Designing for Diversity

Glasgow Kelvin College HND Fashion Design students and staff were last week delighted to take part in the exciting ‘Scotland is Changing’ Conference.

Hosted by community interest group Radiant and Brighter, the full-day conference was held at RBS headquarters in Edinburgh and opened by Radiant and Brighter founder, Pheona Matovu.  Delegates were able to listen to a wide range of speakers from education, research, the third sector, the public sector, the private sector and the social enterprise sector.

The conference celebrated diversity in all its forms and the day reached a climax with the reveal of the fabulous Partnership Textile piece which Glasgow Kelvin students had been working on with Radiant and Brighter participants.

Second year Fashion Students had worked closely with service users at Radiant and Bright, supporting them to design and craft the beautiful wall hanging. Students gained valuable experience, passing on their skills to complete beginners and discussing ideas with clients from a wide range of cultural backgrounds.  Each handprint represents the participants in the project and incorporates strong cultural references.

At the Conference, Lecturer Sandra Thomson gave an interesting address outlining the inspiration behind the textile hanging and the success of the cultural experience for all participants.

The project had involved the students in research, debate and creative design thinking, all in the context of equality and diversity in the community.  As well as helping to produce a fine piece of textile design, the students also developed their own citizenship skills and thoroughly enjoyed their time with the Radiant and Brighter clients.