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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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