My adventure to Hong Kong for the International Design Competition

After winning the UK heat of the  Society of Dyers and Colourists International Design Competition the final was to take place in Hong Kong at the beginning of December.  It was a busy time as I’m now in my final year at DJCAD and the week I returned was to be the assessment and presentation week.  It was so exciting though, the itinerary was very full and Angela at the SDC had kept us well informed of all that was happening, so it was a cold -5 degrees and very frosty morning Jim and I set off for Glasgow Airport to catch the first leg of our flight to Dubai.  IMG_1922

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Landing in Dubai where it was warm and very busy and here was our next plane to Hong Kong

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very many Emirates planes all in rows!!

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and rows

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and more rows

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good bye Dubai and hello Hong Kong

with an eight hour time difference and no sleep we were extremely sleepy by now

but we met with Tracy from SDC who is the Marketing and Communications Director

at the airport and made our way to the hotel

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huge docks with row after row of shipping containers

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all amazing colours

Our hotel The Royal Pacific and Towers

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After settling in to our room

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we had a quick change and then met some of the group for our

evening meal at a local restaurant where I soon learned that if I was

to eat I had to master  chop sticks

After eating we went for a walk with the group to see the laser light

show, the colours and the reflections in the water were incredible

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My little camera didn’t do them justice

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dancing lights!

After a little sleep and a great breakfast the group met to go and

visit Central Textiles, yarn and denim specialists.

Central Textiles in  Zhanjiang a city in China spins the yarn

and this is sent onto Hong Kong for dyeing with indigo.

They produce 9.4 million lbs a month and create 3 million yards of denim for

the clothing companies such as Gap Abercrombie and Fitch, Levis and Guess

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This is their VSEP treat system

Vibratory Shear Enhance Process

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Yarn is spun in China

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indigo dyeing

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indigo dyed floor

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washing the yarn

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testing area

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the Vibratory Shear Enhance Process

is a filter system so the water can be reused in the dyeing process

and the excess indigo is collected and reused too

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at Central Textile sales office listening to how the

cloth is used

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special finishes

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some of the Hong Kong skyline and buildings
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Quick change then off for the evening on the Star Ferry
We are going to the Peak !!!!
via a tram but before that we walk a bit and catch a bus
a great way to see the sights
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me above and Jim below
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Fabulous food in the Cafe Deco restaurant
looking out over Hong Kong
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Final day was spent at the CITA in Hong Kong where the  SDC conference was taking place, and
also the presentation to the judges of the students work by the students.
The competition judges were Vincy Cheng, Fashion Communications Manager at The Woolmark Company in Hong Kong,
Dr Joshua Law, Programme Director at CITA in Hong Kong, and Chris Sargeant, Chair of the SDC Board of Trustees.
After presenting we laid out the work for all at the conference to see to see
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here is the lovely wife of Dr Sanjiv Kamat the SDC President
modelling my fabric.
Below my certificate which was awarded at an incredible feast of a celebration meal
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Birds nest soup – just one of the 13 courses!!!

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Above are the only images I have at present of the ceremony
sdc certificate
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Above the Veronica Bell trophy.
The trophy is in honour of the late Dr Veronica Bell, (an SDC past-president) to acknowledge excellence in the field of colour and design.
My time in Hong Kong was filled with spectacular culture and sightseeing, business and information. I met nine of the most remarkable designers from around the world, it was an incredible experience added to that, the opportunity to meet, hear and connect with industry experts and make new friends from all over the world. Finally I want to say a great big thank you to everyone involved, to Clariant, sponsers of the event, to the SDC for giving me this incredible experience, especially Tracy Cochrane the Marketing and Communications Director at SDC who looked after us so incredibly and to everyone at Society of Dyers and Colourist from the CEO Graham Clayton to Angela in the head office keeping us all organised by email ~ THANKYOU 🙂
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