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TexSelect 2019: Notebook from London

14 July 2019 by Michella Oré in Alumni Stories, Fashion, Features, Sponsors, Judges & Champions

Fifty years of supporting textile designers is a very special achievement – and for TexSelect the celebration included, as always, the addition of 24 new designers to its dynamic network. The latest cohort of emerging talent, a mix of graduate designers from 17 colleges and specialising in print, weave, knit and embroidery/mixed media, showcased their work during the TexSelect London Preview (July 9-10). Over the course of two days, industry professionals and textile specialists gathered at the Chelsea College of…

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Meet the Alumna: Francesca Colussi

6 March 2019 by Roger Tredre in Alumni Stories, Features

Textile artist Francesca Colussi, a TexSelect alumna from 2011, talks about her unusual work transforming vintage postcards with embroidery. It’s a vintage black-and-white postcard of a country lane and a thatched cottage. But this idyllic view is bursting with embroidered colour: a pink tree, a yellow rooftop, a violet floral explosion. Something old has been transformed into something new, a vintage treasure given a thoroughly modern twist. Idyllic Life / 2019 Francesca Colussi, who was a TexSelect designer back in…

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Collezioni Trends: interview with Matthew Briggs

21 January 2019 by Editor in Alumni Stories, Fashion, Sponsors, Judges & Champions

Collezioni Trends has supported TexSelect for many years, generously giving gratis a full-page advert in the magazine twice annually. Giulia Bulgarelli, Editor in Charge at Logos Publishing, publisher of Collezioni Trends, said:  “It is with great pleasure that we support the TexSelect initiative, and the young designers who participate in it. Wanting to further support their creativity, we planned an additional initiative by dedicating their own pages to the designers in the magazine.  Our first such feature will be on Matthew Briggs…

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Meet the Alumna: Pepe Lowe

9 December 2018 by Editor in Alumni Stories, Fashion, Features

Pepe Lowe, a TexSelect alumna from 2013, explains how her career has evolved over the last five years, including the launch of her own collection of classic silk womenswear. Back in the summer of 2013 I was just finishing my BA in Textile Design at Chelsea College of Arts. It was such a great surprise to be chosen for TexSelect, then called Texprint. They really showed me the options that were open to me in the commercial fashion and textile…

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Meet the Alumnus: Rupert Newman, Light Artist

29 October 2018 by TexSelect in Alumni Stories, Features, Home, Interiors & Auto

Rupert Newman has been the go-to light installation artist for luxury weddings in the south of France this past summer. We found out more about what the TexSelect alumnus is up to. The Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild is a splendid seaside villa at Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat on the French Riviera. Built between 1905 and 1912 by Baroness Béatrice de Rothschild, it sums up all the grandeur of the Cote d’Azur. And this year it’s been a regular haunt for TexSelect alumnus Rupert…

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Matthew Briggs: Winner of The Woolmark Company TexSelect Award

8 October 2018 by TexSelect in Alumni Stories, Fashion, Features, Sponsors, Judges & Champions

Boldly patterned and graphic knits by Matthew Briggs delighted the judges and won him The Woolmark Company TexSelect Award in Paris, which set him on the road to Shanghai. Young designer Matthew Briggs, who studied knitwear design at the Royal College of Art, was a big winner at the TexSelect award ceremony on September 20 during Première Vision Paris, snapping up the TexSelect Fashion Prize, the WGSN TexSelect Textiles of the Future Award, and the prestigious The Woolmark Company TexSelect…

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Social Media’s Marketing Potential: we talk with alumna Emma J Shipley

16 September 2018 by Meghna Sarkar in Alumni Stories, Fashion, Features, Home, Interiors & Auto

How can designers use social media to promote themselves and their work? Emma Shipley, graphic artist and TexSelect alumna, shares her story. Social media, a brilliant tool for self-promotion, is proving a marketing lifeline for many emerging designers and creatives. One click is all it takes to share your creativity with the world – and Emma Shipley, a TexSelect alumna and 31-year-old British graphic artist and designer, is doing exactly that. She’s admired by her 12.8k Instagram followers for her…

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Meet the Alumna: Irene Infantes, Print Designer

13 August 2018 by Meghna Sarkar in Alumni Stories, Features, Home, Interiors & Auto

Spanish designer Irene Infantes made a big impact with TexSelect in 2016 with her large-scale experimental and richly textured artisanal wool designs. We asked her what’s happened since then. Back in 2016, Irene Infantes, who studied Print for her Textile Design BA at Central Saint Martins, was selected for the TexSelect programme which took her to London and Paris. Her work is large scale and ambitious, exploring abstract geometric shapes, combining screen printing and needle-punch felting. It’s two years since you…

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Meet the Alumna: Pamela Print, hand-woven textile designer

5 August 2018 by Meghna Sarkar in Alumni Stories, Features, Home, Interiors & Auto

In conversation with Pamela Print, textile designer and TexSelect alumna, about her new direction designing sustainable hand-woven cushions and throws. It’s a busy day for Pamela Print (and yes, before you ask, it is her real name). The 46-year-old British textile designer is gearing up to present her collection at MADE London, the annual contemporary craft and design fair at Canary Wharf. An alumna of Central Saint Martins, with a BA in Textile Design, Pamela is currently based in Brussels….

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TexSelect 2018: Meet the Judges, Michael Angove

12 June 2018 by Nina Webb in Alumni Stories, Fashion, Features, Home, Interiors & Auto

Fine artist and textile designer Michael Angove talks about British gardens, the phoenix mentality, and how to make it as a new designer. Michael joins the TexSelect 2018 judging panel in July to select this year’s prize winners. Welsh-born Michael Angove is the personification of his minimalist-meets-maximalist aesthetic. Just after offering a critical analysis of the design industry today, he launches into a lively story about how a scorpion once landed on his leg in Italy. As fate would have…

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