8 hours to save the planet - saw survival meet the circular economy as students worked to turn left over textiles from the Glasgow Commonwealth games into a range of survival shelters, grab bags & tools. This video provides a snap shot of the activity:

Documentation of a survival-themed sustainable textiles project led by Shirley McLauchlan at Innovative Learning Week, Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh in February 2015. Film created by Lucas Nightingale, Technical Assistant - Landscape Architecture, University of Edinburgh

Film credit: Lucas Nightingale

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passitonJust back from the pass it on event in Glasgow. Supported by Zero Waste Scotland and Love your clothes this event is all about swapping, repairing and upcycling.

With a swap shop, vintage and re-use fashion show and workshops it was a great event to be involved with. 

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A little mention for the christmas stockings in the Scotland on Sunday. Not too late to order yours!


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Myself and Kitty were delighted to attend the Herald Fashion Awards in Glasgow. My research was highlighted as part of the event.

herald fashion


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As you may know, Shirley is a lecturer at the Edinburgh College of Art and her students have recently started a project in collaboration with Jutexpo, the UK's leading ethical bag supplier.

The undergraduate students are designing a range of bags with an ethical/sustainable focus to be judged competitively, in two categories, by Jutexpo.

Each student is designing a "bag for life" for a charity of their choice.

Textiles students and their chosen charities Images courtesy of Textiles students

Textiles students and their chosen charities. Images courtesy of Textiles students.

Durable textiles are a passion for Shirley McLauchlan who's acclaimed hand stitiched goods feature on this web site.

"We're delighted to be working with ECA for the second time on this exciting project. I'm looking forward to some innovative, structured designs that really capture the best aspect of the chosen charities".
Sam Turner, Compliance Director at Jutexpo



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