Student Rachel’s Bute Fabrics tartan success

Student Rachel Evison with two of the tartans she created during a work placement with Bute Fabrics.
Student Rachel Evison with two of the tartans she created during a work placement with Bute Fabrics.

A contemporary tartan designed by a student during a work experience placement with Bute Fabrics has won a place on the Scottish Register of Tartans.

Rachel Evison, a textile and design student at Heriot-Watt University in Galashiels, created the design for Ashers of Nairn, a bakery firm based in the Moray town, during a summer placement with the island firm.

She won her placement after taking first prize in an industrial project arranged by Heriot-Watt staff. Working in conjunction with university lecturers and the design team at Bute Fabrics, students were tasked with resolving a design challenge that the company faced.

James Sprint, Bute Fabrics’ managing director, said: “We like to give younger people the chance to fully express themselves. Giving Rachel a free hand to design what she wanted and putting forward her ideas, undiluted, to our client was highly rewarding for both Rachel and us.”

Bute Fabrics diversified into tartan production in 2012 and now produces a range of fabrics for local and off-island businesses in addition to its existing range of wool-rich upholstery fabrics and throws.