Former student Ashleigh Lindsay, along with current student Kendall Blair,both pictured, were given this opportunity through their participation in the Dumfries House Textiles and Sewing Skills project. The scheme was initiated by Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay, in response to him hearing about a skills gap in the textile industry. The project, which aims to address the needs of the textile industry and offer experiential learning to improve employment prospects for young people, consists of a series of different workshops aimed at either young people or secondary school teachers. It has recently received funding from Creative Scotland’s Cashback for Creativity to run until January 2016.
A workshop aimed at helping secondary school teachers develop garment construction and sewing skills which they can pass onto their pupils was recently held. On Wednesday 22 October, the Prince visited the workshop to discuss the project with participants and was delighted to receive hand-embroidered scarves from both Kendall and Ashleigh. He was accompanied by journalist and talent scout Sarah Mower MBE and Lady Burlington, who is an influential member of the British Fashion Council.
The aspiring designer continued: “My college course has given me so many opportunities to take part in live projects, learn interesting techniques and showcase my work within the industry. Meeting Prince Charles and the other VIPs was amazing and the Prince was easy to talk to.”
Former Glasgow Clyde College Fashion Textiles student Ashleigh Lindsay has recently graduated with a degree from the Glasgow School of Art and was delighted to be asked to design a scarf for the Prince. He was surprised and grateful to receive the scarf, which featured an embroidered stag’s head.
The 23-year-old, who specialises in hand embroidery and is about to launch her own business with the help of The Princes Scottish Youth Trust, said: “Meeting Prince Charles was a surreal yet amazing experience and it was great to be able to speak to him about something we are both passionate about. Studying at Glasgow Clyde College has really brought me out of my shell, both as a person and as a designer.”
Workshop participant Victoria Whitehead, who graduated from London’s College of Fashion after originally completing her course at Cardonald College (now Glasgow Clyde College), said: “I had a brilliant time taking part in the workshops and loved being able to recap on my pattern cutting and dressmaking skills. I got to not only meet Prince Charles but also stitch a concealed zip in front of him which was amazing.”
Jacqueline Farrell – the college’s Head of School, Fashion, Textiles and Jewellery – commented: “We are really pleased with how well the workshops went. It was amazing that the Prince of Wales was able to visit and that he was so interested and enthusiastic about the progress made by the project.”
Glasgow Clyde College offers a number of textile courses. Further details about the HND Fashion Textiles course, along with a promotional film showcasing the high quality of student’s work, can be found by visiting the college website: http://www.glasgowclyde.ac.uk/courses/course-finder/hnd-textiles?_course1178