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Design in a sustainable Scotland

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Dovecot Studios Ltd

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Design in a Sustainable Scotland: how do we walk more lightly on the earth by design and use of materials?

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With an Expert Panel bringing international perspective to the debate in Scotland, join us to discuss the potential of material, community and the circular economy in designing a sustainable Scotland.

Our Talk commences at 6.30pm and is preceded by an opportunity to enjoy the current exhibition Our Linen Stories, open from 5.30pm with soft drinks served from 6pm.

Leading tonight's discussion are four dynamic provocateurs:

Lynn Wilson, Circular Economy Consultant, looks at the place of Design in the Circular Economy’; Trish Belford, Senior Research Fellow at Belfast School of Art, Ulster University, highlights cross-industry collaboration for ‘Linen Lace Concrete’; Marnie Collins, Assistant Professor of Textile Design at Heriot-Watt University School of Design, focuses on Textile Community in the Outer Hebrides and John Ferguson, founder of The East Africa Sisal Company, explores use of natural fibres in the construction industry.

Lynn Wilson is a circular economy consultant, public speaker and thought leader specialising in the apparel and textiles sector, in September 2019 delivering her TEDx Bath talk about the future of fashion and the circular economy. From 2013 to 2017 Lynn was part of the pioneering Circular Economy team at Zero Waste Scotland working to develop circular business models, founded Circular Economy Wardrobe in 2017 to engage consumers in circular clothing systems and is currently a PhD candidate at the Adam Smith Business School, Glasgow University.

Lynn is a partner in the United Nations Consumer Programme led by Consumer International and delivering on UN Sustainable Development Goal 12 and is a non-executive director of Architecture and Design Scotland

Trish Belford is Senior Research Fellow at the Art and Design Institute, University of Ulster in Belfast with an interest in material innovation. Trish has straddled the worlds of academia and commercial innovation since graduation, establishing Belford Prints in 1986, a 30-strong textile company in London supplying the high-end fashion market. Trish has explored the development of weave for use in hybrid textile and concrete wall panels and co-founded a small spin off company called Tactility Factory in 2005 with Ruth Morrow, Professor of Architecture at Queen's University Belfast, bringing to market 'a more human and tactile architectural surface'. Her Linen Lace Concrete wall panels were engineered in collaboration with MYB Textiles Scotland.

John Ferguson is a Social Entrepreneur motivated to tackle climate injustice through ethical business and international development. He is a graduate of the Scottish Agricultural College with a Masters in Tropical Agricultural Development from Reading University and is a former Enterprise Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. John has spent several years working with small-scale farmers in East Africa. His focus is on sisal, a sustainable fibre crop with a huge range of environmentally friendly applications. With a Scottish base in Midlothian, The East Africa Sisal Company Limited produces strong biodegradable fabrics for a variety of environmental applications supplied to the UK market.

Marnie Collins is Assistant Professor of Textile Design at Heriot-Watt University. Having graduated from Philadelphia College of Textiles and Sciences, Marnie worked as Head Colourist at Fortsmann and Co Inc, New York City studios, the third largest privately owned worsted and woollen woven fabric manufacturer in USA. After moving to Scotland in 1990, Marnie co-founded luxury wall-coverings company Decoupage, manufacturing for high-end residential and commercial markets, based in and inspired by the Scottish Borders. At Heriot Watt School of Textiles and Design Marnie has a particular interest in the relevance that provenance holds for heritage textile crafts.

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