Design in a sustainable Scotland

Thursday 14 November 2019 from 18:30 to 20:00
Dovecot Studio Edinburgh

 Thursday 14th  November  6.30 to 8.30pm Dovecot Studio Edinburgh open for viewing from 5.30pm

Design in a sustainable Scotland: how do we walk more lightly on the earth by design and use of materials? With an Expert Panel bringing international perspective to the debate in Scotland, join us to discuss the potential of material, community and the circular economy in designing a sustainable Scotland.

Robin Harper, first Member of the Scottish Parliament to represent the Green Party, opens our Talk.


Lynn Wilson – Circular Economy Consultant on ‘Design and the Circular Economy’

Trish Belford – Senior Research Fellow University of Ulster on ‘Linen Lace Concrete’

John Ferguson – The East Africa Sisal Company Ltd on ‘Sisaltech insulation’

Marnie Collins – Assistant Professor, Textile Design, HWU School of Textiles and Design on ‘Textile and Community’

Lynn Wilson

Lynn Wilson is a circular economy consultant and thought leader specialising in the apparel and textiles sector. Lynn is an enthusiastic public speaker and guest lecturer in academic institutes including Glasgow University and Imperial College, London; in September 2019 Lynn delivered her TEDx Bath talk about the future of fashion and the circular economy. Trained in fashion and textiles design at Dundee and Nottingham Trent Universities, Lynn is a former Winston Churchill Memorial Trust fellow (2015) conducting research in Japan. From 2013 to 2017 Lynn was part of the pioneering Circular Economy team at Zero Waste Scotland working to develop circular business models. Lynn founded Circular Economy Wardrobe in 2017, a non-profit organisation, set up to engage consumers in circular clothing systems. Lynn is a PhD candidate at the Adam Smith Business School, Glasgow University funded by the Economic Social Research Council (ESRC) and sponsored by the Ethical Consumer, Closing the Loop: Driving Circularities in Consumer Clothing. Lynn is a partner in the United Nations Consumer Programme led by Consumer International and delivering on UN Sustainable Development Goal 12 and is a non-executive director of Architecture and Design Scotland

Trish Belford

Trish Belford is Senior Research Fellow at the Art and Design Institute, University of Ulster in Belfast with an interest in material innovation. Trish has straddled the worlds of academia and commercial innovation since graduation, establishing Belford Prints in 1986, a 30-strong textile company in London supplying the high-end fashion market including Vivienne Westwood and Jasper Conran. With the support of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (2007) and later the Leverhulme Trust (2011), Trish has explored the development of weave for use in hybrid textile and concrete wall panels. Collaborating with Ruth Morrow, Professor of Architecture at Queen's University Belfast, a small spin off company called Tactility Factory was established in 2005 informed by their respective backgrounds in fashion and architecture and a driving interest to blend skills, materials, cultures and technologies to create a more human and tactile architectural surface. Her Linen Lace Concrete wall panels were engineered in collaboration with MYB Textiles Scotland.

John Ferguson

John Ferguson is a Social Entrepreneur motivated to tackle climate injustice through ethical business and international development. He is a graduate of the Scottish Agricultural College with a Masters in Tropical Agricultural Development from Reading University and a former Enterprise Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. John has spent several years working with small-scale farmers in East Africa exploring how they might trade their way out of poverty by having access to markets to sell their produce for a fair price. His focus is on sisal, a sustainable fibre crop with a huge range of environmentally friendly applications. With a Scottish base in Midlothian, The East Africa Sisal Company Limited produces strong biodegradable fabrics for a variety of environmental applications supplied to the UK market

Marnie Collins

Marnie Collins is a Assistant Professor of Textile Design at Heriot-Watt University lecturing in Woven Textile Design and Professional Practice for Design. Having graduated from Philadelphia College of Textiles and Sciences, Marnie worked as Designer and Head Colourist at Fortsmann and Co Inc, New York City studios, the third largest privately owned worsted and woollen woven fabric manufacturer in USA. After moving to Scotland, Marnie co-founded luxury wall-coverings company Decoupage in 1990, bringing particular skill in colour and pattern to design, sales and manufacture for high-end residential and commercial markets, inspired by the Scottish Borders. At Heriot Watt School of Textiles and Design Marnie has a particular interest in the relevance that provenance holds for heritage textile crafts.

Place-Making & Creative Industry

How do Craft and Design skills define a place? Can Craft and Design tradition enable new Creative Industry? Co-incident with the launch of Our Linen Stories participatory research tour in May 2018, three intriguing speakers with complementary stories representing Scotland, Ireland and The Netherlands joined an expert chair to debate these questions. Introduced by Dr John Ennis, curator Our Linen Stories and producer Journeys in Design.


Professor Jane McCann M Des RCA, M Phil, FTI

Designer, Educator and Cross-disciplinary innovator, Derbyshire and N.Ireland. While at University of Derby (1973-2003) and University of South Wales (2004-2012) Jane led educational interventions across disciplines at all levels, launched the world’s first MA Performance Sportswear Design, whose graduates are employed internationally and led cross-disciplinary research in Design for Ageing Well. Jane was awarded the 2003 RCA Mischa Black Award for Innovation in Design Education. Jane has published widely and continues to promote International Exchange and links with Industry in UK, Europe and China.

Maureen Hammond

Researcher and Illustrator, Scottish Highlands Maureen is an illustrator and PhD Candidate with University of the Highlands and Islands focusing on the textiles of 18th century Badenoch, interpreting themes of economy, innovation and identity in the central Highlands. Maureen has grown and processed Flax at An Goirtean (Gallic - the wee field of flax) at the Highland Folk Museum.

Helena Loermans

Dutch weaver and researcher, Odemira in Portugal Helena was born in the Netherlands and has lived in Portugal for more than 30 years where she owns a weaving studio, producing her own range of textiles. She was 10 years a weaving teacher for the Portuguese Rural Development Association and has hosted the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs programme. Helena is an independent researcher at LabO, Laboratory for handwoven Canvas.

Duncan Neil

Scottish Textile design entrepreneur, Upperlands N.Ireland Duncan is Creative Director at 'Earthed', a brand within William Clark and Son in N.Ireland, the world's oldest textile company; with over twelve years of UK textiles experience, he is the driving force behind this nature-inspired luxury linen brand. Graduating from Dundee University, Duncan of Jordanston College of Art and Design in 2004, his roles have included those in menswear print design, digital furnishings production and university research. 'Earthed' won 2017 Best Fabric award at BDNY, the leading event in US for Design in the leisure and hospitality industry.

Material Goods: quality and the market place

Paul Simmons of pioneering Glasgow firm Timorous Beasties and emerging independent textile designer Laura Spring discuss their experience of creating thriving studios through design innovation and quality production. Timorous Beasties (deck chair panels) and Laura Spring (picnic hampers) feature in Garden Party exhibition by Gayfield.

Paul Simmons

Timorous Beasties.

Laura Spring

Laura Spring is a textile designer.

Too Much Stuff: the ecology of Design

Leading Dutch designer Piet Hein Eek, from Eindhoven, talks about the way design thinking can create a more sustainable model of living. Introduced by Amanda Game, independent curator and Creative Adviser, Gayfield. Key works by Piet Hein Eek appear for the first time in Scotland in Garden Party exhibition by Gayfield.

Piet Hein Eek

Dutch Designer.

Amanda Game

Independent curator.

Gardens in Mind: design for health and well-being

Leading UK architect Richard Murphy OBE and Professor Annie Pollock, Director of Landscape Design and Architecture at the University of Stirling’s Dementia Services Development Centre discuss the role of landscape design in creating healthy environments. Introduced by Celine Sinclair, Chief Executive of The Yard.

Richard Murphy OBE

Richard Murphy OBE is a UK architect.

Annie Pollock

Annie Pollock is Director of Landscape Design and Architecture at the University of Stirling’s Dementia Services Development Centre.

Digital Counts: progress in design technologies

Alan Shaw of the Centre for Advanced Textiles Glasgow School of Art, and Geoffrey Mann Head of Glass at Edinburgh College of Art, discuss the role of digital tools in the development of their design process. Introduced by Josie Steed, Course Leader of Fashion & Textile Design, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen.

Alan Shaw

The Centre for Advanced Textiles Glasgow.

Geoffrey Mann

Designer and Head of Glass at Edinburgh College of Art.

Cloth and Memory: placemaking and exhibition

Leading textile curator Lesley Millar inspires on the subject of textile design in different cultures connecting us to both place and memory and Sarah Saunders, Head of Learning and Programmes at V&A Dundee, updates on this exciting new development in the Scottish Design landscape.
The conversation is accompanied by a special display of printed textiles by Professor Norma Starszakowna, innovator and educator in the field of printed textiles, based in Dundee.

Lesley Millar

UK textile curator.

Sarah Saunders

Head of Learning and Programmes at V&A Dundee.

Amanda Game

Independent curator.

The Power of Place: global makes local

Glasgow-based curator Katy West (India Street, Gayfield Summer 2014) and Edinburgh-based Architect Stuart Falconer (GRAS: architects for Gayfield Creative Spaces 2014) explore their experience of working with designers and makers from different cultures and the ways in which design can both create international links and highlight local concerns. The conversation is chaired by Dr John Ennis, Founder, Gayfield Creative Spaces.

Katy West

Curator of India Street Gayfield Summer 2014.

Stuart Falconer

GRAS: architects.

Marking and Mapping: an Edinburgh journey in Design

Chris Fleet and Anna Feintuck discuss Edinburgh’s cartographic industry, home to world-renowned mapmakers such as John Bartholomew & Son. Old maps of Gayfield itself suggest a bustling hub of light industry and creative manufacture. Learn more about maps of Edinburgh and the tales they tell, as well as those they choose to hide. Chris Fleet is Senior Maps Curator at the National Library of Scotland and Anna Feintuck is PhD researcher for the Mapping Edinburgh’s Social History initiative at University of Edinburgh.

Chris Fleet

Senior Maps Curator at the National Library of Scotland.

Anna Feintuck

Co-curator on PACE: Walking by Design.

Maker Journeys: the British Council maker library network

Architect Gunnar Groves-Raines of GRAS presents a series of completed architectural projects as well as more experimental collaborations borne out of the British Council Maker Library Network. University of Strathclyde graduates Gunnar Groves-Raines and Stuart Falconer co-founded GRAS in 2006, an architecture and design studio exploring ideas, materials, techniques and technologies all with making at its heart.

Gunnar Groves-Raines

Co-founder of GRAS.

Hubbing for Creatives: designing a creative economy

When creatives combine into hubs, their localities can celebrate their emergence and local economies can develop. We can map these collaborative facilities across Scotland and when we ‘join up the dots’ the term ‘creative economy’ starts to make sense as a national resource.
Chaired by Caroline Parkinson, independent Creative Project manager, we hear from Creative Edinburgh’s Janine Matheson and British Council’s Lynsey Smith.

Caroline Parkinson

CP Creative Project Management.

Janine Matheson

Creative Edinburgh.

Lynsey Smith

Former Director of Creative Edinburgh.

Festival Favourites: the art and design of collaboration

Edinburgh Festival luminaries Richard Demarco and Jim Haynes are joined by emerging talents Marion Preez, Katrina Corbett, Alan Brown, Pauline Sandberg, David Seel and Oana Stanchi, gathering to recollect and plan art and design collaborations. This Gayfield Twilight Talk is presented by Pecha Kucha Edinburgh: curated by Gordon Duffy, sponsored by Studio DuB, supported by New Media Scotland and Gayfield.

Gordon Duffy

Principal of Studio DuB.

Richard Demarco

Jim Haynes

African Routes: art and design reframe development

Accra, the capital of Ghana is a city transformed by outside investment but one only need scratch the surface to find an ecosystem in crisis.
Renee Neblett, Director of the Kokrobitey Institute in Ghana explores the role of art and design in this context and how local communities understand their environment in relation to the broader world, providing examples from the pioneering work of the Kokrobitey Institute and Design Centre.

This Talk honours the memory of architect and designer Alero Olympio.

Renee Neblett

Director of the Kokrobitey Institute in Ghana.

Alero Olympio