Talks & Lectures

Over the years, I have been asked to give a talk or a lecture to schools, colleges and Universities on my work so I developed a range of talks that are bookable in advance that may help with delivering your curriculum or course.

The talks / lectures range from half hour speaking sessions with Q&A’s to full-on 3 hour workshops and prices vary accordingly.

Between the months of February through to April is the best time to book us for a talk or lecture as seasonally this is when we have the most time available. Once the summer hits, we are knitting for the next A/W season.

Berni Raeside Lecture Textiles


Our lectures include:

Self Employment for Creatives

Aimed at 2nd and 3rd year students, this lecture is designed to help creative students look at the idea of self-employment and what it might mean for them when they graduate. Most universities prepare students extremely well for employment, but being self employed is a whole other ball game. Berni goes through what you can expect from your first years, how to identify if your product or service is actually a real business opportunity or just an idea, the basics of marketing, official stuff like legalities, tax, training etc… and business plans. As a successful business owner, marketer and textile design graduate with her own craft knitwear brand, Berni is ideally placed to present a professional, well rounded lecture that will explain the nuances of becoming self-employed and what to expect once your ideal is viable and you’ve made the leap.

Range of students this lecture will benefit:

Textiles, Fashion, Design, PR, Marketing Consultancy, Stylists, Crafts, Applied Arts, Artists, Illustrators and more.

Cost:  £250 plus 40p per mile travel.

Duration:  2-3 hours, depending on questions and interaction.

To book, call Berni on 07970 509758 or email


Detta Textiles – Sustainable Modern Textile Design

This half hour talk explains the theory behind my work and the Aran Ambitions Collection. I explain how the collection evolved and why sustainability is so important in my work. I also discuss the various types of pollution and effect that textile production has on the environment and how with changing how we approach design and making we may be able to influence buying patterns which in turn will educate the consumer on how to buy less but choose well.

Range of people this talk will benefit:

Designers, textiles, fashion and interior design lecturers, graduates, students, makers, artisans and more.

Cost:  £200 plus 40p per mile travel.

Duration: 2 hours involving a half hour talk & presentation, followed by questions and networking after.

To book, call Berni on 07970 509758 or email