Selection Process

Texprint is renowned for its unique and rigorous selection process. 

Each year, shortly after Easter, Texprint invites tutors of all BA and MA textile design courses across the UK to nominate their most creative final year students who will graduate that summer.  As there can only be 24 graduates chosen (due to funding and exhibiting restrictions), the tutors are asked to keep their selection to three from each major discipline and to list in order of priority.  We strive to give an interview to every graduate nominated and ensure there is a representative range of colleges reflecting the size and variety of textile courses. 

In June each year over 200 textile graduates are invited to interview in one-to-one sessions with their portfolios. 

The interviews are held over three weeks and led by Peter Ring-Lefevre, Texprint's creative director.  Each day's interview panel comprises different industry experts including educationalists who generously give their time to take part in this first, crucial stage of the Texprint selection process.

Applicants are judged on the standard of their creative work, their skills, their ability to communicate their concepts and interact with others, and their potential to make full use of the opportunities offered for an international audience.

Our aim is to mentor each graduate interviewed and to promote their creative skills to the industry, media and related organisations that can help their career launch. 24 designers from across the UK are finally selected, their work representing a cross-section of all textile disciplines - weave, knit, print and mixed media. 

The selected 24 designers are mentored and showcased at several industry events:

Texprint London is Texprint’s preview presentation, held in July in London exclusively for Texprint supporters, press, college tutors and industry VIPs – it is a great opportunity for our sponsors to enjoy their first view of the designers’ outstanding work.  We also invite leading figures in the industry to judge the TEXPRINT® AWARDS for Fashion, Interiors, Colour and Pattern.

A series of Mentoring Workshops are held during the Texprint London event.  These are led by experts working in industry and are intended to introduce the designers to the best professional practices, preparing them for some of the situations that might arise as they sell their work internationally, or simply to ask advice and direction.

The main Texprint showcase of work is held in September at Première Vision Designs, Paris, the international textile design specialty show, and part of Première Vision Pluriel, which groups together Europe's most important fashion fabrics, yarn, textile design and accessories fairs.  Here each designer has their own professional stand within the Texprint 'village' - this is a unique opportunity to meet international buyers and make invaluable contacts, receive commissions, meet and network with industry and press.

The Woolmark Company Texprint Award, donated by The Woolmark Company, is judged and presented at Première Vision Designs.

All winners are announced at the Texprint Awards Presentation, an event held at Première Vision Designs and attended by industry professionals, press and supporters, and a great opportunity to promote the talent of British textile designers to an international audience.

In addition, Texprint is sponsored to exhibit at Intertextile Shanghai in October where the work of Texprint special prizewinners is presented. 

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