8 hours to save the planet: a cross-disciplinary sustainable textiles project by Shirley McLauchlan

smclauchlan_material  8 Hours to save the Planet aims to facilitate exchanging ideas and knowledge – with solutions shared in relation to the circular economy and survival.  The project forms part of the programme for ILW (Innovative Learning Week) at Edinburgh College of Art/The University of Edinburgh.

My research is all about exploring how to be a sustainable textile designer and how to include sustainability to my teaching at ECA. I am always on the lookout for some sort of project that will inspire and help connect sustainability with others.

Through a chance conversation with Lynn Wilson from Zero Waste Scotland I found out about about a large amount of polypropylene left over from the Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014. I pitched my idea and now I am now in the process of making it happen ….. Getting a variety of different people together and transferring knowledge/skills and experience in relation to sustainability and survival. Already I have had some brilliant conversations with a range of people from  > web designer   > artist   > adventurer   > textile student   > interior designer  and am even hoping to meet up with the Engineering Faculty of Edinburgh University on Friday.

Although this is all outside my ‘normal’ work at ECA Textile Department it does connect with my sustainability research. I have already learnt so much by just having this idea and talking to people abut the event, I can’t wait to find out what more I learn during and after the actual event!

8 Hours to save the Planet is open to all disciplines – staff, students and the public. A hands on inter-disciplinary event, food and drinks will be offered during this 1 day event taking place on the 16th February, Lauriston Place Sculpture Court at Edinburgh College of Art from 9.30-17.00.  For further information or to register please contact s.mclauchlan@ed.ac.ukMore to follow as the event happens.

Download project brief here.

SK McLauchlan, BA(hons) MA fashion/textiles
Lecturer, Edinburgh College Art


image courtesy of SK McLauchlan