's top legal firms, MacRoberts LLP, at their York Street offices in Glasgow. MacRoberts have, over a number of years, been very supportive of the Scottish textile industry and are Associate Members of Textiles Scotland.

    The ILG is a strategically driven body which represents a broad cross-sector of the industry and is responsible for oversight of the Scottish Textile Industry - 10 Year Plan and monitors progress towards achieving the plan's objectives. Click the following links to check out the group's membership and terms of reference.

    The meeting concerned itself with two major issues. These were "Markets & Marketing" and "Productivity & Investment". Scottish Development International support many of our businesses on a 121 basis in terms of their internationalisation plans but, following the interiors showcase event held at Scotland House in London in September, they are keen to explore ways in which the industry across all sectors can benefit from group activity. A number of ideas were considered including group participation at well-established exhibitions. Additionally the ILG wish to examine ways in which a digital marketing strategy might be developed to market the Scottish brand on behalf of the industry as a whole.

    In recent years much has been made of the success of the public sector funded Alliance Project which operated in the north of England and supported skills, innovation and investment plans. The ILG at a previous meeting asked our public sector partners to explore ways in which something similar could be made to work in Scotland. Scottish Enterprise have led on this development work and an outline plan was presented to the meeting. This will be further refined in coming weeks and we will ensure that our members are kept informed.

    If you have any points to make on these areas or wish to know more about the ILG please contact Jaki Love, Director of Textiles Scotland.

  • 13-Nov-2017 2:40 PM | Kimberley White

    Knockando Woolmill is proud to announce the winner of their inaugural New Woven Textile Designer Award which was presented at Scotland:ReDesigned’s annual Runway and Awards Presentation at #SRDGLA17 on Thursday, 9th November.

    The competition sought to uncover the best of new textile design talent, inviting current students and recent graduates to submit innovative and contemporary designs that push boundaries.

    Recent graduate Jessica Cutler, who studied Textiles in Practice at Manchester School of Art and graduated in July 2017, was presented the award for her design ‘Devon Seasons’. Jessica said: “I’m delighted to have won this award. It was a great evening at such a great venue. Glasgow’s an amazing city – it’s got such a vibrant creative scene which seems to be really well supported. Thanks again to everyone involved for this opportunity. I’m looking forward to working with Knockando Woolmill and can’t wait to see the finished product!”

    A shortlist of six entries were presented to the stellar judging panel, which featured renowned names in fashion and textiles.

    - Fleet Bigwood, pathway tutor for the MA Textiles for Fashion at Central Saint Martins who has provided print design consultations for brands such as Stella McCartney, Donna Karan, Lee Alexander McQueen and Louise Wilson.

    - Alistair O’Neill, Reader in Fashion History and Theory at Central Saint Martins who’s recent curatorial projects include co- curating SHOWstudio: Fashion Revolution (2009) and Valentino: Master of Couture (2012).

    - Fabio Piras, Course Director at Central Saint Martins who brings twenty years of international industry experience, enjoying a successful career in both creative direction and consultancy for luxury fashion brands in Europe and China.

    - Design duo Clements Ribeiro known for their feminine designs, bold prints and luxurious knitwear, and Interior Decorator, lifestyle and luxury consultant Rachel Meddowes.

    Panellist Alistair O’Neill said: “Knockando Woolmill’s New Woven Textile Designer award is an exciting initiative uniting Scotland’s oldest continually working weaving mill with the creativity and innovation of the UK’s next generation of textile designers. Central Saint Martins is proud to be a part of the judging panel and sees the initiative as a good indication of how Scottish textiles can succeed in the 21st century.”

    As well as receiving £500, the winning design will be produced commercially by Knockando Woolmill and sold with custom labelling featuring the designer’s name.

  • 17-Oct-2017 10:52 AM | Kimberley White

    A visionary new tartan weaving enterprise is taking shape on the Black Isle, just north of Inverness in Scotland.  This new initiative is set to re-design tartan for the future.

    “Build the Mill” is a Kickstarter crowd funding campaign that will enable Scottish luxury design House Prickly Thistle Ltd to bring tartan weaving back to its home in the Scottish Highlands. Founder Clare Campbell gave up a career in accountancy to launch the Prickly Thistle brand two years ago and since that time has built up an international clientele.

    “Our company gives its clients the opportunity to weave their own piece of history through bespoke tartan designs and products” Campbell, 39 and a native of Ross-shire explained.

    Struggling to find suitable manufacturing partners in Scotland in what is already a busy sector for the country’s economy, Campbell took the step to build her own mill on the Black Isle. She has already purchased a farm steading that was suitable for conversion and has received pre-planning approval for the project.

    “Given Scotland is the traditional home of tartan, many people find it amazing that there are no tartan weaving mills in the Highland area. Furthermore, by bringing the latest textile weaving technology in-house to complement the brand’s design function, we can ensure that we can meet customer demand while at the same time producing cloth of the highest quality.”

    After significant research, the company decided to use the Kickstarter crowdfunding platform to raise £500,000 to help complete the mill project. Subscribers to the campaign on the Kickstarter website will be able to choose different levels of cash pledges for which they will receive products, or ‘rewards’ for their support.

    But it’s more than just making tartan in its traditional home. For decades, tartan or plaid design fabrics have been hailed as one of the greatest fabric designs anywhere the world.  From fashion to interiors, this recognisable cloth has stood the test of time, guaranteeing that you will almost always find it in any on design trend listing. 

    Tartan cloth and designs have graced the catwalks as integral parts of iconic collections from the most out spoken designers.  Vivienne Westwood, Jean Paul Gautier and Alexander McQueen have all applied a rebellious twist to their garment styles with the use of tartan.

    In the world of interiors, the use of the cloth has included special edition models from leading luxury sports car brands such as Porsche and Lotus and of course it is a staple of top interior designers worldwide. Patrice Wyndham-Smith of the official On Madison blog noted “Plaid is a new modern and one of the hottest looks around for fall.  Designers have rebranded plaid and we are seeing it pop up on the runways and in unexpected ways for home décor.  The key to the new plaid is how and where it is used”.

    This use of the cloth is what has inspired Clare Campbell to not only take tartan back to its roots but also use it to build an international brand based in the Scottish Highlands. She explained “At Prickly Thistle, we are creating a premium brand for Scotland that will be on a par with the famous European designers, such as Hermes, LVMH and Chanel. To showcase our design capability and to reinforce the fact that Scotland can be home to premium fashion items, we have created a range of bespoke products for the campaign that include our tartan designs as well as providing complementary fashion items of a timeless nature. This new mill will allow us to bring the whole process in house thus creating the opportunity to re-design tartan in every sense, challenge the stereotypes, deconstruct 200 years of the same and disrupt the future of this iconic design but also ensure quality is integral to the process” said Campbell.

    As a trustee of the Scottish Tartans Authority, Campbell also ensures that each tartan design is included on the official register. Scottish Tartan Authority Chairman John McLeish is impressed with this exciting campaign, "Scotland is blessed with a good number of quality tartan designers, and weavers of our national iconic fabric. Clare brings a new dimension, and a huge amount of energy, to a traditional industry and it is particularly pleasing to support her ambition of bringing tartan back to its spiritual home. From our perspective, the creation of a new tartan weaving facility in the Highlands is very welcome indeed."

    The campaign, which hopes to raise £500,000 to convert and fit out the mill building runs from 14 October for two months. It will offer luxury reward gift items ranging from £15 to £8,000, all of which are unique to the campaign or are numbered limited edition products. 

    Visit the Build The Mill Kickstarter today to pledge your support

    Prickly Thistle website

  • 06-Oct-2017 11:28 AM | Kimberley White

    Nominations for the 2018 Scottish Export Awards, sponsored by HSBC in association with Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise, are now open.

    The Scottish Export Awards and International Trade Campaign brings together businesses from across Scotland to recognise and celebrate their entrepreneurial exporting achievements.

    Nominations are now open, for businesses of all shapes and sizes, both exporters and export advisers, so don’t miss your chance to get involved. 

    The awards on offer range from micro exporter of the year all the way through to large exporter, e-commerce exporter, scale-up and entrepreneurial exporter of the year.

    The event will be held on 22 March 2018 at the Hilton Hotel Glasgow. The awards have proven extremely popular in previous years, are completely free to enter, and are a unique opportunity to build your brand profile, generate some good publicity and attract potential investors.

    Last year’s BQ Scottish Exporter of the Year award went to the large exporter prize winner, John McGavigan, the Glasgow plastics manufacturer which exports car components across the globe.

    BQ’s Bryan Hoare said: "It’s universally recognised now that export markets are crucial for the growth and development of the Scottish economy, and that Scotland has a booming international trade environment in which businesses are being nurtured.

    "We’re delighted to be supported by Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and islands Enterprise and HSBC who all recognise what a great platform these awards are for businesses to shout about their achievements.

    "This is your time to shine, to stand up and proudly proclaim that you are the very best that Scotland has to offer when it comes to exporting in your field.

    "We’ve been overwhelmed in previous years with the volume and quality of nominations, and we don’t expect this year to be any different. In line with the overall ethos of BQ, both in print and online, this will be the awards ceremony that your business simply cannot afford to miss."

    Alison McGregor, CEO of HSBC Scotland, said: “HSBC are delighted to be sponsoring the Scottish Export Awards for the third year running.

    “These awards are a wonderful opportunity to recognise exporting achievements and to inspire and encourage others who are considering exporting as an opportunity for growth.”

    Paul Lewis, managing director of Scottish Development International, added: “The Scottish Export Awards are a fantastic way for companies to celebrate and be recognised for their exporting achievements.

    “In recent years we’ve seen increasing numbers of exciting and innovative companies enter the awards and I would encourage any ambitious companies out there to take part this year.

    “Scotland’s export performance is growing and the potential is huge - that’s why we want to help as many companies as possible to reap the benefits of exporting and drive their business growth.”

    Nominations can be completed online here.

    Full details on booking tickets, and the remaining sponsorship opportunities, are here.

  • 04-Oct-2017 10:27 AM | Kimberley White

    Scotland Re:Designed (SR:D) returns celebrating luxury and Scottish making at SR:D’s annual showroom, runway, awards and weekend market with a Makers theme this year.

    SR:D Glasgow takes place at multi-cultural arts venue, SWG3 in Finnieston from Wednesday the 8th to Sunday the 12th of November with a three-day showroom and a weekend pop-up store for consumers & public where brands are encouraged to submit ideas for creative stand displays.

    There are three Creative Scotland funded application stands available in the following categories: Menswear, Womenswear, and Accessories & Interiors - a total of 12 funded spaces. As part of the prize, winners will be offered a 1-2-1 mentoring session with an expert panel and a slot on the much anticipated SR:D runway.

    Help to support design, commercialise creativity & sell Scotland. 

    Click here to apply to exhibit.

    Click here to view the SR:D event calendar.


  • 02-Oct-2017 4:48 PM | Kimberley White

    Applications are now open for the Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards 2018. Interface are seeking the most innovative and successful business-academic collaborations that are happening across Scotland to recognise, reward and celebrate the impacts achieved.

    Why should you apply?

    Now in its third year the Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards are well established as the showcase event of the year for knowledge exchange in Scotland. Previous award winners have reported the following benefits from winning:

    • Independent endorsement of company and products
    • Increased brand recognition
    • Innovative partnerships and processes showcased
    • Increased media coverage

    They have expressed that the award has brought recognition for their company and the product and it has spurred them on to look for more ways they can continue collaborating with academia.

    Stuart Speake, Managing Director of Soltropy, Sustained Partnership of the Year Winner 2016, said:

    “Winning an award for our partnership with Heriot-Watt University has given us independent and positive acknowledgement for the work that we have undertaken to help bring our idea closer to a commercial product. Since winning the award we have gone on to win the £100k Scottish Edge Higgs Award and are about to launch our Solar Thermal Technology.”

    They are calling for entries across five categories:

    • Building Skills through Knowledge Exchange Award
    • Innovation of the Year Award
    • Multiparty Collaboration Award
    • Outstanding Contribution to Knowledge Exchange Award
    • Social and Environmental Impact Award

    Apply now and show Scotland how your business is leading the way towards economic growth, societal improvements and environmental advances.

    Click here to apply by deadline 5pm on 27th November.

  • 02-Oct-2017 10:41 AM | Kimberley White

    Scottish Interiors: LDN was held on the 18th and 19th of September at Scotland House in London. The best of Scottish interior and textile design companies showcased their products to international buyers, architects, and the media. Below are a selection of images capturing the connections made in London.

    Photo credit: Dominic Martin Photography

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