A small team (Anne Wood, Sandra Thomson and Elaine Carswell) from the Fashion & Design programmes at Glasgow Kelvin College have found fame on their recent visit to Andhra Pradesh in India, where the national press created real interest in their visit.
The Hindu, one of the leading newspapers in India, made a feature of the faculty staff who visited the Government Polytechnic for Women in Gujjangundla as part of an exciting exchange visit to explore design and textiles. This is part of a partnership arrangement organised under the UK & Indian Education Research Initiative (UKIERI) to create collaborative working in the garment industry, with opportunities for employment and entrepreneurship at a Community College.
Anne Wood, Senior Curriculum Manager, kept a diary of the trip:,
“Both Glasgow Kelvin College and our Indian partners have learned much from each other. We are looking forward to demonstrating the skills we have learned to our own students and enhancing their learning experience.
We had great sessions with the Indian students learning new techniques and talking to them about our own students’ work and the inspiration for their design work. We visited an Aladdin’s cave full of beads, trimmings and specialist equipment and purchased lots of beautiful beads and trims for our students back home. These will be used to embellish their garments for the “Bombay Mix” design brief which both sets of students are working on.
The “Paisley Pattern” will be a major feature in the students’ designs. This is a common motif used in the brightly coloured Saris worn by our Indian hosts. The garments we all create will form part of a major design event we are having in Scotland and India in January 2016 at the end of the programme. These events will celebrate the relationships we have developed with our Indian partners and will showcase the skills we have learned as a result of the project.
Our hosts have been absolutely splendid and we can’t thank them enough for their kindness and professional support. We are looking forward to returning their hospitality when they visit us back in Scotland in September. Our trip to India has been tremendously worthwhile and we are bringing lots of ideas and skills home with us.”
Strong links in the textile design industry between India and the West of Scotland already exist through the use of the hugely popular and well-known Paisley Pattern and all partners involved are keen to capitalise on that reputation.
Plans are being formulated to develop a fertile exchange of skills and creativity in the communities of Andhra Pradesh and West of Scotland in the months and years to come and Glasgow Kelvin College is excited to play a key role in this.
Let’s hope that Glasgow can provide the same celebrity status to its visitors when they visit towards the end of the year!!