Fasanta 2015 - a wild success
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
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.
CROP PHOTO: Robert the Bruce and his Queen Elizabeth de Burgh (Paul Hunter and Sarah Crome) presided over Friday night’s
Ritchie’s stunningly exotic hair and make-up by Leeanne Rush for
Raven Hair Styling captured the ‘junk to
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.
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
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.
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.
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
Sheila Quillin from Kilmore, left, took part in Saturday’s workshop run by Carol Hamiliton of
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
Jenna Greensmith, right, of Arizona, by way of Fife, was teaching rag-rug weaving during a workshop
and Fiona Kincaid of Oban took part.
Jayne Mulqueen, right, of North Connel makes fabulous hats, modelled by her son Daniel, Aaliyah
Malla and Natalie Whiteford.
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.