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Clothing made with ocean waste, jackets tailored from landfill material and a fire extinguisher reborn as a lamp are among the exhibits to be showcased in a new free Scottish exhibition about how the design industry could help combat climate change. 


Staged by staff and students at Heriot-Watt University’s world-renowned School of Textiles and Design in the Scottish Borders, the exhibition is called Metamorphosis and opens at The Great Tapestry of Scotland visitor centre in Galashiels on Tuesday 17th January 2023.

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The Great Tapestry of Scotland 

17th January - 28th March


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Creative Clans

Through craft, textiles and technology connections are being made between Cianalas, a Dementia Friendly Community based in the Outer Hebrides and Dementia Friendly East Lothian. With funding from Dementia Engagement Empowerment Project (DEEP). 


Through Creative Clans, I have run a series of workshops with both groups including thermochromic totes, circular weaving and conductive pom-pom making. Following the workshops, I have been working with the communities to create in ways that connect us.

The group has chosen to use the circular weaving and pom-poms to craft bomb areas in their communities, raising awareness of the Dementia Friendly Communities and of the groups that they are part of.  

Once the areas have been craft bombed photographs and interactive parts of the craft bomb will be exhibited in both locations with the potential to tour Scotland. 

Alongside this the groups will meet and make together at two gatherings one in September and another in October. 

Published work from Sonic Flock:


Sonic Flock: using textile birds to start conversations within a Dementia Friendly Community in the Outer Hebrides.  see the poster here:

Find other published work on the PUBLICATIONS page 







As part of my PhD Internship funded by SGSAH with An Lanntair's Arora project , we created a flock of Sonic Birds with makers from all over the UK. 


Find out more here:

Some of the flock were adapted to into Sonic birds meaning when they are touched they sang their own birdsong. 


These were displayed together at An Lanntair as part of Arora's Memory/Cuimhne Symposium. 


They have now been gifted to those living with dementia throughout the Outer Hebrides. We visited 7 care homes throughout Lewis, Harris and the Uists. 

The Images opposite have been taken by Paula Brown, Mhairi Law and Lucy Robertson.

Sonic Flock: using textile birds to start conversations within a Dementia Friendly Community in the Outer Hebrides


Published work from collaboration with Sara Nevay:

Crafting Textile Connections: A mixed-methods approach to explore traditional and e-textilecrafting for wellbeing


Read the paper here:






E-textiles: Crafting Connections for Wellbeing


On October the 27th 2017 PhD researcher Sara Nevay and I ran 'E-textiles: crafting connections for health and wellbeing' workshops as part of Make:Shift:Do Dundee 2017 at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design


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And find out more about the workshop here:







Sonic Textiles for Health and Wellbeing by Lucy Robertson


Published in The Design Journal

Volume 20/Issue 5/ September 2017


‘Sonic Textiles for Health and Wellbeing’ outlines a PhD study using textiles as an interface for sound applied within health and wellbeing. 



View the paper here:



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