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and it can all be done here in Scotland. With this exhibition I hope to bring some of the Harris Tweed history to people as well as surprising them as to just how fashionable tweed is right now.”


Through this exhibition, Judy hopes that bringing Harris Tweed to the high street will attract a more youthful and contemporary audience to this iconic fabric, illustrating that it does indeed have a place among modern fashion.


Emma Dolan, a Yorkshire based artist and designer also specialises in


using Harris Tweed to create


innovative works of art which capture the imagination. See an interview with her on the next page!


In an effort to attract a younger audience and new weavers of Harris


has been available through some schools and colleges since August 2010 and it is planned to be available to students in further schools and colleges in 2012.


The course covers a wide range of aspects concerning the Harris Tweed Industry,


from manufacture and


weaving to design and promotion. The course is delivered by teachers of design, Gaelic Business and by individual Harris Tweed businesses.


Tweed, the first national


qualification in Harris Tweed has been officially launched in Harris this July. Approved by the Scottish Qualifications Authority, the award


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The course is proving to be a fantastic way of keeping the Harris Tweed industry and tradition alive, passing on the origins and history of how the fabric is produced and used. The Scottish Qualifications Authority recognise that it is especially important to encourage young people to enter the Harris Tweed industry, as well as complementing the training of weavers which is currently


on-going, this course


will give students an appreciation of various opportunities available within the Harris Tweed industry in


particular.


This luxurious fabric is truly a British treasure. Continual support from established and emerging contemporary designers is once again shining a light on the Harris Tweed industry bringing it the attention it so rightly deserves. Vocational courses such as the Harris Tweed qualification can only serve to further enable this traditional craft to live on through new generations and communities.


For more information visit: www.harristweed.org www.judyrclark.com


Images courtesy of Judy R. Clarke and Anna Stassen


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