CAT archive prints on display at Building Scotland 1945-1985 exhibition

Calyx by Lucienne Day

Calyx by Lucienne Day

Glasgow School of Art’s Centre for Advanced Textiles produces printed fabrics using beautiful prints from the design archives of Lucienne Day, Lana MacKinnon, and GSA’s very own Robert Stewart and Sylvia Chalmers as part of their Classic Textiles range (see our previous blog post about how the Sew Last Century! textiles group have been inspired by Sylvia’s designs in our archives).

Lucienne Day’s ‘Calyx’ and Robert Stewart’s ‘Otter Ferry’ from the Classic Textiles collection will be on display this Friday, 12th July, at the opening event of the photo exhibition “Building Scotland 1945-1985” at the Glasgow City Heritage Trust. There will also be short talks by Ross Brown, architectural historian Nick Haynes and Alan Shaw from CAT, with drinks and nibbles, for free.

RSVP at or on 0141 552 1331

Glasgow City Heritage Trust

54 Bell Street, Glasgow, G1 1LQ

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Otter Ferry by Robert Stewart

Otter Ferry by Robert Stewart

Sew Last Century! at the The West End Festival

A while ago now, but we thought you might like to see a few snaps of the Sew Last Century troopers take part in Glasgow’s West End Festival Parade, which took place a few weeks ago. The girls looked fab in their very own designs inspired by GSA Archives and Collections’ Sylvia Chalmers sketches, designs and textiles. And look, sunshine!


For more information about Sew Last Century!’s work with the Archives and Collections Centre, see our previous blog post.

Sew Last Century!

P1040629The Studio, a designing, making and textiles club for 10-18 year olds in Glasgow, has teamed up with the GSA Archives and Collections for an exciting 15th month project called ‘Sew Last Century!’. Funded by the Heritage Lottery Young Roots programme, the project will enable 60 young people from Glasgow to explore the Textiles heritage of their city, learn some heritage skills, and create their own designs based on the treasures they find in the GSA archive.

P1040790The project began this month with a behind the scenes tour of the archive and a chance to view and sketch from the work of 1950s textiles graduate Sylvia Chalmers.

P1040892The ‘Studioettes’ loved seeing Sylvia’s work – from student sketchbooks, painted designs and fabric samples, to professional screen printed cloth – and filled their own sketchbooks with ideas to take back to The Studio HQ in Partick. Since then, the ‘Studioettes’ have been hard at work turning their research into costumes for Glasgow’s West End Festival Parade.

P1040821The Studio is run by two former GSA Textiles students Lynsey Wells and Jen Olley and is supported by the charitable company In The Making Glasgow.  For more information contact