As Paisley waved off its bid for UK City of Culture 2021, the bid documents themselves were all given a unique twist.
Artists, designers and groups with links to the town were invited to design bespoke front covers for the documents.
Bound with thread donated from Coats, the company to whom Paisley’s fortunes were tied and which is still a global force, each has its own Paisley inspired design.
As they are handed over to the judging panel of the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport who organise the competition, we can reveal the inspiration behind some of the 25 covers.
Read Dyane Lanez's story below.
Dyane Lanez is the owner of luxury children’s knitwear brand Tout Petit and says she took inspiration for her striking Paisley pattern design from the bold colours of the town's 2021 UK City of Culture logo.
The 41-year-old, who sells her hand made blankets and other nursery accessories mainly online, said: “The bid colours are so eye catching and everyone now recognises them.
“I wanted to use the iconic symbol of the Paisley pattern too and got the embroidery and thread and combined it into a one-off piece of fabric that I’ve knitted.
“I wanted it to be exciting and tactile and represent the many exciting aspects of Paisley’s history and the history of weaving and textiles in the town.”
Dyane, who is Paisley born and bred but moved back home after a stint in London, added: “I always saw myself coming back, especially now when it’s a really exciting time. I think what’s been done with the bid so far is beyond what everybody envisaged and is constantly growing.
“It’s great to see lots of the old buildings get projects and proposals in. My dad’s an architect so it means a lot to our whole family. We all feel a strong bond to the town and it’s gone through a bad patch so people are excited to see a spark here.”
Dyane, whose knitwear firm was supported by InCube, Renfrewshire Council's incubator group for new businesses, said: “That was a great way of building up my business and giving me confidence. Running your own business can be a bit isolating. Since I had their help I’ve been shortlisted for two new business awards in London, including rising stars to watch.
"I think a winning bid would help creative companies like mine go from strength to strength."