Shirley McLauchlan


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Textiles/sustainability/craft/teaching methods/conservation Circular economy

Personal profile


Shirley Mclauchlan studied Textiles at The Glasgow School of Art and St Martins London. She was a partner in the successful print studio Kim Clark Design in London designing collections and selling prints internationally for over twelve years.

On return to Scotland in 1997 she set up her her own practice designing 'Modern Family Heirlooms' working with a range of clients.

Her design philosophy is embedded in sustainability. She strives to work as a commercial, sustainable designer making pieces that are valued and 'tell a story'.

She has been lecturing part time at Edinburgh College of Art - School of Design Textile dep since 1999 ESALA(Edinburgh school of landscape architecture) since 2014.

She was an ambassador for ZWS (Zero Waste Scotland) working to engage education and design within the circular economy from craft to designer.
Her research at ECA has resulted in presenting academic papers and facilitating workshops/exhibitions questioning the role of design and the environment. Plate 2015 Circular Transitions 2016 and Plate 2017.

She is the published author of 'Girls Get Stitching' 2013


BA (hons) Textiles Glasgow School of Art

MA Textiles St Martins School of Art

Education/Academic qualification

textiles, Master of Design, MA Printed Textiles Fashion, St Martins

4 Aug 198310 Feb 1984

Award Date: 10 Feb 1984

External positions

Tutor, Future Textiles

27 Sept 2019 → …

Invited designer / Remantle and Make feasability study 2017, Glasgow School of Art

6 Jan 201717 Mar 2017

Founder, Makecircles collective

22 Mar 2015 → …


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