Today I was briefed on my newest project - Rebel Tartan. 


Liberation Kilt Company has designed a range of tartans symbolising contemporary social movements. The purpose of this project is to explore in a spontaneous and intuitive way various Textile / Fashion design possibilities for the Blueheart Tartan.


Human trafficking is a mounting global problem and one of the world’s most shameful crimes, affecting the lives of millions of people and robbing them of their dignity. The Blueheart tartan symbolises the collective

heartbeat of those who are trafficked and provides another way for people toshow their solidarity against this modern form of slavery, represented in the tartan by the black lines that intersect to form a cage.

Blueheart was inspired by the united Nations’ Blue heart Campaign, an international initiative to raise awareness of the plight of trafficking victims and build the political will needed to fight the criminals who make a living buying and selling human beings. twenty percent of proceeds from the sale of Blueheart fabric and products is donated to the Voluntary trust Fund for Victims of human trafficking, coordinated by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime.


Collaboration and knowledge exchange are key practices explored; you will work in teams to develop the research to inform a collaborative collection of textile samples and illustrations of possible fashion / Accessory / Costume design outcomes.

You will be expected to consult an extensive range of research sources and develop your personal design process through a variety of media including,

drawing, collage, writing, painting, photography. Research is essentially the driving force behind this project and very important for the development of confidence in your own ideas. Giles Jackson, founder of Liberation Kilt Company and designer of the Blueheart tartan will provide woven swatches and a range of archival material (articles, videos, etc.), which may serve as a foundation on which to build.

Design Development

When exploring design possibilities for the Blue-Heart tartan, you are asked to develop a personal response to it. Incorporate a combination of textile techniques to create a collection of swatches within your team. This response may be broad (your vision for an entire fashion / costume collection) or narrow (focusing on a specific category, e.g. accessories).

Within your sketchbook you are asked to develop a colour palette in response to your research. This palette should complement the Blueheart tartan. (Could be worn with the Blueheart tartan)

You are encouraged to do some observational drawing using coloured media and to create a story board, displaying your research and colour combinations; this will inform your design development for a collaborative collection of textile swatches (knit, weave, stitch or print)

You will concentrate on the potential of textile techniques to generate design ideas and explore a creative and sustainable design practice.

You could investigate print, weave or knit structure effects to achieve contemporary fabrics with particular emphasis on tartan. Traditional techniques of iconic fabrics such as tartan, paisley, lace and tweed can be used to inspire ranges of unconventional tartans. Tartan is traditionally geometric in structure, but can be designed in an unconventional way; taking abstract elements of block pattern. Techniques could include mixing textures and weights of contrasting yarns / materials, striping with mixed colour combinations, knit weave, felt, embroidery or print. You could investigate more complex solutions of merging techniques within the disciplines or design fabrics separately that sit well together. Sustainable design approaches are important and materials could include recycled plastics, rubbers, paper, paint etc.

I will use this post to refer back to the brief, making sure that I follow it accordingly and to utilise my time effectively. My next aim is to research into the company to start my creative process.