Jane has designs on railway

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Design student Jane Fleming will create a permanent art installation for the Borders Railway after winning a competition run by Transport Scotland.

Jane, 23, was up against fellow students from the Heriot-Watt School of Textiles and Design in Galashiels to win the commission for a lasting piece of art or design to decorate the new railway stations, which opens next September.

Her entry to the contest was unveiled as the winner by the now former First Minister Alex Salmond.

Jane, who is currently in her third year of a BA Design for Textiles course, said: “I’m extremely passionate about my work, so it’s a great honour to showcase my capabilities as a designer to the public.

“I’ve benefited enormously from the experience of working on a live project and winning the overall award is a wonderful addition to my CV.”

Mr Salmond said: “Jane’s designs, having been creatively inspired by Sir Walter Scott, will decorate the stations along the Borders railway when it opens next September – the first new railway to be built in Britain in 100 years – so she should be very proud.

“This year we celebrate Sir Walter Scott’s 200th anniversary of his novel, Waverley, and I couldn’t think of anything more appropriate than a student from the School of Textile and Design to be chosen to showcase the creativity and skill of the Scottish Borders while reflecting the region’s deep and inspiring heritage.”

Fiona Waldron, head of Heriot-Watt University’s School of Textiles and Design, said: “Not only is Jane’s work for this project a thought-provoking exploration of the themes that capture the adventure and romance of travel that is central to Sir Walter Scott’s Waverley novels, but demonstrates that the beauty and diversity of her design work can be used in a variety of scales and applications.

“We’re extremely proud of all the ideas put forward by our students for this prestigious award. However, Jane should be proud of herself for winning, having captured the brief perfectly.”

A total of 80 students submitted entries, with five of them shortlisted. Jane’s entry was chosen after impressing the panel with “her intelligent, witty and diverse references to Sir Walter Scott and the Waverley novels”.