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A good yarn: Fashion & textile conference hits the Northwest

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A good yarn: Fashion & textile conference hits the Northwest

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A good yarn: Fashion & textile conference hits the Northwest

Taking place in Letterkenny and Derry on the 18th-19th November, Yarns is a two-day fashion and textile conference for budding designers and seasoned industry pros alike.

Held in a number of Derry and Donegal locations, the conference is set to offer expert advice and host practical workshops from some of the country’s most admired industry leaders, all while celebrating the Northwest’s abundant fashion and textile heritage. 

Threads of change

The many threads of social, cultural and economic development can be found in the fabric of the Northwest’s rich fashion and textile heritage. 

In the 19th and 20th centuries Derry was renowned for its many shirtmaking factories and the production of some of the world’s finest shirts. Today, fittingly, it’s home to The Fashion and Textile Design Centre. Donegal’s reputation for exceptional wool, knitwear and handwoven tweeds is equally lauded, with a host of contemporary artisans keeping the tradition in rude health.

The fashion and textile industry has, however, changed almost beyond recognition in recent decades. The local factories of old have made way for businesses driven by design and brand awareness. Superb management, sales and marketing expertise, as well as acumen in sustainability, digital technology, and logistics, have all become essential in today’s highly competitive market.

Thankfully, the Northwest of the island of Ireland is home to several globally successful businesses in the fashion and textile industry. Throughout the Yarns conference, these businesses will share their stories and offer invaluable insights.

Workshops, one-to-ones and seminars

The conference’s impressive programme of events will take place in The Playhouse Theatre and The Fashion & Textile Design Centre in Derry, and the Regional Cultural Centre in Letterkenny. 

Just some of the practical workshops scheduled include Bag Making and EcoSystem Mapping with Deirdre Lane, navigating the manufacturing process with Orla Ward and Deirdre Wild of Bottummy, and Crafting a Creative Story with Aideen Bodkin of A-Line Design.

One-to-One Expert Consultations will also be held with participants benefitting from the experience of some of Ireland’s leading fashion and textile figures including Deirdre McQuillan, Paula Hughes, Aisling Farinella, and Sonya Lennon. These bespoke consultations will focus on the skills needed to grow your business. 

Industry leaders will also deliver keynote presentations, while panel discussions with high profile figures and tales of local success stories will surely inspire all in attendance. 

A cross-border initiative from Creative Coast Donegal and LEO Donegal, Yarns is supported by Donegal County Council and Derry & Strabane District Council, Creative Ireland Creative Communities Economic Action Fund, and the Shared Island Initiative.

An unrivalled opportunity for businesses and entrepreneurs to network with peers and enjoy invaluable industry insights, explore the full Yarns programme here.

Yarns | Letterkenny & Derry | 18th-19th November 2022

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