Guest blog: Paisley Make will reconnect town with its global brand
Paisley is a fantastic town that inspires makers both in the past and present. Its biggest asset – the Paisley Pattern – is our global brand but not everyone knows it’s called Paisley after our town. Reconnecting the town with our famous pattern is what’s behind a brand new four-day festival Paisley Make. It’s the start of a wider conversation with makers all over Scotland, the UK and the world. It will help the town build connections and support the development of the commercialisation of the Paisley Pattern.
Paisley Make will put Paisley on the fashion and textile map and there are plenty of growth opportunities that will emerge from this first event. Movers and shakers from the world of design, manufacture and education – even as far away as Hong Kong - will come to Paisley to look at innovation in the town and globally – many of whom haven’t been in the town before. The conference – organised by Scotland Re:Designed – is about putting Paisley back in the international spotlight just like it was when the town’s weavers first started making the Paisley Pattern shawls.
The conference is an opportunity for local makers and businesses to develop partnerships with educational establishments like Glasgow School of Art and Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design that will create opportunities for young people wanting to get into creative industries. There are also brilliant opportunities with Maklab and InCube, Renfrewshire’s own business incubator.
We’re also excited to have Scottish Leather Group – who have premises in Paisley and Bridge of Weir – are right behind Paisley Make. They provide leather for the interiors of Aston Martin cars and many other top name brands. They are a global company based right here in Renfrewshire and it’s fantastic they can be a key part of this conference.
If there was one thing that makes the conference a little bit different, over and above developing the Paisley Pattern as a commercial product for the town, it would be the open-to-all events on the Saturday. Yarn bombing will be absolutely amazing to see as everyone makes their piece of knitting to create something spectacular plus lots more as part of Doors Open Day.
Events in Paisley and Renfrewshire are key opportunities to develop our reputation as a place of heritage, history and creativity. We have so much to offer but we stopped believing in our town. It’s time that we reclaimed our pattern and showed the world why our town was great and why it can be great again.
Check out Paisley Make today!