Craft Town Scotland is delighted to announce Angharad McLaren, textile designer and weaver, as the new maker-in-residence at the Barony Centre, West Kilbride.  From June to mid-July, Angharad will be developing new work in the dedicated craft workshop space….and she would like you to join in!

There will be a variety of events and activities to take part in:

  • Weaving taster sessions and workshops
  • Activities to suit every level of fitness, from gentle runs to hill-running
  • She is keen to join in or spectate at any local sports events or activities so please send details:
  • WEAVATHON: a team event which will push the limits of craft and clelbrate local sporting endeavours


Come along on Saturday 16th June to learn more and find out how you can get involved:

/11an: Angharad McLaren: from craft practice to WEAVATHON

/2pm: Local walk and discussion of craft and sports in the area.

This will be a gentle 1hr walk suitable for all levels of fitness, please bring good walking shoes, waterproofs and cameras.

More details and timetable of events will be posted on:


Upcoming activities

 Angharad is training for a running event so if you’de like to get fit and train together please join in:

/Thursday 14th June/5.30-6.30pm: 3 mile jog/run suitable for intermediate runners

/Tuesday 19th June/ 7-7.45am: gentle 2 mile jog suitable for beginner/ intermediate runeers

Meeting point: Barony Centre

Notes: please wear suitable running shoes, bring water and if you have a smart phone download ‘mapmyrun’ app

:runs will start with a warm up and set off about 10 mins after meeting time so please be prompt

:the pace will always be set by the slowest runner so no-one gets left behind!

:it is the participants responsibility to ensure you are fit to take part, please consult a GP before if you have any health concerns

About Angharad

Angharad graduated from the Glasgow School of Art in 2003 with a BA (Hons) First Class Textile Design: Weave after which she went on to complete the MA Constructed Textiles: Weave course at the Royal College of Art in 2006.

“Having trained on the NESTA Starter for 6 business innovation course in 2008, I’ve been operating as a self-employed crafts-based textile designer for over 3 years working on freelance commission based projects for clients such as Mother of Pearl fashion (London), Shetland Museum and most recently ‘Scotland Can Make It’- a collaboration between myself, Emlyn Firth (a graphic designer) and Johnstons of Elgin to design and make alternative Scottish-made souvenirs for the Commonwealth Games, 2014.

I also design and create my own signature range of textile products which are woven in UK textile mills and sold internationally. The inspiration for my own designs comes from my passion for sports and activities as well as a cultural and historical interest in traditional textiles. I’m a keen swimmer, hill-walker, cyclist, windsurfer and am currently training to run in ‘Speed of Light’, an event in the Edinburgh Festival combining “sporting endeavour with performance visual art” (NVA, 2012).

I’ve taught weave, professional practice and employability at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in Dundee for the past 2 years and have experience holding workshops in craft, inspiration and design for adults and school pupils during my residency in Shetland in 2007 when the Curriculum for Excellence was first being introduced. I’m also a mentor on the NESTA Starter for 6 course and taught windsurfing on a beach in Greece during my students years.”