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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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Roberta Fox shows her collection to Natalie Ansell, M&S senior print designer, and Libby Allan, M&S trend lead womenswear & lingerie, at Première Vision Designs, Paris Sept 2017

Working at M&S: the Marks & Spencer TexSelect Fashion Textile Award

6 June 2018 by Roger Tredre in Alumni Stories, Fashion, Sponsors, Judges & Champions

Iconic British retailer Marks & Spencer sponsored a new award for TexSelect in 2017, which included an opportunity for the winning designer to work for three months with the design team at head office. We spoke to Roberta Fox about her experience. Designer Roberta Fox was the winner of the first Marks & Spencer TexSelect Fashion Textile Award, announced last September in Paris at Première Vision. Besides a £1,000 cash prize, she won herself the opportunity to join the design…

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Meet the Alumna: Alice Timmis, creative weaver

13 May 2018 by Meghna Sarkar in Alumni Stories, Fashion, Features

What happens when industrially woven fabrics are treated with an array of creative hand finishes? A look at the work of TexSelect alumna Alice Timmis says it all. Alice Timmis sits with a warp of pink silk raffia and shimmery Italian fancy yarns stretched out on the handloom in front of her. It’s part of a hand-woven collection to be sent to Dash + Miller, a renowned woven textile studio in Bristol, for whom the 30-year-old British textile designer freelances….

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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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