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Ella Robinson at Talking Textiles, Milan

22 April 2011 by TexSelect in Alumni Stories, Home, Interiors & Auto

The recent Talking Textiles exhibition in Milan, curated by forecasting guru Li Edelkoort, featured the work of 23 newly graduated textile designers, 18 of whom gained their degrees from UK universities and two were Texprint alumni; Ella Robinson and Laura McPherson.

We caught up with Ella on her return to find out more about her experience. She said: “We had an overwhelmingly positive response from visitors to the show; I have never seen so many people taking continuous photographs! The gallery was a riot of colour, texture, experimentation and interesting techniques and I think that visitors warmed to it very much; there was something for everyone.”

Ella thought the exhibition stood out from the work in surrounding galleries. It attracted visitors with many different perspectives and some high profile industry guests including Rosita Missoni.

As a learning experience, Ella felt the trip was invaluable. She said: “Ventura Lambrate is a very creative and welcoming environment. It was fascinating to see how the gallery was transformed from an empty space on Saturday in readiness for the show. I learnt the importance of having a press pack when you do such a big show – and to have lots of them printed. Not many of us had brought enough cards, so that was a tough lesson to learn.” However, the benefits of her exposure at the exhibition are already emerging. Apart from making lots of new contacts, her work has featured in various design blogs and she connected with other creative people with a view to future collaborations.

Ella managed to stay in Milan for the duration of the exhibition, maximising her resources by camping with a friend instead of staying in a hotel. She explained: “It's been great to meet new people with similar interests, especially those who have strong and interesting work that pushes the boundaries and preconceptions of textiles.”

Laura, too, was thrilled to have her work included, but unfortunately was unable to go to Milan. She said: “The Talking Textiles initiative was an excellent opportunity to showcase the innovative work of textile designers. I was very excited to be part of it.”

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