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Meet the Judges, Polly Leonard of Selvedge

16 June 2018 by Meghna Sarkar in Fashion, Features, Home, Interiors & Auto, Sponsors, Judges & Champions

We talk to Polly Leonard, Founder and Editor-in-chief of Selvedge Magazine, who joins the TexSelect judging panel this year. Polly Leonard, a passionate textile lover and distinguished entrepreneur, is the founder of Selvedge, a ground-breaking magazine much admired in the creative world that aims to explore our intimate relationships with cloth.With a BA in Embroidery and Weaving from the Glasgow School of Art, Polly has an addiction for textiles that morphed into a niche bi-monthly periodical in 2004. Selvedge is…

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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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Andrew Dawson, Master of the Worshipful Company of Woolmen

Meet the Sponsor: The Worshipful Company of Woolmen

1 May 2018 by Roger Tredre in Features, Sponsors, Judges & Champions

A new award for a TexSelect designer working with wool for interiors has been created by the Worshipful Company of Woolmen. Roger Tredre explains all. Andrew Dawson, Master of the Worshipful Company of Woolmen, comes alive when we walk into the yarn store at London’s Central Saint Martins. Straight away, he’s examining the quality of the wool yarns, foraging and unpacking, discussing prices, unravelling a roll of wool tops. This is the universe he’s known all his life – the…

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Kay Politowicz, at the Fashioned from Nature exhibition

Notes on Pulp It: an exhibit at the V&A

24 April 2018 by Kay Politowicz in Fashion, Features, Sponsors, Judges & Champions, Textile Insights

Kay Politowicz, a truly inspiring champion of textile education and for many years a council member of TexSelect, has worked on the Victoria & Albert Museum’s ground-breaking fashion exhibition Fashioned from Nature. Here, she explains her involvement with a concept garment. It was with great enthusiasm that we accepted an invitation to contribute a concept garment to the innovation section of the Fashioned from Nature exhibition at the V&A (which opened in April and runs until February 2019). The work…

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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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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 and AVA CAD/CAM; supporting the digital generation

7 October 2017 by TexSelect in Fashion, Home, Interiors & Auto, Sponsors, Judges & Champions

Experiencing specialist software that so comprehensively enhances the design process is rare enough for young textile design graduates. Even more rare is the company that is willing to invest generously in training young designers and encouraging their understanding of the industry. AVA CAD/CAM is one such company.  A valued financial supporter of Texprint, it also annually awards one week of intensive hands-on training to a group of Texprint designers at its HQ in Macclesfield. Left to right: Angelica Chrysanthou, Nicola…

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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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