A group of students from the Access department at Borders College are learning the art of freestyle weaving thanks to Heriot-Watt School of Textiles and Design student, Silvia Marinas. Silvia is in her fourth year of the Fashion for Textiles course and is specialising in weave; ‘Skills for Independence’ students learn how to operate a Japanese SAORI Loom in order to create one-off woven pieces.
Silvia iterates that, “Freestyle weaving is not about perfection, it’s about creativity and uniqueness. There is no concept of mistake.” She added that the notion of not being able to get it ‘wrong’ is a confidence boost for her students as they know they can be fully creative and just go with the flow.
Thank you to the Heriot-Watt Annual Fund which made this project possible.