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Kirsty McDougall and Laura Miles on their stand at Première Vision Designs, September 2017

Meet the Alumnae: Rare Thread, Kirsty McDougall and Laura Miles

28 March 2018 by Roger Tredre in Alumni Stories, Fashion

Kirsty McDougall and Laura Miles, two TexSelect alumnae with exceptional track records, have joined forces to set up a London-based studio, Rare Thread. It’s established an international reputation within two years. They told us the full story. They founded Rare Thread just under two years ago, following an inspirational conversation at Première Vision. At the time, Laura Miles was creative director for Vanners Silk mill, based in the main halls, while Kirsty McDougall was showing at Maison d’Exceptions, showcasing the…

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What Is the Perfect Color Worth? Inside the mysterious art — and big business — of color forecasting

13 March 2018 by Editor in Textile Insights

Article written by BRUCE FALCONER, New York Times 28 February 2018: Last spring, a dozen people filtered into a sunny, whitewashed conference room on the seventh floor of the Royal College of Art, overlooking London’s Hyde Park. Mostly Western Europeans from different precincts of the fashion industry, they had been called together by a British man named David Shah, editor and publisher of the Pantone View Colour Planner. The book, issued each February and August, is a four-ring binder containing pigment and…

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Flutter in Paradise by Nicola Rowe, bespoke wall mural, Contrasts Edit from Surface View

Surface View: Contrasts – the 2018 EDITS collection

21 February 2018 by Roger Tredre in Alumni Stories, Features, Home, Interiors & Auto, Sponsors, Judges & Champions

TexSelect designers have collaborated this spring with bespoke interior decoration company Surface View on an exceptional new home textiles collection. It’s the fourth year that TexSelect and Surface View have worked together. The result, titled Contrasts, is the 2018 EDITS collection, which is full of eclectic energy. Six of the 2017 Texprint designers participated in the collection, which was curated by Graham Hollick, the distinguished creative director and trend forecaster who has worked with everyone from Swarovski and The Conran…

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The Fluidity of Thought: Circleline Design Studio, Textile View and TexSelect alumnae

13 February 2018 by Editor in Alumni Stories, Fashion, Features, Sponsors, Judges & Champions

TexSelect is all about giving the designers selected for the annual mentorship programme every opportunity to experience the industry in its myriad forms. One such opportunity came up in November 2017 when alumnae Lucy Day and Kate Connell were invited by London-based Circleline Design Studio to work on a very special project – creating the autumn/winter 2019/20 print design forecast for renowned international magazine Textile View. Circleline has been a contributor to Textile View for over 10 years. Of this…

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Meet the Alumna: Marie Crow, Materials Design Director, Nike

29 January 2018 by Roger Tredre in Alumni Stories, Fashion, Features

It’s always great when TexSelect alumna do well – and when they do well, land a major job at Nike, and are recognised by Vogue no less, it’s a true cause for celebration. Meet Marie Crow, materials design director, Nike. Back in 2011, Marie Parsons was one of the stars of TexSelect (then named Texprint) with her versatile mixed-media portfolio. She had caught the eye of car maker Jaguar while still at the Royal College of Art, and also attracted…

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Ratti SpA: Discover the Art of Printing on Fabric

16 January 2018 by Editor in Textile Insights

Published with permission of master Italian printer Ratti and Blossom / Première Vision Paris, both sponsors of TexSelect. This video illustrates a unique immersion in artisanal know-how. Ratti owns a large collection of printing plates; the wood and copper plates are veritable masterpieces of traditional craftsmanship, and the Ratti archives, acquired in the 1970s, recount the history of pre-1900 textile designs. “Today as in the past, breathing life into silk is an art.” “This is a way to share our…

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Texprint becomes TexSelect: Welcoming a new era

4 January 2018 by TexSelect in Features, TexSelect News

Texprint has a new name. From this year, we’re called TexSelect, a title that reflects better what we do. As an incubator and mentor of design talent across all areas of textile creativity, we are much more than print. Our new name – in its full form TexSelect / textile design futures – marks a logical evolution for us, no longer implying a solely print focus, highlighting our support for the next generation of textile designers across all disciplines as well as…

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Meet the Alumna: Alice Selwood, digital embroideries

21 November 2017 by Emanuela Potorti in Alumni Stories, Home, Interiors & Auto

When she’s not surfing the cold waters of the British coastline or walking in the countryside, Texprint alumna Alice Selwood spends her days creating digital embroideries at a small studio in a farm in Cornwall. Alice Selwood first became interested in textiles when she was considering studying chemistry at university but instead decided to take a year off to pursue a foundation degree in art. At the time she reflected that she could do “something scientific and academic – or…

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Meet the alumnus: Fleet Bigwood

5 November 2017 by Roger Tredre in Alumni Stories, Fashion, Textile Insights

We’re sitting in a quiet corner at Central Saint Martins next to the MA Fashion studios. We’re with Texprint alumnus Fleet Bigwood, the textile designer with arguably the most secretive career in the fashion industry. Fleet is showing us a book that he has published that is so secret it will never appear in any bookshop.

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Alumna stories: Emma J Shipley with Clarke & Clarke, Liberty and Harrods

25 October 2017 by TexSelect in Alumni Stories, Fashion, Home, Interiors & Auto, Sponsors, Judges & Champions

Texprint is so proud to be associated with its alumni, many of whom have created some of the most dynamic brands in the textiles, fashion and interiors worlds. One such is Emma J Shipley, whose eponymous brand encompasses scarves, accessories, clothing and now an extensive range of beautiful cushions and wallpapers.  All feature Emma’s fantastical and intricate hand drawings that take as their starting point myth, legend, history and pop culture. She is truly an inspiration.  She is also a…

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