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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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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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Air Jordan 1 (AJ1) sketches

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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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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