Textile designer visits Lochpots for input into tartan project

Textile designer Donna Wilson and Cllr Isobel Davidson with P4 Lochpots School pupils.
Textile designer Donna Wilson and Cllr Isobel Davidson with P4 Lochpots School pupils.

An international textile designer visited Lochpots School recently to enlist the help of pupils for a project to design a new tartan.

Textile designer Donna Wilson dropped in to visit P4 pupils at the primary school and asked the children to help her in choosing the colours for a new Aberdeenshire tartan.

The Banff-born designer is creating a tartan for the area inspired by the colours of Aberdeenshire’s natural and built environment.

The new design – commissioned by Aberdeenshire Council’s Be Part of the Picture programme – will be used to create a range of products to help promote Aberdeenshire at a national and international level.

Pupils from a primary school in each of Aberdeenshire’s six areas are being given the opportunity to become involved in the project.

The lucky schools which were chosen to take part in the project are: Aboyne School, Dales Park School, Kintore School, Meldrum Primary, Mill O’Forest Primary and Fraserburgh’s Lochpots School.

Donna is based in London, but is spending time in Aberdeenshire this month to meet with pupils and help them think about the colours in their local area.

The youngsters are being asked to identify their “home colours” – thinking about which colours best reflect the part of Aberdeenshire where they live.

Each participating school will then choose only one colour to be incorporated into the tartan.

During her visit to Lochpots, Donna spoke to pupils about her work as a professional designer – a job which has seen her selling knitted products and furnishings in 30 countries worldwide.

Donna was joined on the visit to Lochpots School – the first school to take part in the scheme – by Councillor Isobel Davidson, who is the chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s Education, Learning and Leisure Committee.

Donna will return to the schools in November to find out what combination of colours and tones she will be working with for her new design.

The new Aberdenshire tartan design is due to be unveiled in January 2014.

Commenting on the visit, P4 class teacher Mrs Taggart said: “The children are really excited and enthusiastic about working with Donna to choose the colours for the tartan for Aberdeenshire.”

Designer Donna Wilson addeed: “To be a true Aberdeenshire tartan, this design needs to have input from local people to find out what are the colours which really represent the area.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to tap into the creativity and imagination of young people, getting them to think about the colours of their local area, and also to inspire them to think about the possibilities of a career in the creative industries.”

Councillor Isobel Davidson added: “As well as having the opportunity to participate in this project, young people are also getting the chance to speak to a fantastic role model and learn more about how to pursue a career in a creative industry.

“Everybody will have different ideas of Aberdeenshire’s prominent colours – and I can’t wait to see how Donna brings those six different colours and shades together in a design which reflects the diversity and beauty of the area.”

The Be Part of the Picture programme is using cultural projects to explore the unique identities of Aberdeenshire’s communities, develop the profile of the area and shape a refreshed identity for Aberdeenshire.

For more information about the project, visit www.bepartofthepicture.com

To find out more about Donna Wilson and her design work, visit her website – www.donnawilson.com