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 latest collaboration their creative director Jeremy Somers notes: “One of the most important messages to get across was, as always, to be original. We wanted specifically to show the reader the limitations of using social media as a source of ideas. Indeed the capital of beauty should not be scraped off the floor of social media, but whole heartedly embraced and invested in – felt, smelt, touched and heard…”
“It was with pleasure that we welcomed Lucy and Kate to our studio to add their fresh creative handwriting to our story The Fluidity of Thought, a forecast which we created both for Textile View and also for our website and social media.”
The Fluidity of Thought direction is loosely based around the idea of synesthesia, a perceptual phenomenon of the senses that in the context of textile design indicates a total whirlwind of ideas.
Somers continues, “Starting the project was a lot of fun. We began by writing down a series of words that we all felt had relevance. We then took the words and randomly placed them together to create new titles for our themes. Then came the colour and finally the design inspiration leading to the creation of six amazing themes within the story.”
“Lucy created some beautiful designs which we printed and made up into costumes to be shot by our collaborating photographer James Champion. Lucy was there to style the shoot for her part of the story and to offer general support after a very early morning start.”
“For her part Kate Connell produced some amazing drawings illustrating the trends which we will be publishing on our website and social media over the next few months. It has been such a pleasure to support Texselect alumni, and a pleasure working with Lucy and Kate. We were extremely happy with the results, a great job all round.”
The full story The Fluidity of Thought can be seen in Textile View Magazine #121, Spring 2018, released at Première Vision Paris 13-15 February 2018 – some images from the feature below: