Speyside woolmill gears up for its first textile design competition

A NEW TEXTILE DESIGN award from the Knockando Woolmill in Moray will be announced at the annual ‘Scotland Re-Designed’ presentation next month.

The annual Runway and Awards presentation is to be held during the Edinburgh International Fashion Festival on Thursday, November 9.

The competition by the Speyside Woolmill seeks to uncover the best of new textile design talent, inviting current students and recent graduates to submit innovative, contemporary designs that push boundaries.

A shortlist of six entries will be presented to the stellar judging panel, which features renowned names in fashion and textiles. These include Fleet Bigwood, pathway tutor for the MA Textiles for Fashion at Central Saint Martins and who has provided print design consultations for brands such as Stella McCartney, Donna Karan, Lee Alexander McQueen and Louise Wilson. Alistair O’Neill.

Also on the panel is Fabio Piras, course director at Central Saint Martins who brings 20 years of international industry experience, enjoying a successful career in both creative direction and consultancy for luxury fashion brands in Europe and China.

Interior Decorator, lifestyle and luxury consultant Rachel Meddowes will judge alongside design duo Clements Ribeiro, known for their feminine designs, bold prints and luxurious knitwear.

As well as the winner receiving £500, the winning design will be produced commercially by Knockando Woolmill and sold with custom labelling featuring the designer’s name.

The event, being held at SWG3 in Glasgow, is the first collaboration between the Edinburgh International Fashion Festival and Scotland Re:Designed.

A showcase and runway featuring luxury knitwear produced will precede the award ceremony.

The shortlist was chosen by a judging panel including James Sugden OBE, who has worked in the industry for over 50 years and is Chairman of Campbell’s of Beauly, Anna Freemantle, director of the Edinburgh International Fashion Festival, and representatives from Knockando Woolmill.

Anna Freemantle described the competitions as: “A hugely exciting opportunity for young and relevant creativity and innovation to be implemented into an old functioning mill and its traditional, existing design.”