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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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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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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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