Five recent Heriot-Watt fashion and textiles graduates have taken part in a Scottish Parliament event celebrating the work and roles of livestock keepers around Scotland.
Livestock Keepers is a talking science project funded by the Scottish Government (OCSA) and the Moredun Foundation and has been conducted in collaboration with The Crown Estates, James Hutton Institute, Crofting Connections, Harris Tweed Authority and participating Livestock Keepers from across Scotland.
The project tells the stories of people who keep livestock and highlights the role of livestock in supporting a range of diverse rural industries across Scotland, including food and drink, wool and textiles and tourism and the arts. Livestock also play a significant role in biodiversity and the environmental and cultural heritage associated with remote rural communities.
Scotland and wool
The theme for which the Heriot-Watt students were chosen was ‘Scotland and wool’. BA Hons Fashion graduates Beth Johnston, Scott Miller, Thomas Chalmers and Ruth Clelland mounted a show of their degree collections at the Parliament and BA Design for Textiles graduate Alexandra Pearce showed her degree show designs.
Scottish photographer Kevin McCollum collaborated on the project and some of his images, including shots of the graduates work taken at the Scottish Borders Campus, were on display at the Parliament.