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New Horizons: Chloe Hamblin, David Bradley and Lok Ting Carol Pau
25 January 2012 by Joyce Thornton
We catch up with more of the talented young designers who exhibited with Texprint in 2011. Here Chloe Hamblin, David Bradley and Lok Ting Carol Pau give an update on their career paths so far.
Chloe Hamblin with her work
Texprint Colour prize winner, Chloe Hamblin is now working full time as a surface designer at Roland Mouret. “I am extremely pleased - the introduction was made while exhibiting with Texprint at Indigo, Paris where I sold some prints to the company - after this came the offer of employment. That meeting was an invaluable part of Indigo for me!” says Chloe. “I also made sales to many other companies and had some pieces commissioned by another fashion designer. The whole Texprint experience has been one of the most insightful, encouraging and valued times of my life.”
David Bradley dress detail
Talented print specialist David Bradley, winner of the Texprint Body prize, is currently freelancing and pursuing various avenues in his new career. Since graduating, he has had his work promoted by Showstudio after creating dresses for Björk. David says: “Sadly the dresses didn’t make the cut for the album cover, but these were passed back to London via a stylist who liked them so much they asked me to make more.” David says that his Texprint experience has given him a much more focused direction for his work. “I now feel much more at ease as a designer and this experience has given me the confidence I needed to finally view myself as one."
David Bradley with his work
"I am incredibly grateful to have been selected and to have been involved in all of the Texprint trips. Each and every one gave me an insight into the workings of so many facets of the industry I would not have had access to. It was a fantastic opportunity to travel and exhibit work on an international level, but also to make strong bonds with other textile graduates.”
Lok Ting Carol Pau print detail
Print specialist Lok Ting Carol Pau spent two months working at Clerici Tessuto in Como after exhibiting with Texprint. She says: “Texprint has given me such a fantastic insight into the textile industry. This has been a unique opportunity to learn about copyright, how to sell as a freelancer and to really prepare for my future as a textile designer. I took part in the Breaking Boundaries project created by Marks & Spencer and ATT Concorde, which resulted in one of my designs being bought and included in the Per Una line as a limited edition.
Carol creating swimwear designs for Parah. Her designs will be shown at Maredimoda, Cannes this spring.
At Indigo, Paris, I made sales to companies such as Agnès B, Nike and Accessorize. Texprint did an amazing job in promoting us all as young designers; it has allowed me to make plenty of contacts and promote myself professionally to the right people in the industry. I feel like I have leapt so far since graduation and have had a wonderful chance to meet other young designers all around Britain.”
Look out for further updates on the Texprint 24 throughout 2012.