Thursday, 26 April 2012

New Photos in our Flickr Gallery


We have some lovely new photos which are taken from student work we've received over the last 2 months - they've just gone live on our Flickr account today.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/sstltd/sets/72157629071005908/
There are 82 new images for you to look through - really hope you enjoy them. 

Also up there are the images of pieces which have been entered for the My Flower Garden competition - you can see these at
http://www.flickr.com/photos/sstltd/sets/72157629426691146/

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Voluntary VSO textile teaching posts available

I've just been contacted by the VSO, which is the world’s leading independent international development organisation that works through volunteers to fight poverty in developing countries. They've asked us to raise awareness of two overseas postings they presently have available to the right applicants.


VSO has been working in Ethiopia since 1997. The work of VSO Ethiopia focuses on education, working through volunteering and partnership to empower individuals and communities to realise their potential for positive and lasting change. Currently we have two vacancies for textiles and garment teaching professionals to work in Ethiopia for 12-24 months.  These roles are based in the major universities in Ethiopia. Each role requires a specialist with at least 2 years of experience teaching in a higher educational institute  as well as post-graduate qualifications  (or equivalent) in the subject taught.

These are voluntary placements and we’ll ask you to commit to 12-24 months in order to make a sustainable change and impact to development. In return VSO makes sure  volunteers are supported and volunteer financial package includes a local living allowance, return flights, accommodation, medical and travel insurance cover, national insurance contributions, visas and work permits and guaranteed holidays.

Please see below short summaries of each of the individual roles:

Professor for textile technology (textile testing and finishing), Bahir Dar, 24 months

You’ll be based at the Bahir Dar Institute of Technology and the Institute of Textile, Garment and Fashion Design working with institute staff to contribute to the improvement of the education system and university-industry partnerships. You will work with staff to develop a new curriculum and all aspects of the teaching programme for the MSc, conduct research and write funding proposals. You will also do staff training to build capacity and support the change process. You’ll have a masters or equivalent in textile technology as well as experience of teaching and training. You’ll have experience of conducting research and ideally will have professional industry experience. You’ll need to be an excellent communicator and have a flexible and proactive attitude towards work. (To apply for this role please quote Job ref: ETH0534/0003/0001).

 

Professor of garment technology, Bahir Dar, 24 months You’ll be based at the Bahir Dar Institute of Technology and the Institute of Textile, Garment and Fashion Design working with Institute staff to contribute to the improvement of the education system and university-industry partnerships. You will work with staff to develop a new curriculum and all aspects of the teaching programme for the MSc, conduct research and write funding proposals. You will also do staff training to build capacity and support the change process. You’ll have a masters or equivalent in garment technology as well as experience of teaching and training. You’ll have experience of conducting research and ideally will have professional industry experience. You’ll need to be an excellent communicator and have a flexible and proactive attitude towards work. (To apply for this role please quote Job ref: ETH0534/0002/0001).
Apply online at www.vso.org.uk/volunteer or email elizabeth.bowen@vso.org.uk for more information.

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Bead Fair at Haydock Racecourse

Gordon Halfpenny has just emailed me to let me know that his annual bead fair is running again on 29th April - a  Sunday -  at Haydock Park Racecourse. For those of you who think Gordon's name sounds familiar, he used to run a coffee and embroidery shop in Clitheroe along with his late wife.  I have very fond memories of  tea, cakes and goldwork requirements there!!
However, back to the show - it's called Beads Up North and runs 10-4 on just the one day - there is a charge to get in with the regular amount being around £3.50 with concessions for guild members etc.
Beads really aren't easy to locate at the moment and to get any sort of choice is quite rare, so if you're 'up north' over that weekend it may be worth a look.
For further details, the show has a website at http://www.beadsupnorth.co.uk/

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Exhibition in Chipping this weekend

I was at our local farm shop, when I spotted a flyer for an embroidery group called Diversity Creative Stitchers.

They are having an exhibition in Chipping at Brabins Gallery from 4th April (tomorrow!) until 29th April.  There are also spinning demos on Sundays 8th, 22nd and 29th for those of you who are interested.

Just thought it may be a good one for those of you who are local to me and who are looking for something to do over Easter - it looks like it won't be sunbathing weather!!

Brabins website with further details is at http://www.brabins-chipping.co.uk/ .  Did I also mention that they have a tea room and old fashioned sweet shop?