Collette Paterson | The Open College of the Arts

Collette Paterson

My design experience lies across textiles, fashion, accessories and fragrance/packaging applications.

I initially specialised in woven textile design, graduating from Heriot-Watt University with a first class honours degree. I undertook an MA in Textiles at the Royal College of Art, graduating in 2009, where I won prizes for trend prediction material for WGSN and the prestigious International Flavors and Fragrances Award. I was also awarded the Marianne Straub Travel Scholarship, which enabled me to travel through China, Mongolia and Russia carrying out first hand visual research. I received a distinction for my Masters thesis on the subject of Design and Design Education in China.

My professional design experience is broad, working with various design partners in China including Invista China and Stoll, working within the design studio of French fashion house Thierry Mugler and within the International Marketing division of cosmetics and fragrance company Clarins in France. My current studio practice involves designing for textiles, fashion, accessories and perfume (concept, marketing, materials and packaging design) sectors and current clients include Thierry Mugler and Swarovski perfumes in Paris.

My recent textile work explores a range of textile techniques, led by tackling means to fuse contradictory materials and their properties, directed by visual interpretations of concepts of globalisation and flows of information around the world.

I design my own label accessories collections, focussing on intricately constructed fashion jewellery. Recent collections have centred on experiments with slotted structures using laser-cutting and etching processes, contrasted with hand-knotting. My textile accessories have sought to push an innovative technique to fuse the qualities of wool and latex to create sculptural forms. My work has been exhibited nationally and internationally including galleries and design exhibitions in Shanghai, Milan, London and Edinburgh.

I have followed a varied academic career initially as a Lecturer in Woven Textile Design at Heriot-Watt University, whilst simultaneously undertaking research into textiles for multi-sensory environments. I subsequently went on to spend more than 5 years in China as the Degree Programme Leader for Fashion Design at Raffles Design Institute – Dong Hua University, Shanghai. I also undertook the roles of Academic Coordinator and UK-China Link Tutor for honours degrees in Fashion Design, Fashion Marketing & Communication, Visual Communication and Multi-Media Design on Middlesex University and Northumbria University validated programmes in Shanghai. In addition to lecturing and supporting students through their visual work, design collections and written work, I took a key role in the validation and review of these programmes, writing academic programmes, maintaining quality and directing and developing the programmes to ensure high academic standards within a Chinese context and parity with UK degree programmes.

As well as now being an OCA Textiles and Visual Communication Tutor, I am currently a Tutor on BA, MA and MFA Textiles programmes at Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh and an Approved Lecturer at Heriot-Watt University’s School of Textiles and Design, specialising in Textiles and Design Innovation.

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