Students draw inspiration from Deeside castle

Students with some of their designs
Students with some of their designs

Fashion and textiles students at Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen have teamed up on a project with Deeside's Drum Castle.

They have produced a range of tea towels, drawing inspiration from the 13th century building.

The initiative has seen the 27 first-year students each produce their own unique design, with the cotton tea towels set to go on display later this month as part of a public vote.

The most popular design will then be produced and sold in the castle shop, with the winner taking home a prize donated by the team at Drum.

As part of the project, the students visited the castle to gain insight into the attraction, which is the conservation charity NTS’s oldest intact property, and enable them to capture the spirit of the building in their designs.

They were also required to produce sketchbooks and research analysis, showing the development of their ideas, as well as a presentation board visualising the theme of their design inspiration.

Drum Castle's property manager, Dr Alison Burke, said: “The fashion and textile students at Gray’s are phenomenally talented and creative artists. "This is our third year of collaborating and each year I am amazed at the exquisite results.

"Their vision and creativity provides a fresh perspective on Drum and help keeps the 13th century castle relevant to young people in the 21st century.”