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Mhari McMullan

Mhari McMullan — School of Design

Patterning Paisley: museum retail and strategies for commercialising a historic textile collection through contemporary textile practice.

Focusing on Paisley Museum, this practice-led PhD will build a comprehensive understanding of current design practice linked to the archival holdings of textile collections. It will investigate successful collaborative commissions, community engagement and product development with a case study approach covering commercial, public and private archives in Scotland and beyond. It will ask: how can Paisley Museum strategically connect its historic textile collection to its new retail enterprise through the generation of distinctive, design-led textile products? How does this add value in terms of both potential revenue and contemporary contextualisation? The PhD will use Paisley’s digital archive as a tool for practice-based research rooted in improving engagement and accessibility to collections. This will result in a range of prototypes that will aim to reflect Paisley’s unique heritage and contemporary reimagining through their material and visual expression.

Mhari McMullan is a textile designer, researcher and consultant whose work stems from a preoccupation with pattern. She works across exhibitions, retail and education in craft and design. Mhari graduated from Central St Martins in 2003 and relocated to Glasgow in 2007, where she opened Welcome Home in 2009. She is co-curator of Early Learning and she was also a founding director of Collect Scotland.