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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.

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The local patchwork and quilting group drew inspiration for their two very different designs from both near and far.

The first striking design captures the stunning stained glass East Window of Paisley Abbey while the second vibrant pattern was inspired by Japan.

Andrea Lee  from the group, which aims to keep Paisley’s textiles heritage relevant, said: “Just seeing everything that was happening and hearing about the bid inspired us. We wanted to do something.

“Our first design is the East window in Paisley Abbey so is very obviously local. The second one isn’t very Paisley because it’s Japanese, but it was done right here. Because the piece was to be in A4 size we thought it would be appropriate to do a miniatures design.

“We were delighted to be able to get involved.”

The group, which also makes ‘blankets of love’ for premature babies and covers for baby incubators, says that Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture could change the town for the better.

Group member Janice Fairfull said: “This is something that Paisley desperately needs and could help put it back on the map. I think if we get it, it will make Paisley.

“There’s so much going on here. It would be wonderful to see Paisley High Street buzzing again.”