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
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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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International Design Competition in Hong Kong with the Society of Dyers and Colourists

there will be a blog post all about my time in Hong Kong very soon, in the mean time here is a press release from the Society of Dyers and Colourists –

Hong Kong SDC International Design Competition

SDC International Design Competition won by Judy Scott from the UK

Judy Scott, a third year Textile Design student from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art at Dundee University in the UK, has been named the top new creative talent in the world at the grand final of the Society of Dyers and Colourists’ (SDC) annual International Design Competition at a prestigious awards evening held in Hong Kong in December 2012. The competition is sponsored by Clariant.

Judy was chosen over nine other finalists representing Australia, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Pakistan, Singapore, Thailand, Bangladesh and South Africa. All entries had to show evidence of using colour as an integral component of the design process as well as incorporating some aspect of this year’s theme of ‘fashioning colour responsibly’. It was felt that Judy’s work, entitled ‘Natures Jewels’, showed a real understanding of the brief as well as an innovative use of colour in the expression of her designs.

Judy commented: “My inspiration came from the plant and insect illustrations of Ernst Haeckel and a collection of bugs held in The University of Dundee D’Arcy Thomson museum; bright vibrant beetles all waiting to be developed into textile design. I developed my designs through mixed media, collage, photography and drawing and translated these into designs suitable for hand printing by mono and screen-printing methods. These would be further developed on the cloth and fabric choice would determine which dye methods I would implement. To keep the beauty richness and depth of the colour from my primary research, acid dyes on protein fibres would give lustre and sheen to the fabric. Colouring the cloth by hand enabled me to mix exact quantities for weight of fabric ensuring no wastage. Large-scale production using these methods could have a greater impact on the environment and I’ve looked at a number of ways of minimising this impact. Re-use and exhaust dye baths and automated dispensing are just two suggestions, both processes I adopted in the studio on a smaller scale. Results were good with the colour palette and the depth of colour achieved matching the intensity of the development work.

Receiving this beautiful trophy along with the amazing cash prize really enforces that I was so right to follow my dreams and come to study at the age of 50 and shows it is never too late to learn. The £1,000 is going into my equipment fund as I am saving to purchase a professional steamer for my print studio. This will enable me to finish my hand printed fabrics professionally in order for me to sell my designs and create accessories for fashion and interiors with confidence”.

Judy goes home with the SDC Colour Design Award 2012, £1,000 cash and 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.

Talking about her win, Judy said: “I feel very privileged and honoured to have won this beautiful Veronica Bell Trophy. My time in Hong Kong has been filled with spectacular culture and sightseeing, business and information. I have met nine of the most remarkable designers from around the world, it has been 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. Producing this body of textile designs pushed me to experiment more with layering colour on colour and was great preparation for the work I’m now undertaking in my final year for my degree show in May 2013. Finally I want to say a great big thank you to everyone involved”.
Second place went to Yumna Ali, aged 21 from Iqra University in Pakistan, who impressed judges with her submission entitled ‘Natural Dyes for Kids’. Third place was awarded to Thossapol Kerdkaew, aged 20 from Thammasat University in Thailand with his entry entitled ‘Aggressive Glamour’.

The competition, which is sponsored by Clariant, a world leader in the field of specialty chemicals, is open to undergraduates registered on fashion/textile design courses. Keith Parton from Clariant commented: “Our products enhance every aspect of modern life by providing colour and a vast array of functional effects. It is therefore a great honour to sponsor SDC’s International Design Competition which encourages the creative use of colour in fashion and textile design. The competition has shown over the years that it offers an incredible experience to the students, and acts as a great springboard into the industry. We congratulate Judy and wish all the students the very best of luck in the future”.

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.

Comments Dr Graham Clayton, Chief Executive of SDC: “At SDC we work hard with educational institutions across the world to ensure that the next generation of fashion, textile and design students has a clear understanding of colour. It is always exciting to see the competition entries and this year the standard has been incredibly high. All the finalists have worked hard and on behalf of SDC, I would like to congratulate them all on such innovative and creative designs.”

As the leading educational charity dedicated to advancing the science of colour worldwide, the UK-based SDC encourages the creative use of colour in fashion and textile design and is a committed supporter of up and coming young designers.