Glasgow. Textile Traditions and Transgressions: Fiber and Fashion in Scotland

Tentative Dates: July 17 - August 3, 2019
United States

Pringle Duo

Harris Tweed, tartan, Fair Isle, paisley, argyle - Scotland has a long and expressive history of textile traditions and innovations. From cloth making to pattern creation, the land, sky, and sea have inspired the eye and motivated the hand of makers for hundreds if not thousands of years. Glasgow, a city with a rich industrial past and even richer contemporary art scene, will serve as the main site for this studio based class focused on contemporary and historical textiles and fashion. You will have concentrated studio time to develop an understanding of flat-bed, silkscreen techniques and the production of digitally produced printed cloth. This textile print studio experience will allow for rigorous experimentation as well as learning a wide range of techniques, processes and material explorations. Visual research will examine systems of contemporary drawing, motivated by direct observations accessed by Scotland’s vibrant culture of contemporary and historical museums. From the home base at the Glasgow School of Art the course will take you to visit factories and studios across Scotland with a strong sense of heritage and place, such as Harris Tweed weavers, Bute Fabrics, Timorous Beasties, Paisley, Lochcarron Tartan Mill, Pringle knitwear, the National Galleries of Scotland, the Edinburgh International Fashion Fest, and the new Scottish design focused Victoria & Albert in Dundee. Visits will uncover the lineage of Scottish and UK designers proudly utilizing Scottish and UK made materials and artists and communities inspired by Glasgow and its surrounding natural beauty. You will draw on these site visits for personal and group research which will run parallel to and enhance your studio practice. The research will be translated and transferred by analog and digital processes onto cloth, which, whether for design or fine art, will be explored by investigating Scotland’s lush textile and fashion history, drinking in its landscape, and living among its people. Your work in research, experimentation, and making will be contextualized through a lens of contemporary thinking, and independent cultural practice based in Glasgow that supports an understanding of the culture of design in Scotland. The land, sky, and sea of Scotland are waiting for the next generation to translate its wonder into textiles to dress our lives.

Credits: 3 or 6 credits STUDIO (4000-level)

Fraser Taylor, Fiber and Material Studies
Caroline Bellios, Fashion Design
Dawn Gavin, Contemporary Practices

Program fee: Approx. $2,200 (including transport during the program, accommodation and some meals; not including airfare).

PLUS Tuition cost per credit:
Undergraduate—$1,613 per credit hour;
Graduate—$1,665 per credit hour.

Airfare: Budget at least $1,400 for airfare if flying from Chicago. (Note this is only an estimated figure. The actual fare will depend on many variables including airline, number of stopovers, exchange rate fluctuations, ports of departure and return, and date of ticket purchase).

Online registration begins: March 13, 2019

Deposit due at registration: $525

Information Sessions:
Wednesday, February 6, 4:15-5:15 p.m., MacLean room 707
Thursday, February 7,  12:10-12:50 p.m., Sullivan Center room 701
Tuesday, February 19, 4:15-5:15 p.m., Sharp room 903