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Tartan Details - Winthrop University

The information held within The Scottish Register of Tartans for the "Winthrop University" tartan is shown below. 

Reference: 10820
Designer: Melton, Beth
Tartan date: 01/10/2012
Registration date: 26 April 2013
Category: Corporate
Restrictions: Yes.
Winthrop University Foundation reserve the exclusive right to grant permission to weave this tartan with the following exception: Beth Melton will retain the right to weave the design for special occasions for personal/artistic activities such as juried exhibitions & competitions, lectures and presentations and peer review publications.

Registration notes: Designed by Beth Melton for Winthrop University, Rock Hill, South Carolina. Colours: garnet and gold represent Winthrop’s collegiate colours, garnet represents the warm brick of the many historic structures on campus and gold signifies excellence; navy blue, Winthrop’s traditional academic colour, honours one of the University’s most treasured traditions, the Blue Line, circa 1895, symbolic of the university's welcome to new students, and affirms the sense of community nurtured there; white is for the light of education. In 2012, President Anthony J DiGiorgio advanced the idea for a unique tartan design for Winthrop University. While searching for inspiration, designer Beth Melton became aware of industrialist Andrew Carnegie’s familial ties to weaving in Scotland. Melton, a weaver, is often influenced by historical ties to textiles as well as the physicality of historic structures. Interestingly, one of Carnegie’s philanthropic efforts was the establishment of libraries, and Winthrop’s campus is home to a Carnegie library. Therefore, it is fitting that Carnegie’s Scottish weaving heritage and the physical aspects of the building made possible by his philanthropy contributed directly to Winthrop’s tartan design. Personal and institutional histories are woven together as the linear elements depicted on a blueprint of the deeply coffered ceiling and stained glass skylight of Winthrop’s Carnegie library become the defining element of Winthrop’s tartan design.
Registrant details: Ms Kimberly Keel, 302 Tillman Hall, Rock Hill, Sc, United States, 29733
[email protected]
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