I’m a weaver with a passion for textiles, heritage and sustainability. Through my work I’ve explored advanced sportswear and performance textiles, experimented with innovative hand and digital craft techniques, and worked with communities to share the positive power of making, using technology, craft, humour and sport as participatory tools to engage audiences.

I love working with a wide range of people and making things happen; my experience as a creative practitioner spans commercial enterprise, community engagement, design research, commissions, education, and consultancy, having worked with a range of organisations such as Craft Town Scotland, Shetland Museum, Rothesay Townscape Heritage Initiative, Mother of Pearl fashion, Dundee University,  and Zero Waste Scotland.


Biography

// EDUCATION & TRAINING

2013 Volunteer Development Scotland: Coordinating and Managing Volunteers course

2012 – 2013 Academic research training programme, Glasgow School of Art

2008 NESTA Starter for 6 creative business innovation course

2004 – 2006 MA Constructed Textiles, Royal College of Art, London

1997 – 2003 First class BA (Hons) Textile Design, Glasgow School of Art

// EMPLOYMENT & EXPERIENCE

2014 Selected Artist-in-Residence with Creative Carbon Scotland: Mull Weekend Residency, thinking about Art & Sustainability, Isle of Mull

2008 - present Self-employed textile designer and researcher: Angharad McLaren Textiles

2013 Community Engagement Facilitator: Yarn Bomb Bute, Rothesay Townscape Heritage Initiative, Isle of Bute

2012 – present Visiting Lecturer in Fashion and Textiles: Glasgow School of Art

2012 Maker-in-residence: WEAVATHON, Barony Centre, West Kilbride

2010 – 2012 Lecturer, weave subject leader and design researcher: Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design (DJCAD), Dundee University

2009 – present Peer-mentor: NESTA Starter for 6 business innovation programme

2007 Weaver-in-residence: Centre for the Creative Industries, Shetland

2005 Weave designer: JJ Spectrum silk weavers, India

2004 Weave designer: Angelo Vasino, Italy

2003 Design studio assistant: Linton Tweeds, Carlisle

// AWARDS & ACHIEVEMENTS

2009 Silver plaque: Blueprint & 100% Design Award for the Most Promising New Designer

2009 The Incorporation of Weavers of Glasgow Scholarship & Scottish Arts Council Professional Development award to study ‘Backstrap weaving, Mayan textiles and Culture’ in Guatemala

2008 Grant funding from the NESTA Starter for 6 business innovation programme

2006 The Althea McNish Prize for the use of colour in textile design, RCA

2006 Distinction for MA Thesis ‘Humour and Textiles in Art’

2006 Finalist: Helen Hamlyn Design for Our Future Selves award, in collaboration with vehicle designer Joel Bridge, RCA

2003 Weave Prize, Texprint

2003 Incorporation of Weavers of Glasgow Award for Innovation, GSA

// EXHIBITIONS & TRADE SHOWS

2013 Yarn Bomb Bute! Public art trail event, Rothesay town centre, Isle of Bute

2012 – 2013 Scotland Can Make It! group show, Peoples’ Palace, Glasgow

2012 Weavathon, Barony Centre, West Kilbride

2011 Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair, Manchester

2011 Flashcraft, Pittenweem Arts Festival, Fife

2009 The Shape of Things to Come, Gin Palace Design Collective, Glasgow

2009 100% Design, London

2008 ‘Editors Choice’, Homes and Interiors Scotland, SECC, Glasgow

2007 Tent London

2007 Homes and Interiors Scotland: craftscotland showcase, SECC, Glasgow

2003 Texprint, Indigo, Paris and Interstoff Asia, Hong Kong

// WORKSHOPS, TALKS & SEMINARS

2014 Love Your Clothes workshop coordinator and facilitator, in partnership with John Lewis and Zero Waste Scotland

2014 Drop In & Darn! Participatory workshops at Highland Wool Festival for Zero Waste Scotland

2014 Hand-weaving demos at Weaving Truth with Trust launch event, Govan Church

2014 Upcycling workshop, Sustainable Clothing Action Plan event for Zero Waste Scotland/ WRAP, Glasgow Caledonian University

2013 Design in Action ‘Chiasma’ workshop facilitator, Glasgow School of Art

2013 ‘Beyond fibres: further approaches to sustainability in textile design’ lecture, Glasgow School of Art

2012 Invited speaker, ‘Owning Creativity: How Intellectual Property relates to your creative business’, Cultural Enterprise Office and Edinburgh City Council, Edinburgh

2012 Weavathon: series of talks, weaving workshops and interactive open studio events as part of 6 week community engagement residency, Barony Centre, West Kilbride

2011 Pecha Kucha, ‘If it wisnae for the weavers: from ancient craft to modern culture’, Tramway, Glasgow

2011 Invited speaker, Thistle Quilters, Edinburgh

2009 Invited speaker, This Is Central Station launch event, Glasgow

2009 Invited speaker at Scottish Arts Council event, Edinburgh

2007 Series of workshops and taster sessions on craft, inspiration and design with CCI Shetland and Shetland Islands Council Adult Learning Programme

2007 Primary school workshops in partnership with CCI Shetland, creative learning through craft in line with the new Curriculum for Excellence, Shetland

2007 Invited speaker, SWRI, Shetland

 

 
 

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