An exciting project has been launched at Dumfries House in Ayrshire in collaboration with Glasgow Clyde College and Ayrshire College.
The three organisations have been developing an introductory series of fashion-based workshops being delivered from 10 to 13 June to local secondary teachers and pupils. The workshops will provide teachers with skills in garment construction and pattern cutting that they can then deliver as part of the Curriculum for Excellence while pupils will get a chance to become designers, models and photographers for the day by designing their own garment and taking part in a photo-shoot in the stunning grounds of Dumfries House.
The project was initiated by HRH The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay, who has been listening closely to the needs of the textile industry who wish to address a skills gap.
Participants in the workshops will spend time in the old sawmill which has been specially converted into a sewing studio for the duration of the workshops. They will be presented with inspirational garments and folio work to get them started on their own creations, all of which will be featured live on Twitter and Pinterest across the week.
James Sugden, retired managing director of Johnstons of Elgin, has arranged for the company to sponsor the project with high quality linen fabric woven in Scotland.
Mr Sugden is also the chair of a steering group responsible for taking the project to the next stage and stated: “I am delighted to be involved in a project that will bring growth to the Scottish textile industry and get young people enthused about the opportunities it brings. The steering group has already had strong industry commitment expressed for a larger project based at Dumfries House. This is only the beginning.”
To follow the project on twitter: @DHtextiles
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