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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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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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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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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 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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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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