Texprint History


·      1972   Texprint was originally set up as part of the Design Council as a link between the skilled designers being trained at UK colleges and the textile industry. The costs of running the Texprint programme were primarily met by the Design Council and major (at the time) industry sponsors such as Courtaulds, IWS, ICI Fibres, Illingworth Morris, Marks & Spencer, Tootal, plus two City Livery Companies: The Drapers’ Company and The Worshipful Company of Weavers. 

·      1988   Government funding for the Design Council was withdrawn.  The current CEO Helga Goldman was responsible for Texprint while at the Design Council, and after its demise she set up her own business. 

·      Several key people from industry sponsors were also Design Council members, amongst them Terence Altham (IWS/Woolmark), Oliver Makower (The Drapers’ Company), David Harvey (journalist and industry commentator) and designer Anne Tyrrell MBE.   They believed passionately in Texprint, contacted The Drapers’ Company and the Worshipful Company of Weavers and the previous industry sponsors to raise funds, and invited Helga Goldman to run Texprint as an independent organisation and charity.  The Drapers’ Company, in particular Oliver Makower, played a vital part in the continuation of the Texprint programme at this crucial time. 

·      1989  Texprint showed at Fabrex, the UK professional textile exhibition now defunct, for the first time as an independent organisation. 

·      Present day  Texprint continues to be run as a charity; it is highly regarded as a unique incubator of textile design talent and is supported by sponsors connected to the International textile industry and by British charitable foundations. It is through their generous sponsorship that Texprint continues to grow.  Texprint works closely with all sponsors to ensure they too benefit from the relationship – knowing they are supporting British talent, encouraging innovative design, and in many cases, benefiting from early commercial access to innovative new ideas and textile concepts. The selected 24 designers are mentored and showcased at several international industry events, Texprint providing a vital link between college and the next steps in their careers.

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