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TexSelect 2018: Notebook from Paris

22 September 2018 by Meghna Sarkar in Fashion, Features, Home, Interiors & Auto, Sponsors, Judges & Champions

Best of British textile talent came to the fore at Première Vision Paris, 19-21 September. Let’s take a quick look behind the scenes. Twenty four young designers, three days of excitement, nervousness and upheaval and a once in a lifetime opportunity to communicate with the biggest names of the textile industry. For the talented textile stars of 2018, the TexSelect showcase at Première Vision Designs was the highlight of their career so far. “It’s such a huge opportunity,” said Grace…

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Meet the Judges: The Woolmark Company TexSelect Award

10 September 2018 by Editor in Fashion, Features, Sponsors, Judges & Champions

Natasha Lenart of Victoria Beckham and Eda Karadogan of Ipekis are judging this year’s The Woolmark Company TexSelect Award. It’s one of the highlights of the TexSelect calendar – the judging and presentation of The Woolmark Company TexSelect Award in Paris at Première Vision Designs. The Woolmark Company has supported TexSelect since the charity was founded more than 40 years ago, with the Award established in 2011. It recognises design excellence in fabrics created with 60% or more Merino wool,…

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Meet the Sponsor: Debbie Buchan, AVACadCam Group Ltd

2 September 2018 by Editor in Fashion, Features, Home, Interiors & Auto, Sponsors, Judges & Champions

TexSelect has worked with the AVACadCam Group for three years now.  AVA supports financially, for which the not-for-profit organisation is most grateful, and by generously running one of their 5-day software courses each summer for a hand picked group of TexSelect designers at AVA’s HQ in Macclesfield, Cheshire. The 2018 designers selected were Cassie McDonald, Eve Campbell, Beth Porter, Sam Wilde, Florence Yexley, and also Hayley Chapman (who will do the course after Première Vision Designs). Of the experience, Cassie…

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Meet the judges : Helen Palmer, director of textiles, materials & knitwear at WGSN

22 August 2018 by Meghna Sarkar in Fashion, Features, Sponsors, Judges & Champions

Helen Palmer has worked in the textile industry for more than two decades and almost half of that with WGSN, the celebrated trend forecasting and analytics company. Earlier this year Helen agreed to be one of TexSelect’s 2018 judges, working with a panel of fellow experts to decide which of the 24 talented designers should be shortlisted for the 2018 TexSelect Fashion, Interiors, Colour and Pattern Prizes. Currently the director of textiles, materials & knitwear at WGSN, Helen initially studied…

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Meet the judges: Abigail Bomford, creative director of Camira Fabrics

15 July 2018 by Editor in Features, Home, Interiors & Auto, Sponsors, Judges & Champions

Abigail Bomford is creative director of one of the foremost West Yorkshire textile manufacturers Camira Fabrics.  She was also one of the judges of this year’s TexSelect Awards. We speak to her about creativity and working for Camira, a company that prides itself on making fabrics for spaces and places, from offices to schools, trains to buses, and shops to hospitals. In her role as creative director not only does Abigail provide the broad strategic vision for Camira’s global brand…

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TexSelect 2018: Notebook from London

8 July 2018 by Meghna Sarkar in Fashion, Features, Home, Interiors & Auto, Sponsors, Judges & Champions

The anticipation was palpable as 24 talented textile designers from across the UK prepared to showcase their work at the TexSelect London Preview (July 4-5). Highly innovative design work and mesmerizing colour and pattern, all mingled with an infectious creative energy. CLICK HERE to view designer profiles. Held in the Triangle gallery at Chelsea College of Arts, the event marked an important opportunity for the recently graduated designers to present their collections to hard-to-impress textile industry professionals. “This is my…

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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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