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Tools, Design & Innovation: Lessons from the Master Weavers
Thu 1 December 2016, 14:00 – 15:30 GMT
Dr Dan Coughlan, Curator of Textiles at the Paisley Museum & Art Gallery will explore examples through the ages of the impact of tools on textile design and manufacture. Fi Scott, founder of MakeWorks (online manufacturing directory) and passionate about making in Scotland, will share her extensive knowledge gained through visiting and filming contemporary textiles, leather & fashion companies in Scotland.
World-leading innovation in textiles by the Paisley weavers grew from their exceptional skills & enthusiasm for developing new weaving structures, and pushing the boundaries of what was technically possible to produce on the loom. Featuring stunning examples of pattern books, samples and tools from the Museum collection, this event will provide students and staff with fascinating insights into the working practices of the master weavers and inspiration for their own creative development.
Drawing on his own experience as a weaver Dr Coughlan has a wealth of practical knowledge to share with textile students and STAG in partnership with Paisley 2021 are delighted to have this opportunity to feature this event in the STAG 2016/17 Masterclass & Events Programme.
Please note: we expect high demand and there are very limited spaces for this event, if you book and your plans change please let us know. This event is only open to students and staff from STAG member institutions.
If you have any questions about this event please contact Sally Maidment, Education Engagement Coordinator on firstname.lastname@example.org or on 0141 2720636.
Biography: Dan Coughlan, Curator of Textiles, Paisley Museum
Dan trained and worked as traditional handloom weaver in Ireland before going on to study textile design at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin. He completed his studies with a Post-Graduate Diploma in Textile Design at the Scottish College of Textiles, Galashiels, (now Heriot-Watt Border Campus). In his current post as Curator of Textiles in Paisley museum, he looks after the world-famous collection of Paisley shawls, pattern books and sample books, which is a Recognised Collection of National Significance. He has extended this collection to include a number of historic handlooms and other equipment related to the traditional hand weaving industry. He has researched nineteenth century hand weaving technology and design, and was awarded a PhD by the University of the West of Scotland for his doctoral thesis on the draw loom, used for the weaving of Paisley shawls. email@example.com
Biography: Fi Duffy-Scott, MakeWorks
Fi is a manufacturing geek, designer and founder of Make Works. Frustrated at not knowing where to get things made, Make Works started factory finding in Scotland in 2012 and have since visited, interviewed, filmed and photographed over 200 manufacturers, material suppliers and workshop facilities - that are all too often hidden away in industrial estates or difficult to find online. Manufacturers listed by Make Works include textiles manufacturers - from individual weavers to large knitwear factories or yarn dyers. The core focus of Make Works is making these manufacturers easier to access, providing an open access directory with in-depth information, photography and short films.
The project has been featured in the likes of Core77 and WIRED Magazine. In 2015 it was named as one of the most important uses of a .uk domain by the Nominet Trust.
Before founding Make Works, Fi was trained as a product designer at Glasgow School of Art, and has worked as a designer-maker in Philadelphia, Brooklyn and Scotland.