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PaisleyMake tells untold story of Paisley pattern at London Craft Week

PaisleyMake, the festival of creativity and design, is reclaiming a globally-recognised brand – the Paisley pattern – for the town that gave the design its name at London Craft Week 2017.

Luxury makers, textile experts and talented crafters and designers from Paisley, Scotland, will tell the town’s untold story as a community famed for innovation in weaving, crafting and exporting luxury goods in an inspiring exhibition.

PaisleyMake tells untold story of Paisley pattern at London Craft Week

The UK’s largest leather manufacturer, Scottish Leather Group, and seven new businesses in Renfrewshire’s business incubator InCube are collaborating with G F Smith, historic luxury paper makers of Hull, UK City of Culture 2017, Bentleys London and Charles Laurie London for a series of events and workshops during London Craft Week.

Showcasing Paisley’s textile credentials to the world is part of wide-ranging regeneration plans developed by Renfrewshire Council that will put Paisley back on the global textiles map, turbo-charged by the town’s recent bid submission to the UK Govt’s Department of Culture, Media and Sport for UK City of Culture in 2021.

Those plans are boosted by substantial international interest in the Paisley pattern archive held within Paisley Museum and Art Gallery, following the inaugural PaisleyMake festival held in August 2016 in partnership with Scotland’s national fashion and textiles organisation Scotland Re:Designed.

Jean Cameron, Paisley 2021 Bid Director, said: “Paisley is once again making its mark on the global fashion and textiles world by threading together the town’s history as the one-time centre of the global textile industry and its contemporary creative community.

“Many of the town’s fledging creative businesses have been inspired by Paisley’s impressive textile history and it is great that two Renfrewshire-based businesses, Misty Concepts and Paisley Pins, can showcase Paisley’s creative talent at London Craft Week. That’s a fantastic spotlight for any business to be in.

“Reconnecting Paisley with its global brand, the Paisley pattern, is central to some exciting regeneration plans for the town and surrounding area revolving around culture and textiles, turbo-charged by the town’s bid to be UK City of Culture in 2021.”

Chris Hunt, Director of Scotland Re:Designed, said: “Last year, PaisleyMake brought together luxury brands, designers and editors to a special unveiling of Paisley Museum & Art Galleries’ extensive collections of pattern books and shawls and this has sparked an amazing surge of interest in showcasing these original designs with new collaborations and

“Bringing Paisley’s globally recognised brand to London Craft Week 2017 is opening up the door for many more designers and makers to discover the town’s rich textile history and its modern textile and craft makers.”

For more information and the full programme, please visit paisleymake.com.

Follow PaisleyMake at London Craft Week on social media at @PaisleyMake or using the hashtags #PaisleyMake, #PM17 and #LCW2017.