The Woolmark Company TexSelect Award 2019
23 September 2019 by Roger Tredre in Features, Sponsors, Judges & Champions
Julie Davies, winner Jaeyong Kim, and judges Edward Crutchley and Alan Scott
Brilliant weave designer Jaeyong Kim won The Woolmark Company TexSelect Award in Paris on September 18. We sat in on the judging process.
He’s an unassuming kind of guy, one of the quieter members of this year’s TexSelect designer group. But then you see his work – and the world explodes. Jaeyong Kim is quite simply an amazingly talented and prolific designer of woven textiles, which look relatively conventional at first glance, then captivate the eye as you realise their complexity and brilliance.
Co-judge Alan Scott, Creative Director of Johnstons of Elgin, who viewed Jaeyong’s work in Paris on his stand at Première Vision Designs, came away delighted. “You look closely at the work and see how different it is, how sophisticated,” he said, speaking on the TexSelect stand. “Colour, proportion, technique. Stacks of stuff, beautifully designed, and with a modern edge. He could be employed in a second, but he’s already a designer in his own right. He has the strength to keep going doing his own thing.”
Drawing up a chair to join Scott, Edward Crutchley, menswear designer and co-judge, was equally enthusiastic: “What he has achieved is very hard in weave. It’s traditional and yet it feels modern, with a unique point of view.”
Jaeyong Kim’s former tutor was delighted. Philippa Brock, Woven Textile Pathway Leader on the BA Textile Design course at Central Saint Martins, said: “Jaeyong fully deserved this award. His work during the course was exceptional; he was focused and highly motivated. His understanding of his chosen market and the narrative of the collection was excellent – using this knowledge, he took risks to create highly innovative and wearable woven textiles.”
Also delighting the judges were Cindy Yu, whose intricate knitted designs are inspired by the rich colours and textures of Taiwan, and Emma Fallon, whose woven work combines traditional techniques with digital processes to create hand-woven surfaces with screen-printed embellishments. Of Fallon’s work, Alan Scott commented: “There’s a real design sensitivity in her work. Everything is very considered, and there’s a naturalness and purity about it.”
Julie Davis, General Manager, Processing Innovation & Education Extension, The Woolmark Company, presented the Award to Jaeyong Kim at Première Vision Designs. She said the work of all the young designers at TexSelect was truly extraordinary, and she urged them to stay loyal to their own personal creative vision even when they moved into the industry. “Don’t lose your extraordinary approach! Always push your boundaries.” She was, of course, preaching to the converted.
- The winner of The Woolmark Company TexSelect Award receives £1,000 plus ongoing support from The Woolmark Company and opportunities to learn about developments. The Woolmark Company is the global authority on wool. Through its extensive network of relationships spanning the international textile and fashion industries, the company highlights Australian wool’s position as the ultimate natural fibre and premier ingredient in luxury apparel. As part of its programme of investments, The Woolmark Company fosters the education and development of tertiary textile and fashion students, inspiring them in the early stage of their careers about the properties and benefits of Merino wool. woolmark.com