The opportunities given to students through the College’s industry links are vital in equipping them with essential work skills. Glasgow Clyde College staff Angela MacMillan, Jacqueline Farrell, Corinne McHenery and Kezia Lewis have made a difference for five HND Textiles students, whose work has won them highly sought after work placements.
Two high-profile Scottish companies, Voyage Decoration and MYB Lace, worked collaboratively with students during the year, delivering separate projects and selecting prize winners for work placement opportunities in their companies.
Students Sheryl McCulloch, Amanda Newton and Aimi Chisholm were selected as the winners of the Voyage Decoration print competition, which was run as part of the Printed Textiles unit to the first year of the HND.
Laura O’Kane, Voyage's Head of Design, commented on the impression the students had made and praised their enthusiasm and the standard of the work they produced whilst undertaking the placement. Voyage Decoration will be printing up their designs as part of the prize.
Cara Fowles and Erin McGreechin were joint winners in the MYB Lace competition run by Ayrshire-based company MYB Textiles and second year HND Textile students. Cara's winning design is shown above. MYB Lace is a producer of beautifully crafted lace and madras fabrics for the luxury interiors market and are known internationally for supplying the luxury end of the market. They recently developed an exclusive lace fabric for the retailer Hobbs and worked in collaborations with the likes of Timorous Beasties and Eley Kishimoto.
Cara and Erin each undertook a week-long placement and produced a commercially viable lace and madras design during this period. Both students benefitted enormously from their time at the company and gained a real insight into this industry. Again, both students had their designs taken into production with the possibility of inclusion in MYB's collection. Hazel Ritchie, Sales and Design Development for MYB, praised the level of ability and confidence that the students displayed at this point in their studies.