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Ms. Shirley McLauchlan

Lecturer - Textiles

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Willingness to take PhD students: Yes

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

Area of Expertise

Research expertiseSustainable design.


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

Research activities & awards

  1. Consultancy for Apt Cavalier

    Activity: Consultancy typesConsultancy

  2. Knitwise Community workshop

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

  3. Dong Hua University

    Activity: Visiting an external institution typesResearch and Teaching at External Organisation

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