Fas­anta 2015 - a wild suc­cess

The Oban Times - - Business -

Wow! Bril­liant, amaz­ing, very spe­cial; words from a de­lighted Fas­anta rev­eller as she left Cor­ran Halls af­ter a week­end im­mersed in an­other suc­cess­ful three day fes­ti­val of tex­tiles and fash­ion pre­sented by Oban’s Dunol­lie Mu­seum, Cas­tle and Grounds.

Fas­anta 2015 opened on Fri­day with 70 chil­dren from Park, Dun­beg, Achaleven and Taynuilt pri­mary schools learn­ing to make em­bel­lish­ments to adorn cos­tumes for the Fas­anta Com­mu­nity Cat­walk event that evening – the be­jew­elled col­lab­o­ra­tion won the Fas­anta Bud­ding De­signer Award.

Many cre­ative con­tri­bu­tions from around Oban and Lorn’s com­mu­ni­ties were mod­elled on the cat­walk that night. Win­ners were A’Nead from the Isle of Eigg who walked away with the Pro­fes­sional Tex­tile Cre­ator Award. Jenny Robert­son, cre­ator of hand-knit­ted cob­web lace, said: ‘This has been a won­der­ful chance for me to see my work on the cat­walk – liv­ing on Eigg it’s dif­fi­cult to get good net­work­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties like this.’

Hair by Ruther­fords wowed the au­di­ence with their beau­ti­fully ex­e­cuted jew­els of his­tory show in­clud­ing the recre­ated Brooch of Lorne as a mag­nif­i­cent hair piece.

The Au­di­ence Choice Award went to North Ar­gyll Young Car­ers for their won­der­ful col­lec­tion, hand-made by the young­sters.

Funds raised by the ‘dol­lar vote’ went to Oban and Lorn Riding for the Dis­abled. The au­di­ence was en­ter­tained by story tell­ers Paul Hunter and Sarah Crone, il­lus­trat­ing the pro­gres­sion of Scot­tish jew­els through his­tory.

A vi­brant tex­tile mar­ket was brought by tal­ented ar­ti­san creators from as far away as Lochin­ver in the north, Ch­esters in the bor­ders, the is­lands and all over Ar­gyll.

Plenty of folk were in shop­ping, hav­ing a go at felt mak- ing or spin­ning. All day chil­dren streamed in and out sport­ing brooches they’d made at the drop-in chil­dren’s work­shop.

Hazel Ewart-Mills of Hazel­madeit said: ‘It has been re­ally nice be­ing at an event where every­thing is of such high qual­ity, meet­ing like-minded peo­ple who ‘get’ what we’re all do­ing with tex­tiles.’

Tex­tile skills work­shops led by pro­fes­sional tu­tors pro­vided for more se­ri­ous learn­ers with a va­ri­ety of classes from ad­vanced weav­ing de­sign to sewing for the ter­ri­fied, drap­ing, bead weav­ing, peg loom weav­ing and up­cy­cling.

An ex­hi­bi­tion of the replica brooch went along-side en­tries for the Fas­anta De­sign Award – a tex­tile in­ter­pre­ta­tion in­spired by the brooch. This was won by Jen­nifer Shaw, with the ju­nior prize go­ing to Ab­bie Cato for her t-shirt de­sign. A talk by ex­pert Cather­ine Gil­lies gave a keen au­di­ence the back­ground his­tory of the brooch.

The fes­ti­val was rounded up on Sun­day with a well-at­tended dis­cus­sion on cur­rent mak­ing and sell­ing of tex­tiles in Scot­land led by Breege Smyth.

The shut­tle bus loaded up ev­ery hour at Cor­ran halls for those want­ing to en­joy a rare ex­hi­bi­tion of an­cient gen­tle­men’s at­tire at Dunol­lie House and to visit the Weav­ing Cot­tage for a live weav­ing demon­stra­tion.

On Satur­day evening Rachel Walker’s new com­po­si­tion Seu­dan was re­ceived by a de­lighted au­di­ence. Rachel has been nom­i­nated for the Scots Trad Mu­sic Awards 2015 ‘Best Com­poser’ and this piece com­mis­sioned by Fas­anta il­lus­trated her tal­ent; telling the story of the iconic Brooch of Lorne in song, mu­sic and dance - what a per­for­mance from Rachel and friends.

Through­out the week­end Dunol­lie’s pop-up Ket­tle café pro­vided a hub for folk to gather and en­joy cel­e­brat­ing Scot­land’s rich tex­tile cul­ture over tea and cake or a de­li­cious soup and

sand­wich lunch.

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The Raven Hair Styling ‘tribe’ stunned ev­ery­one at Fri­day night’s show with their hair, make-up, cos­tumes and chore­og­ra­phy. Salon owner Leeanne Rush brought to­gether fam­ily, friends, staff and mod­els to cre­ate their spectacular show. They then caused a sen­sa­tion when they went in full hair, make-up and cos­tumes for a

post-show party at Markie Dans in Oban.

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CROP PHOTO: Robert the Bruce and his Queen El­iz­a­beth de Burgh (Paul Hunter and Sarah Crome) presided over Fri­day night’s

cat­walk show.

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Stephanie

Ritchie’s stun­ningly ex­otic hair and make-up by Leeanne Rush for

Raven Hair Styling cap­tured the ‘junk to

jew­els’ theme.

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Dur­ing the story-telling times, Robert the Bruce and his Queen El­iz­a­beth de Burgh (Paul Hunter and Sarah Crome) held court. Wee

Zoe Gor­don, aged two, from Oban was one of many chil­dren who were given golden (choco­late) coins by the king.

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Katie McGowan, Leyia Wil­liams, Natalia Bo­yarska and So­phie Green were the mod­els for Hair by Ruther­fords, along with David Ni­chol­son and Andy Mac­don­ald. The hair de­signs were in­spired by the Brooch of Lorn, the hon­ours of Scot­land, Scot­tish gems, and Mary, Queen

of Scots.

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Hair by Ruther­fords took the Brooch of Lorne, the hon­ours of Scot­land, Scot­tish gems, and Mary, Queen of Scots as the in­spi­ra­tion for their cat­walk hair­styles. Mod­els So­phie Green, Leyia Wil­liams, Natalia Bo­yarska, Katie McGowan, and David Ni­chol­son and Andy Mac­don­ald with Hay­ley

Ed­wards and Al­lan McKech­nie.

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The theme of the work North Ar­gyll Young Car­ers did for the fes­ti­val was ‘junk to jew­els’. Iona Dun­lop, aged 10, and MaxAllen are seen here get­ting ready in the dress­ing rooms for their spot on the cat­walk

on Fri­day night.

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Jenny Roberts of Eigg ar­rived at Fas­anta with a col­lec­tion of cob­webs

wo­ven from silk and North Ron­ald­say Sheep fleece. Jenny spins the

thread her­self af­ter card­ing the wood and raw silk to­gether and then makes Shet­land-style shawls and mit­tens. Her busi­ness, Anead, sells all round the world via the in­ter­net and a full-length wed­ding shawl can cost £1,700. Jenny is seen here with her mod­els Sheila Mac­Gre­gor, of Eas­dale, left, and Chloe Mo­ran of

Taynuilt.

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Sheila Quillin from Kil­more, left, took part in Satur­day’s work­shop run by Carol Hamili­ton of

Bon­nie Stitch­ers.

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Dunol­lie had a wide range of its own bags, fab­rics, tar­tans and badges for sale. Jayne Mulqueen was one of the many vol­un­teers who helped to run its

stall.

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Jenna Green­smith, right, of Ari­zona, by way of Fife, was teach­ing rag-rug weav­ing dur­ing a work­shop

and Fiona Kin­caid of Oban took part.

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Jayne Mulqueen, right, of North Con­nel makes fab­u­lous hats, mod­elled by her son Daniel, Aaliyah

Malla and Natalie White­ford.

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Alice Camp­bell 3-D bead­ing show­cased this beau­ti­ful poppy neck­lace which was so ap­pro­pri­ate

for Re­mem­brance week­end. It was worn on the cat­walk on Fri­day by Vikki Robert­son of Dunol­lie.

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