Bute Fabrics designer in call to next generation

Melissa Thomson, (24), will have the chance to promote career options within the textile industry among young people when she takes part in the pioneering Stitch in Time festival at Dumfries House in Ayrshire next week.
Melissa Thomson, (24), will have the chance to promote career options within the textile industry among young people when she takes part in the pioneering Stitch in Time festival at Dumfries House in Ayrshire next week.

A young designer from Bute Fabrics has issued a rallying call to encourage local secondary school pupils to become part of the next generation of those behind Scotland’s world-famous fashion and textile trade.

Melissa Thomson, who works as a textile designer for the internationally-renowned Bute Fabrics Ltd, will have the chance to promote career options within the textile industry among young people when she takes part in the pioneering ‘Stitch in Time’ festival at Dumfries House in Ayrshire next week.

The 24-year-old, whose bespoke designs are now sold internationally, will showcase her talent at the festival on Thursday, June 25, alongside some of the fashion industry’s biggest names, including professionals linked to Chanel, Prada and Vivienne Westwood, as well as Patrick Grant from The Great British Sewing Bee and world-famous designer Christopher Kane.

She said: “I was always really interested in pursuing a career in the textiles industry but it’s not an obvious career choice for young people as they just don’t know enough about it. Through my job, I’ve been able to travel internationally and have learnt how to juggle multiple projects at one time.

“I’m really looking forward to opening people’s eyes to just how exciting the industry is and how many different jobs there are available in it. ‘Stitch in Time’ event is free to attend and offers pupils a fantastic opportunity to find out more about the industry through panel discussions, practical workshops and demonstrations from industry leaders.”