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The Selection Process 2011 – judge Sue Timney

24 June 2011 by TexSelect in Sponsors, Judges & Champions

Sue Timney: poetry in black and white

“I want to be surprised,” says design supremo and Texprint 2011 judge Sue Timney. “I want to see work with a wow factor that’s so fabulous that you wish you’d done it yourself.”

On July 13, Sue — along with fellow judges Orla Kiely, David Shah and Stuart Stockdale — will select this year’s special prize winners for Body, Space, Colour and Pattern from the 24 designers chosen to take part in Texprint’s 2011 programme from the UK’s textile design degree courses.

“I’m looking for something new that grabs my eye and a consistency of message throughout the work — strength, power and determination. And then look at the academic aspects behind the work,” she states with the experience of a visiting professor in textiles at the RCA.

Sue trained Carlisle College of Art and Design and later at the RCA and is full of praise for the UK’s art school system: “It has been and still is the best in the world. Without it we couldn’t have this fabulous reputation for our textiles. The textile designers it produces are unique and go on to be international stars or support international companies.”

Sue is a textile designer, interior decorator and stylist. “Textile design is the foundation of all the results within fashion and interior surfaces,” she says. With her former husband Grahame Fowler, she founded the renowned design company Timney-Fowler which brought to homes and fashion a bold and clean design aesthetic featuring classical heads, Victorian prints and strong stripes.

Since taking over the company in 2001 Sue has gone on to have a retrospective of her work at the Fashion and Textile Museum, London and has published a book of her work, fittingly titled Making Marks – Sue Timney and the designs of Timney-Fowler. Timney clothing and home decoration are on sale through House of Fraser.

To newcomers wanting to put their own stamp on the marketplace, she gives this advice: “Keep your options open and never close your mind to opportunities that come your way — even if it’s not directly what you are aiming for. It takes persistence and an open mind.”

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