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Humphries Weaving: The Quest for His Majesty’s Silk

5 October 2018 by Editor in Home, Interiors & Auto, Textile Insights

This fascinating video highlights the chance discoveries that led to the weaving of ‘His Majesty’s Geranium and Gold Colour Silk’ for the restoration of the Saloon at Brighton’s Royal Pavilion. Restored to its stunning 1823 scheme of regal splendour, the saloon is again open to the public and celebrates the skill and artistry of today’s craftsmen and women who recreated the dazzling silver, gold and crimson decoration that George IV originally commissioned to reflect his status as King. Humphries Weaving…

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London’s Design Union Studio

20 August 2018 by Editor in Fashion, Textile Insights

As we head towards Première Vision Designs in Paris, September 19-21 we spotted this short video on the PV Paris website – SEE HERE.  We’re great fans of Eileen Gleeson and her team, especially as Eileen contributes valuable time almost every year to join the TexSelect interview panels, lending her experienced eye to help whittle down the 200-odd graduate submissions to the final 24 successful designers. The short video gives valuable insight into how the Design Union team works as they…

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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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What Is the Perfect Color Worth? Inside the mysterious art — and big business — of color forecasting

13 March 2018 by Editor in Textile Insights

Article written by BRUCE FALCONER, New York Times 28 February 2018: Last spring, a dozen people filtered into a sunny, whitewashed conference room on the seventh floor of the Royal College of Art, overlooking London’s Hyde Park. Mostly Western Europeans from different precincts of the fashion industry, they had been called together by a British man named David Shah, editor and publisher of the Pantone View Colour Planner. The book, issued each February and August, is a four-ring binder containing pigment and…

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Ratti SpA: Discover the Art of Printing on Fabric

16 January 2018 by Editor in Textile Insights

Published with permission of master Italian printer Ratti and Blossom / Première Vision Paris, both sponsors of TexSelect. This video illustrates a unique immersion in artisanal know-how. Ratti owns a large collection of printing plates; the wood and copper plates are veritable masterpieces of traditional craftsmanship, and the Ratti archives, acquired in the 1970s, recount the history of pre-1900 textile designs. “Today as in the past, breathing life into silk is an art.” “This is a way to share our…

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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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Materials Alchemist Lauren Bowker / TEDxBermuda

9 December 2016 by Editor in Textile Insights

As ever Texprint 2011 alumna and materials alchemist Lauren Bowker is creating a stir. This talk was given at a TEDxBermuda event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Royal College of Art graduate Bowker has created an ink that changes colour based on the environment.

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