Textiles: Guild / Education Exchange Grants

The Journal for Weavers, Spinners & Dyers is pleased to announce a new grant scheme to foster the exchange of skills and knowledge between Guilds of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers and UK Universities and Colleges involved in textiles.

Today’s textile students are all potentially future Guild members and Journal readers. They can benefit from the considerable expertise that Guilds have to offer. Equally, Guilds can get an insight into current issues and trends in textile design through engagement with educational institutions and their students.

Although applications will only be accepted, and funding provided, via Guilds that are members of the Association of Guilds of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers, we are keen to make Universities and Colleges with textile departments aware of the scheme so that they can form or strengthen their links with local Guilds and consider what sort of activity might be mutually beneficial.

Further details
Guilds will be invited to apply for a grant from the Journal for educational work to cover expenses such as travel, materials and tutors’ fees.
In total, the Journal has up to £500 in grants available, which could potentially support a number of projects.

Proposed activity might, for example, include
• Demonstration and discussion of specific weaving techniques with examples from staff, students and Guild members.
• A spinning demonstration and workshop provided by the Guild for students. A talk for the Guild by students on some of the yarns, materials and processes they have been using.
• A one-day workshop on a specialist dye technique for Guild members and students using expertise from the Guild and facilities at the university. Techniques might include use of natural dyes, warp painting, ikat, wax resist and so on.

These are just examples however: we expect proposals that are relevant to the particular interests and skills of Guilds and the educational institutions they will be working with. The proposed activity must take place during the period February – June 2013.

If you don’t already have Guild contacts, you can find a list of Guilds at

Information about the grants scheme and how Guilds can apply will be published in the Autumn issue (243) of the Journal.

The Journal is the magazine of the Association of Guilds of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers. Published quarterly, it covers a wide range of textile subjects, including articles on historic textile techniques and cutting edge modern design. We offer reduced subscription rates to both educational institutions and individual students.

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