25 September 2018
Crafting Futures projects support practices and people, through research, collaboration and education. This film captures our recent Creative Textile Design workshop in Amarapura, Myanmar.
Creative Textile Design and teaching methods workshop is one of the collaborative activities between the British Council and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation. The project empowers female weavers and teaching staff at vocational schools for increased social and economic well-being and provides inclusive opportunities through design and social & creative enterprise development, revitalising Myanmar’s cultural assets.
The 20 teachers from Saunders Weaving and Vocational Institute (SWVI) and 13 weaving and vocational schools trained at the workshop. The 12-day workshop led by Paul Singleton from the Plymouth College of Art was organised in the SWVI, Amarapura. It was designed to encourage teachers to explore new thinking and approaches to learning and teaching. Paul delivered presentations on 'understanding western market styles', 'evolving local design styles to expand market opportunities', 'become an active researcher' and 'colour palettes and natural dyes' with practical sessions. The participants enjoyed the workshop because of new approaches to learning and teaching methods and creating new textile ideas using teaching aids.