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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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Meet the Alumna: Jess Quinton, Quinton Chadwick

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

Knitwear designer Jess Quinton secured a job with Missoni straight from Texprint and went on to set up her own business with Jane Chadwick. She tells us her story. Colour has always been my passion. I was lucky to be spotted by Missoni, those maestros of colour, at the Texprint exhibition in the late 1980s and landed my first job as a knitwear designer with them. I remember so well those first months after graduating from the Royal College of Art. I…

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Texprint 2017 Paris: Première Vision Designs

21 September 2017 by Roger Tredre in Alumni Stories, Fashion, Home, Interiors & Auto, Sponsors, Judges & Champions

The 24 designers chosen for Texprint this year went to Paris in September for Première Vision Designs – the highlight of the Texprint experience. Here’s what happened. In Paris, things get serious. For most of the 24 young Texprint designers, the experience of exhibiting at Première Vision Designs (September 19-21) is their first contact with the real world of business. “It’s very different from the Texprint exhibition in London,” said Olivia Qi. “It’s much more about business.” Designer Olivia Qi…

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Texprint Council: new member Carlo Volpi

16 July 2017 by Roger Tredre in Alumni Stories, Fashion, Sponsors, Judges & Champions

Texprint alumnus Carlo Volpi, the Italian knitwear designer, has joined the Texprint Council which meets twice yearly to monitor and review how the charity is performing against its aims and objectives. We talked to him about his career and memories of Texprint. Every year Texprint invites one alumnus to present his work at the entrance to the Texprint London event. For 2017 – a year when Texprint designs have been full of creative, contemporary use of colour – there could have been no better choice…

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Texprint Council: new member Andrew Stevenson of Paul Smith

13 June 2017 by Harriet Wolstenholme and Marijn Brok in Alumni Stories, Fashion, Sponsors, Judges & Champions

Texprint alumnus Andrew Stevenson, now a senior textile designer at Paul Smith, has joined the Texprint Council which meets twice-yearly to monitor and review how the charity is performing against its aims and objectives. We talked to him about his career and memories of Texprint. The interior of the Paul Smith head office in central London has the exact quirky ambience you’d expect from the designer. Andrew Stevenson, who has been working as a woven and printed textile designer at the company for four…

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Alumna Stories: Flett Bertram, Lesage

3 May 2017 by Roger Tredre in Alumni Stories, Fashion

One designer’s trip to Paris with Texprint in 2014 turned into a job opportunity at the legendary couture embroidery atelier of Lesage. Flett Bertram tells us how Paris became her home. Designer Flett Bertram, from Cambridgeshire, is loving the experience of living in Paris and working for Lesage, the historic couture embroidery atelier. She first heard about Lesage while studying at the Royal College of Art in London for a Master's degree in Mixed Media textiles. “Hubert Barrère, artistic director…

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Texprint alumna stories: Cherica Haye, designer, Rolls-Royce Bespoke

17 April 2017 by Roger Tredre in Alumni Stories, Home, Interiors & Auto

Cherica Haye, a Texprint designer in 2013, now creates beautiful car interiors for Rolls-Royce. She’s a designer who specialises in material makeup and innovation for the luxury goods sector. Cherica Haye, who initially studied textiles at Central Saint Martins, became interested in the sector while building a portfolio of conceptual textiles for carmakers at the Royal College of Art. After Texprint, Rolls-Royce design director Giles Taylor invited her to join the bespoke division of Rolls-Royce, the studio of designers and…

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Alumnus update: Mikey Womack, Design Union and Textile View

8 April 2017 by TexSelect in Alumni Stories, Fashion, Home, Interiors & Auto, Sponsors, Judges & Champions

It’s certainly unusual for a young textile designer to see his work on the front cover of an international magazine just months after graduation.  But thanks to the keen eye of designer Eileen Gleeson, and her instinct for talent, Mikey Womack found himself working on a special print forecast edition of Textile View published for top European trade fair Premiere Vision. Eileen Gleeson set up Design Union first in New York after graduating Brighton Polytechnic studying under John Miles, then…

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