Renfrewshire are flying the flag for disabilities


Raising awareness for International Disability Day


A special flag designed by a disability group has been raised in Renfrewshire to mark International Disability Day.

The standard was created by a group from the Disability Resource Centre (DRC) as part of the Threadlines project. The project is part of Renfrewshire Council’s £4.5 million re-generation scheme.

Artists worked with wood-work and photography groups from the DRC to design two printing presses which individuals with additional support needs could use.

The group designed letters in clay and used motifs from old looms and traditional printing presses to make a set of linos. These were used to make the patterns and compositions which inspired the design of the flag.


Threadlines portable printer

Rachel Walker, one of the artists working on the project, said: “Working with the individuals at the DRC was a really interesting and enlightening experience which will continue to inform the way we will work in collaboration with communities in Paisley.”

Threadlines has been running since summer 2017 with local community groups creating pieces of artwork inspired by the town’s history in printed textiles. The projects are displayed in Paisley town centre.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson added: “An important part of the project was to engage a diverse range of audiences with the heritage and culture of Paisley through learning and making.

“I’m pleased to see that the Threadlines project has achieved this and hope that the participants will benefit from the new skills they have learned.”

Find out more about the TH.CARS2 project here.

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