A KIRKCALDY woman has been shortlisted for a prestigious Scottish award.
Lauren Crawford has been nominated for the best new designer accolade at the forthcoming Scottish Variety Awards, in association with Clyde 1 and The Herald newspaper, in Glasgow next month.
The event is taking place at the Crown Plaza Hotel on Saturday, March 24.
Lauren (26), who runs a highly distinctive hand woven textile design company from her home, will be up against stiff competition for the award.
She has been shortlisted along with another three young designers including Marc Ross, who is a fashion designer, Judith Clarke, who scooped first prize in the Princes Scottish Youth Business Trust (PSYBT) Jolomo Arts and Crafts Awards last year, and Genna Delaney who is a jewellery designer.
Lauren designs and weaves scarves, collars, wedding shawls and garters using her own loom.
All Lauren’s accessories are specially designed, made and finished by hand using traditional and innovative weaving.
Her business has gone from strength to strength since she graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone in 2007.
She went on to be the designer in residence at the art and design college in Dundee and has gone on to display work at a number of galleries across the UK.
She has also exhibited at trade shows and festival events in both the UK and USA.
At one show, she successfully sold designs to Macys, the world famous department store.
This isn’t the first time Lauren has been shortlisted for a prestigious accolade - she was runner-up in last year’s Jolomo awards.
She said: “I was delighted when I heard about the nomination for the Scottish Variety Awards, I couldn’t believe it!
“All my hard work seems to be finally starting to pay off and it’s a great privilege to be nominated for such a prestigious award.”
Lauren is also due to showcase her work at a public exhibition in Rothes Halls, Glenrothes at the end of the month.
Her products will feature in ‘Progression - Celebrating Fife’s Craft and Visual Artist Awards’ in the Halls from February 27 until April 5.
Exhibits at the free display will include textiles and video which are being brought together to celebrate the success of the grants, talents and diversity of Fife’s art community.
There will be a private viewing of the exhibits in the Halls on Saturday, February 25 at 3.00 p.m.
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