Students to join island firm for summer internship

Competition winners, Lanya Davis and Kirsty Jack.
Competition winners, Lanya Davis and Kirsty Jack.

Two talented students from Glasgow Clyde College are set to spend a week working alongside one of the UK’s most well-known fabric design and manufacturing companies, based on Bute, after triumphing in a college design competition.

Kirsty Jack and Lanya Davis, who are both in their second year of studying BA Textiles at Glasgow Clyde College, will spend their summer undertaking an internship with the renowned Bute Fabrics. The pair have been invited to travel to the Isle of Bute to work in the company’s mill for a week, during which they will be given an insight into how the woven textiles industry works.

Twenty-year-old Kirsty, a former Kilwinning Academy pupil, explained: “We were asked to produce a woven textile and a printed textile, inspired by the Isle of Bute. For me, the key thing was getting the texture and the colours right. I was influenced by the natural surroundings of the area and tried to incorporate as much as that into my design as possible.

“I couldn’t believe it when I found out I’d been selected as the winner. Getting an internship with Bute Fabrics is a great opportunity and I’m really looking forward to learning more about how the industry works. I’m really familiar with their work and so it’s a big deal for them to give my designs their stamp of approval.”

After completing two years of study at Glasgow Clyde College, Kirsty and Lanya are set to progress to third year of the BA Textiles course at Heriot-Watt University in Galashiels. Recent graduates of the course have gone on to work for renowned fashion and interior designers including Calvin Klein, Stella McCartney and Victoria Beckham.

Former Coatbridge High School pupil Lanya said: “I’ve always been interested in fashion and I particularly like working in textiles as the different colours and textures really appeal to me. Doing this internship will be really valuable experience to me – I’m looking forward to making contacts in the industry and seeing for myself how the company works.”

The 24-year-old continued: “I put a lot of work into my designs and it was a surprise when I found out I’d been selected as one of the winners. I only started learning how to weave in August last year so this has been a huge confidence boost for me!”

Catherine Murray, Design Director of Bute Fabrics, said: “We set the brief of designing a modern, funky plaid, and textural co-ordinating plains for a contemporary hotel chain like Citizen M, to get the students to look at plaids, checks and tartans, for which Scotland is renowned, in a new and exciting way, and I am pleased to say that all the students rose to the challenge.”