Capital success for graduates trained in Galashiels

Heriot-Watt University's Scottish Borders Campus
Heriot-Watt University's Scottish Borders Campus

The reputation of Heriot-Watt University’s School of Textiles and Design in Galashiels for producing top performing students has been maintained after two young designers landed prestigious awards.

At this year’s New Designers exhibition in London, graduates Rachel Howarth and Amy Gair beat off competition from more than 3,000 other new graduates.

Rachel, from Aberdeenshire, was awarded The Textile Society Lucienne Day Award for her high-end interior design and art collection and Amy, from Shetland, won the Worshipful Company of Weavers Associate Prize for her woven fabrics.

The accolades are among the most important in the UK for young design talent, recognising innovative and ground-breaking work.

Mark Parker, director of studies for textiles within the School of Textiles and Design, said: “Rachel and Amy are incredibly talented designers, both demonstrating forward-thinking and cutting-edge ideas.

“I’m extremely pleased their hard work under the guidance from the textile design teaching team has achieved this level of recognition.”