Craft is Knowledge

Changes are coming to Duncan of Jordanstone.  This happens every 5 years within educational establishments and the last few months have been a busy time for tutors, lecturers and those who involved with writing new modules and programme reviewing.  I was amongst some of the students who attended workshops to help those planning the review and last week was also interviewed by a group of external reviewers from around Great Britain.  This was very scary but also a huge step in boosting confidence that has been a little low of late.

Textile Design, Jewellery Design and Interior and Environmental Design are to be grouped together under a new umbrella – Design and Craft, this is a very  exciting time with the hope that some projects could possibly run side by side and give design students a chance to see how the other areas work through sharing ideas.  New modules are also to be introduced but at present nothing has been confirmed.  I  feel its very forward thinking of the University to put Craft in our title.  Craft is knowledge, its knowing a skill inside out. Duncan of Jordanstone has always been forward thinking and are the only university to offer Design Studies looking at designing for the future, teaching us the importance of networking for business, giving us the opportunity of finding our stage on the world wide web and  giving us the opportunity to research now, not just at Masters level. This together with the practical craft skills we are learning will give us great strength when we graduate.

For the Programme Review day a selection of my work was on display for all to see – I was so thrilled. Its from my trend forecasting project – Stripes of the Sea and includes pages from my sketch book and samples of my printing. Context for this project is for one off pieces to be hung in corporate offices, gallery work and as installations – hopefully this is just the start!



During textiles in practice I had a class with Sara Keith who showed us her amazing samples that she’s worked on over the years and uses in talks and classes.  Shibori is one of Sara’s specialties and it was some of her samples which inspired me to create these – now I do realise that these are very simple in comparison to Saras’ but its a start and also a technique I want to look into further.  These were done with habotai silk, they were pleated with a Princess Pleater, the stitches pulled up and then acid dyes were then sponged onto the cloth.  I steamed these at home using a vegetable steamer for 40 mins and  I think they worked out really well.

I left some of the stitching in the bottom one, just for the effect and to demonstrate how its done.  I also heat set part of the fabric – where the crinkles are, these should be permanent.

Whilst researching I came across Michelle Griffiths a shibori artist, do have a look her creations they are beautiful, like pieces of sculpture – I now want to meet her, talk to her and take one of her classes,  now!


Below – shibori I made whilst at Dundee College the first was created with thread stitched in a circle and then pulled tight, secured and then dip dyed in procion dye.

This one was created by wetting the fabric , folding and wrapping around a tube, threads were also wrapped around and then dye was sponged on,the piece was covered with cling film and left overnight.

time for a little colour

my lovely watercolours – my 50th birthday present

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ok now I’ve just had enough of winter and all this white stuff!  Time to inject a little colour into your day, my chosen subject to take further for my degree  just has to be print!   I love it I LOVE IT – really it is amazing – I walk past the print room and I just want to go in and make fabric, I’ve enjoyed knit and I really like mixed media  and I can still carry on and do those in my own time but for my specialising it has to be PRINT.  When I go to the dye lab with my mask and gloves I just get really excited to see what I can create with all the ingredients and then once you lay out the silk onto the print table I can’t wait to make marks with the dye, sponges and screen and then with the discharge paste – its exciting very very VERY!!!

I took a series of photos when I was doing my textiles in practice print week and thought I’d share them here with a little video …. let me know what you think 🙂


and below are some of the finished silk pieces now washed and ready to use

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all designs are copyright Judy Scott 2010