Leading high street retailer, Oasis, has chosen a collection of hand-woven fabrics by Heriot-Watt graduate, Claire McInally, for its 2010 Designer Collective.
Claire, a graduate from the University's School of Textiles and Design, said, "Heriot-Watt's Galashiels Campus has some of the best textile-based facilities in the country, I was lucky enough to be able to take advantage of these and experiment with different techniques until I found my signature style."
Claire's designs, inspired by the intricacy of origami and the angular shapes of architectural structures, were included in the New Designers exhibition in London last year, where she caught the attention of Oasis. The retailer bought four of her textiles which were incorporated into their 2010 Designer Collective and will be available to buy in its stores across the UK from May. Claire said, "It's a fantastic platform for graduates like myself to get a step up into the industry."
Heriot-Watt's Galashiels Campus has some of the best textile-based facilities in the country
Claire has recently completed a work placement with a fashion designer in Geneva. She has now set up her own label and has a studio in Glasgow, where she is currently working on a new collection.
Claire has been invited to participate in the New Designers One Year On exhibition in London where she will show her new collection.