FEATURES: Judges & Winners

Texprint Council: new member Andrew Stevenson of Paul Smith

13 June 2017 by Harriet Wolstenholme & Marijn Brok

Texprint alumnus Andrew Stevenson, now a senior textile designer at Paul Smith, has joined the Texprint Council which meets twice-yearly to monitor and review how the charity is performing against its aims and objectives. We talked to him about his career and memories of Texprint.

The interior of the Paul Smith head office in central London has the exact quirky ambience you’d expect from the designer. Andrew Stevenson, who has been working as a woven and printed textile designer at the company for four years, fits in perfectly – relaxed and stylish, but with a quirky silver nose ring.  

Before all this, there was the student Andrew. In 2010 he graduated from the Royal College of Art and won both the Texprint Chairman’s Prize and Interior Fashion Prize. Winning the accolades boosted the young designer’s confidence. “I think it is great recognition for what you’ve done, because at university you’re in this closed world just looking out,” he says.

From Andrew's RCA weave collection 2010

Andrew Stevenson has worked twice at Paul Smith, leaving for a while to join Tom Ford as a womenswear fabric designer. He recalls “an incredible experience that really rooted my knowledge in fashion and textiles.” He worked in a small team and was involved in every single aspect of the design process: “Tom Ford is brilliant, really charismatic and friendly.”

But then Paul Smith came back to him with an excellent offer, so Andrew returned to the menswear department, developing both woven and printed textiles. Four years later, he appreciates the playful creative environment of the company. “It is a brand that really celebrates textiles and fabrics,” he says.

The London headquarters of Paul Smith has creativity built into its DNA!

It’s an involvement that perhaps was written in the stars from the start. It had always been a dream of Andrew’s to work for a brand such as Paul Smith. Born and raised in Northern Ireland, his interest in fashion was a natural progression from his youth. “When I was younger I was always inspired by, and wanted to wear Paul Smith,” Andrew recalls. “I first saw a Paul Smith shirt when I was on a school trip and thought it was amazing.”

Despite working for a brand with a strong and long-established design signature, Stevenson enjoys plenty of room for creativity and implementing his own ideas. “I think you are hired for your handwriting and your DNA, which is great – and it does develop and change a bit for every brand,” he explains. “I have developed a knowledge of the market, and Paul Smith’s colour sensitivity.”

Paul Smith spring/summer 2016 collection

Now Stevenson is returning to Texprint, this time as a new member of the Texprint Council. “I am really glad I have kept in touch because I think what Texprint does is really exciting. It’s really beneficial for students to have this kind of exposure when they leave university.”

The designer understands the pressures of the industry and what young designers have to endure after graduating. He treasures “the advice that I received on what it is like to work for a company and how to present and price your work.” That’s knowledge he now intends to share with a new generation of aspiring textile designers.

He thinks that London is an amazing platform for textile designers starting out. However the economics of the industry have changed a lot, he notes. “Especially since Brexit. As a company we have to negotiate for that, because we work so much with mills in Italy, Portugal, all over Europe.”

Stevenson believes it is important for fresh talent to be as open-minded as possible. “You need to open your eyes to what fabric can do, whether it is in a collaboration with an engineer or an astronaut.” But ultimately it comes down to aesthetics for Stevenson: “What the kids come up with is really exciting, really fresh. Innovation doesn’t have to be through LED lights or 3D sculpture. It can be aesthetic as well.”

Attitude and personality are important if you want to make it in this industry. “This is really important – as well as how your work fits in aesthetically.” Experienceis invaluable too. “It is great if you can get an internship – something which I didn’t do and always wish I had,” he admits.

Meet the 2017 judges: Eric Musgrave, fashion industry consultant and writer

05 June 2017 by Celia Fernández-Carnicero

Photo credit: Laura Lewis

Eric Musgrave has joined the judging panel for this year’s Texprint awards. We spoke to him about his love for textiles and observations on the changing industry.

Walk…

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Meet the 2017 judges: Elsa May, Product Manager Fashion of Première Vision Paris

17 May 2017 by Roger Tredre

Elsa May of Première Vision is one of the judges of this year’s Texprint Awards. We spoke to her about creativity and working for PV.

Elsa May is…

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Texprint alumna stories: Cherica Haye, designer, Rolls-Royce Bespoke

17 April 2017 by Roger Tredre

Cherica Haye, a Texprint designer in 2013, now creates beautiful car interiors for Rolls-Royce.

She’s a designer who specialises in material makeup and innovation for the luxury goods…

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ComOn 2016: the designer’s view from Como

10 December 2016 by Editor

The Italian trade organisation Unindustria Como represents a core of 300 Como-based textile companies and is responsible for organising the ComON programme, now in its tenth year.

Unindustria…

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Texprint at Intertextile Shanghai, October 2016

25 November 2016 by Editor

Amy Smith and Jacob Monk on The Bund against the iconic Shanghai skyline

October 2016 saw Texprint exhibit for the fourth time at Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics sponsored by Messe Frankfurt (HK), and again it was an incredibly positive experience for two…

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Meet the Sponsor: Julie Davies, The Woolmark Company

02 November 2016 by Roger Tredre

Judging The Woolmark Company Texprint Award 2016 at Première Vision Designs

Texprint has worked with TWC for much of its 40-year existence, and the synergy of interests between the two parties has been nurtured by a succession of remarkable individuals.

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Texprint 2016 Paris: Première Vision Designs

15 September 2016 by Roger Tredre

Texprint’s young designers exhibit for the first time on the international stage at PremièreVision Designs in Paris. We report on a very special three days.

The 24 young…

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Judges for The Woolmark Company Texprint Award Announced

11 September 2016 by Editor

The judges for this year’s The Woolmark Company Texprint Award have been announced. They are Aline Galimberti, chief designer of Dormeuil, and Jonathan Christopher, the 2015-16 European menswear finalist…

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Introducing Texprint 2016 prize presenter: Martin Leuthold, Artistic Director, Jakob Schlaepfer

06 September 2016 by Roger Tredre

Martin Leuthold

He’s a legend in the textile industry. Switzerland’s Martin Leuthold has devoted his career to working for one company, Jakob Schlaepfer, renowned for its innovative textiles for both the…

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New era design: AVA CAD/CAM

11 August 2016 by Editor

The design process is being transformed through the innovative use of new-generation software. Texprint designers checked out the potential of AVA CAD/CAM on a training course this August.

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Texprint 2016: Notebook from London

07 July 2016 by Roger Tredre

How events unfolded at Texprint London 2016 as designers, judges and industry guests gathered at Chelsea College of Arts.

The sun came out for Texprint’s London preview (July…

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Meet the Judges: Pip Jenkins, Head of Design, John Smedley

29 June 2016 by Roger Tredre

Pip Jenkins, Head of Design at John Smedley, has joined the judging panel for Texprint 2016. We spoke to her about her work.

It’s one of the world’s…

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Meet the Judges: Fi Douglas, bluebellgray

17 June 2016 by Roger Tredre

Photo credit: David Pike

The creative director of Glasgow-based bluebellgray is one of the judges of Texprint 2016. Here, Fi Douglas tells us about her working life.

In little more than seven…

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Meet the Judges: Nadia Albertini, couture embroidery designer

30 May 2016 by Roger Tredre

Photo credit: Anne Laure Camilleri

Mexican-born embroidery designer Nadia Albertini, who worked for many years with leading fashion names in Paris, is now based in New York. And she’s coming to London to judge…

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Hero mentoring: helping a new generation of designers

21 March 2016 by Roger Tredre

Hilary Scarlett, Hero Mentor and Texprint alumna

Texprint has stepped up its support for new designers through a Hero Mentoring scheme that is proving very popular.

It could be said that Texprint is one giant…

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Texprint heads east: Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics

25 November 2015 by Editor

Texprint headed east this autumn to exhibit for a third consecutive year at Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics (October 13–15), sponsored by Messe Frankfurt (HK) and The Woolmark Company.

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Jessica Leclere wins Woolmark Company Texprint Award 2015

24 September 2015 by Roger Tredre

Winner Jessica Leclere shows her work to Franco Fabrello and Kit Neale

Texprint's long links with The Woolmark Company are celebrated each year with the award of a prize in Paris at Première Vision Designs.

The judging for the Woolmark…

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Texprint 2015 Paris: Première Vision Designs

18 September 2015 by Roger Tredre

Prize presenter Rosita Missoni with Texprint creative director, Peter Ring-Lefevre

The participation of all the Texprint designers in Première Vision Designs in Paris is the climax of the Texprint year. Here’s what happened.

It’s the ultimate challenge – the…

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WGSN report: Texprint 2015 Designers

30 July 2015 by Editor

WGSN is a foundation sponsor of Texprint and believes strongly in the value and importance of supporting emerging creative talent. Its comprehensive report, reproduced below, was written and created…

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Texprint 2015: Notebook from London

06 July 2015 by Roger Tredre

2015 judge Sarah Lowry (Aston Martin Lagonda) reviews the work of designer Nicola Costello

Here’s the inside story of Texprint London 2015, from the interview process to show time at the annual exhibition.

Texprint’s London preview was staged during the hottest weather…

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Meet the judges: Ariane Bigot, associate fashion director of Première Vision Paris

22 June 2015 by Roger Tredre

For the past 15 years, Ariane Bigot, associate fashion director of Pascaline Wilhelm, has worked directly with Première Vision.  Now she brings her wealth of experience to the task of…

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Meet the judges: Sarah Lowry, colour & materials designer at Aston Martin Lagonda

16 June 2015 by Roger Tredre

Sarah Lowry sitting in a bespoke Aston Martin DB9 Volante Q

We talk to Texprint judge Sarah Lowry, colour & materials designer at luxury British sports car manufacturer Aston Martin Lagonda.

The distinguished judging line-up for Texprint 2015 includes…

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Meet the judges: Nicholas Oakwell of Nicholas Oakwell Couture

11 June 2015 by Sarah Waldron

Couturier Nicholas Oakwell talks textiles, embellishment and designing with Sarah Waldron.  Nicholas joins the Texprint 2015 judging panel end June to select this year's prize winners.

If Charles…

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Meet the judges: Julie Hall, head of design, Bedeck

26 May 2015 by Roger Tredre

We talk to Texprint judge Julie Hall, head of design at Bedeck, which is also sponsoring a new award with Texprint.

Textiles for bedding and bathroom are at…

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Winning the first Miroglio Texprint Award: Charlotte Hetheridge

20 February 2015 by Editor

Back in September 2014 at Indigo/PV, the first Miroglio Texprint Award for Digital Innovation was awarded to print designer and Royal College of Art graduate Charlotte Hetheridge.  Besides…

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Surface View: the Texprint 2014 EDITS collection

15 January 2015 by Roger Tredre

© Jessica Stewart sketchbook

Five of this year's Texprint designers have created an outstanding home textiles collection titled Texprint 2014 EDITS in collaboration with Surface View, the bespoke interior decoration company.

Everyone…

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