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Webinar looks at how our heritage can inspire north creative industries


By Calum MacLeod

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Design anthropologist Aude Le Guennec will host the series of webinars.
Design anthropologist Aude Le Guennec will host the series of webinars.

A series of online webinars looking at how heritage can help shape the north of Scotland's creative future is to return this week.

The exclusive series will see leading design anthropologist, Dr Aude Le Guennec, explore the interactions between heritage and the creative industries to investigate how they can and could inspire today's and future creatives across the north of Scotland.

Hosted by Highlands creative economy support organisation, XpoNorth, the remaining four webinars, which will run on the second Thursday of each month from through to April, will look at topics including how museums and heritage organisations can become archives of fashion products and how, in turn, designers might use these to inspire new work. Most large textiles and fashion companies are likely to have their own archives of products which they can use to inspire current designs. Most small businesses or those only recently established will not have this access.In the webinars, Le Guennec, who specialises in the narrative of heritage and its interpretation in the creative process, will discuss how the museum and creative business can benefit from this kind of collaboration, and what the opportunities are for new products.

Dr Le Guennec will include conversations with leading fashion practitioners, researchers and curators including: Alan Scott, creative director at Johnstons of Elgin; design educationalist and author, Alison Harley; Morag Seaton, co-founder of Worn Workshop; and consultant in fashion luxury heritage, Sylvie Marot.

Iain Hamilton, head of creative industries at Highlands and Islands Enterprise, and co-founder of XpoNorth said: “In this exclusive webinar series, Dr Aude Le Guennec is bringing a wealth of knowledge, experience and excellent guest speakers to help those in creative industries understand and utilise heritage and its interpretation in the creative process. We are thrilled to be offering this series and I look forward to seeing the innovation that I’m sure will follow as a result.”

The series of five interactive webinars which will include a panel discussion targeted towards the creative industries, heritage and museums sectors in Scotland and beyond are free to attend and will run from 1.30pm to 2.30pm on the second Thursday of each month until April 8 2021. Past episodes are available to view at www.xponorth.co.uk To sign up visit here.



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