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Fashion festival to showcase best of Paisley

10 Aug 2016

A festival to celebrate Paisley’s textile heritage and its artists will take place for the first time at the end of August. 

PaisleyMake, a project devised by Scotland Re:Designed and Renfrewshire Council to help showcase the city’s renowned design and manufacturing, will happen over four days from 31 August- 3 September.

Situated in and around Paisley Abbey and Museum and Art Galleries, PaisleyMake is free community platform which has been put together to also help support Paisley’s bid offer to become city of culture in 2021.

The festival will feature top speakers on design and innovation including:

• Director at Scottish Leather Group, James Lang
• CEO at fashion chain M&Co, Andy McGeoch
• Jimmy Stephen-Cran, Glasgow School of Art’s fashion and textiles programme leader
• Penny Martin, Editor in Chief of The Gentlewoman Magazine
• Mark Hogarth, creative director of Harris Tweed Hebrides

The public will also be able to take advantage of origami and corsage making workshops on Saturday 3rd September as part of Renfrewshire’s Doors Open Day.

Jean Cameron, Paisley 2021 Bid Director, said: “The Paisley Pattern is Paisley’s global brand that has inspired designers both in the past and today. That’s also what inspired Paisley Make and the fantastic free speaker events with some of the fashion world’s top experts and professionals. It’s a great opportunity for anyone looking to get into the industry to make connections and develop their knowledge.

“It’s also about reconnecting the Paisley Pattern back to its hometown – Paisley – and starting a wider conversation with fashion, textiles and design experts from all over world that will help the town build connections and support the development of the commercialisation of the Paisley Pattern.”

Paisley’s unique Paisley Pattern collections – held in Paisley Museum – are a key driver for Paisley Make and the town’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021. It’s hoped the Paisley Pattern archive will enthuse a new generation of designers to work with Paisley’s global brand.

Scotland Re:Designed is a platform which helps Scottish fashion, accessory, interiors and textile designers and companies build, establish and secure new and on-going business relationships with media, buyers and consumers.

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