Live project with industry

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Our third year BA (Hons) Design for Textiles (weave) students have been working on a live project* with Cotton Incorporated. The project was looking at innovative combinations of colour and woven structures, involving new research into digitally printed warps.

Yvonne Johnson, Senior Director – Product Development and Seth Winner, Technical Manager – Wovens, of Cotton Incorporated, visited the School from their headquarters in North Carolina to judge the textiles; they also gave a fascinating presentation on their roles and how they develop new ideas on the technical side of cotton. The students were shown samples of different types of cotton and what they were used for and were invited to ask questions from the experts.

When judging the work, Yvonne and Seth were looking at inventiveness as well as aesthetics and design for manufacturing.

“It was a pleasure to hear from the students about their individual projects. They showed creativity in their approach and diligence in the execution of their work.” – Yvonne Johnson, Cotton Incorporated.

The standard of work was really high and the judges complimented the students on their final outcomes. After some deliberation, the winner was announced as Erin Montgomery.

“Choosing the best piece was difficult when all of the students rose to the challenge. What drew us to Erin’s piece was a strong interaction of the printed warp to the gridded weave structure and the contemporary indigo look.” – Seth Winner, Cotton Incorporated.

All the student work will be on display in an exhibition at Cotton Incorporated’s headquarters in North Carolina and Erin’s will be included in the permanent FABRICAST (TM) collection.


Erin Montgomery with Marnie Collins
Erin Montgomery with Fiona Pankhurst

Erin is delighted with the news and can be seen above with her winning fabric. Congratulations Erin – what a huge honour.

A big thank you to Yvonne and Seth from Cotton Incorporated for their amazing support.

We’d also like to thank our dedicated staff, Marnie Collins and Fiona Pankhurst for making it happen, along with Abdulkader Nasan, Bill Douglas, Grace Smith and Roger Spark who spent a tremendous amount of time setting everything up for the students to complete this task. A huge team effort, all round.

*Funding for the project was awarded through a contribution payment presented to Heriot-Watt University by Cotton Incorporated.

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