Features: Alumni

Texprint connects industry to selected graduate designers just emerging from college or university - also to Texprint alumni, many of whom now enjoy high profile creative roles within the international textile, fashion and interior design industries. Their success in industry, and in many cases, the success of their own studios and brands, are testimony to the Texprint programme.  Many continue to support Texprint in a variety of ways.

If you are a Texprint alumnus, tell us what you're doing now, we would love to hear from you - info@texprint.org.uk


Josie Warden embroidered textile

Josie Warden; Indian journey inspires sustainable futures

20 March 2011

Passionate about sustainable design and ethical production, Texprint’s Josie Warden and fellow textile graduate Isolde Jaspard Mandy embarked on a three month long fact finding trip to India in September last year.

A graduate of University College Falmouth and one of the Texprint stars of 2010, Josie’s textile work encompasses both embroidery and print. Through Texprint’s connections, Josie secured an internship with Cosmique Global, a design and manufacturing company based in Delhi, which is where the friends began their Indian adventure.

Josie told us, “Director Sandeep Manakatala has had a long connection with Texprint, creating opportunities for UK design graduates, at the same time as developing new ideas for his company. This opportunity formed an amazing start to our Indian visit and provided an invaluable experience for us.”  The remainder of their trip was a whirl of activity and the pair visited many other companies and organisations, including a visit to the renowned Pearl Academy in Delhi, making new friends and connections along the way. Back in the UK, Josie and Isolde have used their experiences and knowledge to inform their newly launched on-line resource hub, Thread. One of the central aims of the Thread project is to highlight initiatives that textile and manufacturing companies are taking to create a future where ethical production is widely embraced. The Thread website is also being developed to link design students, graduates and producers – in the UK and abroad. The intention is to make a dynamic on-line destination that will feature interviews with ethical designers, brand profiles and outreach lectures, as well as offering students the opportunity to submit reports. Following a recent lecture on the project, University College Falmouth will link with Kushala Kala Kendra in India in a cross-cultural exchange programme this summer. 

As well as her commitment to Thread, Josie is freelancing for several studios and working towards developing her own collection of accessories with an organisation supporting embroiderers, discovered during the Indian trip. The end of one inspiring journey has opened the way for exciting possibilities to marry creativity with ethical principles and make a difference for the future.

To contact Josie and find out more about the Thread project


Emma Bradbury Texprint 2010

Emma Bradbury - designs for Daks at London Fashion Week

13 March 2011

Texprint caught up with another of 2010’s stars, Emma Bradbury, who has been madly busy working on a number of exciting projects. Most recently Emma has been working with London based brand Daks on their latest Womenswear collection which was shown at London Fashion Week last month.  

This great opportunity evolved from Emma’s success in a Daks sponsored design competition, whilst at the RCA. She has designed and made a range of sweaters, scarves and other separates to fit in with Daks 'British Heritage' theme. This commission was a perfect fit for Emma, she told us,” It was a great project which brought together my love of traditional knitting techniques, British heritage, design and fashion.  It was very exciting to see my work on the catwalk at Somerset House!”

Emma’s designs for Daks utilised some top quality British yarns, including Shetland and Blue Faced Leicester wool. She was able to work directly with Yorkshire based spinners, Laxons, who created a bespoke British yarn for her as part of the project. She hopes that the successful collaboration with Daks will continue, but she is also working with Orkney based design company, 'Tait and Style' on a new collection of scarves and accessories.

As part of the Texprint showcase at Indigo, Paris, Emma was also approached by New York based company, Kate Spade, who snapped up some of her designs. She says, “I’m very much looking forward to see how they use my designs in their collection”. She added, “Being chosen for Texprint 2010 has been an invaluable experience. The support, encouragement and advice given by the Texprint team has been extremely important to me in these first few months since graduating, and has provided me with professional skills regarding pricing, negotiating and invoicing”.

To contact Emma or to find out more about her recent projects


Rupert Newman design with light projection

Rupert Newman - illuminating textiles

06 March 2011

Rupert Newman, one of Texprint’s alumni from 2006, is challenging the traditional boundaries of print, adding sound, animation and light projection to bring surface pattern to life. His mission includes not only involving the viewer in his magical pieces, but empowering them by giving control over their experience. Rupert, who graduated with an MA in Textile Design from the Royal College of Art last year, told us, “I not only aim to stimulate and bombard the senses with a variety of colours, textures, shapes and sounds, but also to provide the viewer with the ability to choose, control and manipulate this ‘palette’ with both predetermined and unpredictable material”.

Rupert’s approach is radically modern and alters the traditional artist/spectator relationship, as he explains, “I want to give the element of control back to them. I want them to explore the boundaries of my work in their individual ways”.
His recent work has clear recreational and therapeutic benefits and his installations have had great reactions from the public, having been shown at a variety of venues; at music festivals and nightclubs, as well as galleries. He created a quite a stir for a client in Chiswick, London recently, with his beautiful projection drawing attention to a showroom during a special event.

Currently in the process of planning an exciting new exhibition, to be held in Brixton, London later this spring, Rupert plans a variety of contrasting fabrics and light projections all accompanied by individual sounds, heard though wireless headphones. He is also beginning to explore how his work might be harnessed in sensory rooms, or play a role in product showrooms, or as window installations. Rupert Newman’s future looks as bright and exciting as his innovative work.


Holly Bradley Gill’s taste of Italy

23 February 2011

Texprint caught up with 2010 star, Holly Bradley Gill this week, just before she jetted off to work in Italy for six months. This great opportunity emerged as a direct result of Texprint’s connections with some of the prestigious Italian mills. Holly was offered a paid placement with the Marzotto company following the Texprint showcase. In Italy, she will work between Guabello in Biella, a mill producing mainly menswear fabrics, and Esthehia gb Gonte in Vicenza, who produce fabrics for womenswear. She told us, “Texprint has helped me so much since graduating!”

Winner of the Texprint 2010 Weave Prize, Holly’s “beautiful colour-sense” was praised by judges. Her detailed, delicate fabrics were inspired by wartime Britain. Her nostalgic graduate collection referenced WW2 ration booklets, coupons and other old documents from her visits to the Imperial War Museum’s research area. She told us, “I love this era, - I loved the colours and the marks on the old paper; they had been used and had stories behind them. I wanted to produce fabrics that looked like heirlooms. Fabrics that are special and have the impression of having been loved - hinting at times gone by”.

Her passion for weave emerged in her first year at Central Saint Martins, she says, “When I first tried weaving, something just clicked. It felt right doing it. I like how stable it feels; once you’re threaded up and ready, you’re secure. There’s also a great feeling of the unknown about weaving” Her success at CSM included being Highly Commended in the Rosemary House Creative Weaver Award in 2009. Holly says, “I think weavers have a definite temperament - its quite methodical, repetitive work, so you need patience. It’s also mathematical, and so if you are pragmatic and enjoying solving problems that helps!”

Holly’s future plans are focused on setting up her own business as a designer-maker. She believes her time in Italy will give her an invaluable insight into how the industry works. Her own business plan is ready to put into action on her return to the UK. Holly’s talent coupled with her clear head and determination look set to be a recipe for future success.  

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