Job title: Lecturer, Textiles

Tel: +44 (0) 131 6515812


Research outputs: Shirley McLauchlan on Edinburgh Research Explorer

I work collaboratively with ‘The Cross’ in Nottingham Hill London. Clients range from Nicole Kidman to David Walliams.

I design modern, bespoke, unique, hand-crafted family heirlooms.

I work in a sustainable manner utilising vintage wool blankets, creating designs that will be cherished and passed from generation to generation.


Part-time lecturer at Edinburgh College of Art since 1999, working with first year to Master students within the Textiles department.

Lecturer within the School of Landscape and Architecture since 2014.


Sustainability / Empathy

Worked with Zero Waste Scotland since 2014 on the' Love your Clothes' campaign. Recently involved in the development of training packs June 2015.

Sustainable work was showcased in February 2015 as part of the University of Edinburgh’s Innovative Learning Week.

(What to do with waste material (raising awareness with regard to survival using left over polypropylene from the Glasgow Commonwealth games)

Recent research with regards to mending and repair was presented at Nottingham Trent in June 2015 (joint paper). Design work was also displayed within the exhibition.

August 2016, completed a project with IKEA/ZWS(Zero Waste Scotland) and ECA working with excess material.

November 2016, research case study exhibited at Circular Transitions UAL- London

2016-17, on-going research into the challenges of working within the Circular Economy.

‘Giving Surplus the Purpose’ collaborative work with IKEA/ETC (Edinburgh College of Art Textiles department.)

Sustainability in relation to textile design: Practice based research enquiry working collaboratively delivering academic papers examined and presented via practices based workshops.

Remantle and Make: Was part of this research project and was one of two designers commissioned to design 'collar' pieces for the exhibition in GSA in March 17th 2017 | Find out more >

Cicular Transitions: Exhibited at the conference. It was the first ever global event looking at designing fashion textiles for the circular economy. Textile Futures Research Centre (TFRC) at University of the Arts London (UAL) brought together world leading academics and industry experts in the field to imagine a future where materials are designed, produced, used and disposed of in radical new ways. A full programme of 4 high profile keynotes speakers, 35 papers and 40 exhibitors made this happen at the Tate Britain on 23rd November 2016. | Find out more >

Innovative Learning Week 2016: Exploring the Circular Economy

Joint paper presented at Plate 2015: Product longevity. | Find out more >


Published author of Girls Get Stitching’, 2013.