Design and Manufacturing workshop April 2014
We welcomed our colleagues from the Harris Tweed Hebrides and the Harris Tweed Authority to our campus In Galashiels last week to participate in a series of workshops reflecting on the design process, considerations for manufacturing and fabric embellishment; the week also included a number of visits to local mills.
The group kicked off the week with a series of workshops addressing the design process, research, sketch to toile and prototyping for apparel; this prompted a lively and interesting Q&A session. Design for interiors and accessories also featured heavily in our sessions with plenty of actions identified for development.
A workshop on manufacturing and all that it entails provided some excellent feedback from both Harris Tweed Hebrides and the Harris Tweed Authority; “it’s a really interesting topic, I would like to learn more.” Ruth Macdonald, Retail Manager.
“QC for label production is relevant to the Authority” Kristina Macleod, HTA.
Visits to Mills and makers were well received with an especially entertaining visit to Yvette Jelfs at Noble Headwear.
Johnstons of Elgin in Hawick, Lochcarron and Robert Noble also provided another insight into good practice within retail and manufacturing environments.
On our last morning a short session on fabric embellishment focussed on Laser etching and cutting, along with digital print and included some exciting samples to take home.
Having thoroughly enjoyed the experience, the team at Harris Tweed Hebrides are already looking forward to the next workshop in June.
Watch this space