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Texprint in China: the 10 Spinexpo travel prize winners exhibit their work in Shanghai
07 September 2011 by GGHQ Fashion Intelligence
The winners of the Spinexpo travel prize are presenting their creative and diverse work at the international exhibition of yarn and fibres for the knitwear industry, held at the new World Expo and Conference Centre in the Pudong district of the city, the site of last year’s World Expo. The show opened September 6 and closes tomorrow, September 8, 2011.
The Texprint group display presents the edited highlights from 10 graduate textile designers’ collections as part of Spinexpo’s New Generation presentation of trends for autumn/winter 2012. The designers taking part are Harri Batty, Lauren Bowker, David Bradley, Chloe Hamblin, Amy Lewis, Karina Klucnika, Emma Shipley, Harriet Toogood, Catherine Tremellen and Egle Vaituleviciute.
Chloe Hamblin speaking with Peter Wickenden, consul, head of trade.
On opening day Peter Wickenden, consul, head of trade, and Fran Fu, senior trade & investment officer, from the British Consulate-General Shanghai, came to meet the designers to find out more about their work and offer insight into business opportunities in China.
Interest in the Texprint programme and in the designers’ work from the Chinese fashion and design press has been high: two meetings were held yesterday to brief journalists from magazines including China Textile, China Apparel, China Textile Leader and View International Fashion & Fabrics China. Taking part in the first meeting, Peter Wickenden said the Texprint group showed that the UK is “a hugely creative country, bursting with talent and innovation – this is an excellent follow up to the British pavilion at the Expo”. He added that the UK offers not just creative talent but excellent educational opportunities and training in these fields, noting that 80,000 Chinese students are studying in the UK.
Fashion market professionals from Europe, the US, Asia and Australia have been very excited by the technical and aesthetic excellence presented by the designers. Visitors to the stand include brands, retailers, knitters and spinners, notably Burberry, Marks & Spencer, Hugo Boss, Lineapiu, Mohair South Africa, Lanificio Dell’Olivo and Esquel Group.
Spinexpo Travel prize winners exhibit with Texprint in Shanghai
In speaking with the Texprint group, it’s clear they are maximising the experience of participating in the show, learning about marketing, presentation and international business relations and more besides. “It’s exciting to learn how a show like this works; how trends are put together; what it’s like to be an exhibitor rather than a visitor to a show and how that opens up your connections in the industry even more,” said knit designer Harri Batty, who participated in yesterday’s press meetings. “It’s wonderful to have a response from another part of the world, up until now I had only shown my work in the UK.”
During the show’s set up the designers assisted Spinexpo’s creative director and Texprint alumna Sophie Steller to put together the central trends displays, gaining valuable insight into the workings of an international fashion trade event. Texprint’s Colour prize winner Chloe Hamblin said: “I’m learning about event curation and what business opportunities are out there beyond being a designer-maker such as colour and design consultation.”
The designers are taking the opportunity to meet with Spinexpo’s exhibitors, forging links and learning more about the market. Printer Lauren Bowker said: “It’s a good way to meet suppliers and manufacturers. I thought minimums would be a lot higher. By the end of these three days we will have made lots of great contacts, thanks to Karine Van Tassel [head of Spinexpo] who has been very generous in helping us with information.”
The Texprint 24: 2011’s mixed media mavericks
02 September 2011 by Joyce Thornton
Many of the designers among this year’s Texprint 24 are pushing the definition of textiles in the 21st century, employing both their skills and the power of their imaginations to explore many new exciting avenues.
Lauren Bowker (RCA MA) has a unique approach that fuses creativity with scientific curiosity. In her recent work she uses thermal chromatic dyes to create experimental textiles and installations. Lauren is fascinated by the possibilities of "making the invisible, visible". Her work spans a wide ranging sphere; from looking at practical applications for use in sportswear, to creating extravagant, intriguing installations that capture the imagination.
Central Saint Martins graduate Tianmo Wang's playful and colourful textiles are inspired by traditional costumes from Montenegro - and also by encapsulating memories of the famous Central Saint Martins print room. Momo refelcts on the personal, emotional effect of the college's move to it's new location in London's Kings Cross, translating her ideas into imagainitive, adventurous yet wearable pieces.
Quirky, colourful graphic characters and creatures are the focus of University College Falmouth graduate Rhiannon Williams's work. Employing print, appliqué, embroidery and beading, her pieces exude naive charm and focus on everyday observations. Her fabrics have great personality and appeal particularly to contemporary markets.
Lok Ting Carol Pau
Lok Ting Carol Pau from Central St Martins, works imaginatively, creating fantastic scenarios to inspire her textiles. She mixes digital technology and hand crafted processes to create her vibrant printed and woven fabrics, moving effortlessly between the two disciplines.
University College Falmouth graduate Abigail Gardiner finds inspiration in the Art Deco period and in oriental design, for her sumptuous embroidered and beaded fabrics. Creating through ‘doing’, her bold, imaginative and intricate pieces adorn silk, velvet, wool and leather. Abilgail’s prolific output reflects her passion and dedication to her work.
RCA MA graduate Marie Parsons's diverse inspirations are fired by her travels and her own photography. Material investigation informs her distinctive personal style, which she applies to both interiors and fashion. As well as creating impressive decorative items for interiors, Marie has already collaborated with fashion designers, including Louise Gray - producing striking, decorative accessories for catwalk shows.
Finally, Birmingham City University graduate Alydia Cooper’s vibrant and decorative embroidered fabrics have great tactile qualities. The fun creepy crawlies of her Blissful Bugs collection
The work of all of the Texprint 24 can be seen soon at Indigo, part of Première Vision Pluriel, in Paris, September 20-22, 2011.
The Texprint 24: 2011’s print pioneers
28 August 2011 by Joyce Thornton
The printed textile designers chosen for Texprint 2011 are injecting new dynamics into both fashion and interior fields through their individual visions and skilled applications.
RCA MA graduate Emma Shipley's meticulously precise drawings from the natural world are distinctive and beautiful. She translates her original artwork into detailed prints for her coetable scarves and her work also has wide application for interiors; she has created fabric, rugs and wallpaper. Her current imagery features exotic animals, including apes, tigers and snakes depicted in a decorative tangle of lush vegetation.
Chelsea College of Art graduate Georgia Dorey creates interchangeable, wearable garments to showcase her talent in printed textiles. Inspired by the seasons, she explores experimental processes across wide ranging fabric bases. Georgia has a light-hearted approach, her garments and accessories possess a playful quality – but the depth of her investigation into the possibilities of print is thorough and serious. She says: “My work explores the idea that a textile surface can work with the human form to shape, alter, enhance or even aid the wearer.”
David Bradley (RCA MA) creates dazzling textiles for fashion, inspired by the illusion of movement in surface pattern. Colour, pattern, pleating and layering create mesmerising effects, for which he won the Texprint Body prize.
Chelsea College of Art graduate Holly Holmes presents a fresh, contemporary print collection for fashion with a focus on graphic shapes, clean lines and sharp colour. Mixing digital print with traditional screen-printing, her designs show an evident a retro flavour. Holly’s bold, fun handwriting works perfectly for both fashion and interiors.
Allison Pilling, who graduated from Leeds College of Art and Design, creates gloriously rich prints inspired by the 1960s: she mixes references from the music of the period, the Space Race and paisley scarves to create her intricate and desirable pieces. She combines exotic, kaleidoscopic colour with clever, layered complex pattern and distinctive quirky touches in her outstanding work.
Nottingham Trent University graduate Toni Lake has excellent drawing skills that underpin her beautiful prints. She gleans her original images from the natural world and she uses pencil, watercolour and other media to create the meticulous artwork for her textiles. Her illustrative designs have a narrative quality and hint at fairytales and fables behind the imagery.
Finally, Beth Pryer from Bucks New University creates multi-layered, sumptuously-coloured and complex prints that have a random, almost chaotic beauty. Psychedelic and bohemian qualities can be detected in her experimental use of colour and pattern. Multi- layered, oriental and floral inspirations have combined to create exciting and fresh modern textiles.
The Texprint 24: 2011’s new knit specialists
19 August 2011 by Joyce Thornton
The knitted textile designers selected to take part in this year’s Texprint programme take a thoroughly modern approach to their work using unexpected sources of inspiration and a mixture of techniques including over-printing, bleaching, appliqué and the creation of new yarns and structures to produce beautiful, innovative textiles
Catherine Tremellen (RCA MA) creates fresh, clever, contemporary knits that exude relaxed sophistication. Catherine is inspired by the random, unusual colour combinations she finds in thrift shops and in piles of stacked books and magazines. She uses a palette of soft yet bright, sketchy colour in her lovely striped knit collection, which she enhances by over-printing, bleaching and foiling. Catherine also creates scarves, shawls and throws, her work having application to both fashion and interiors. In October 2010 her knitwear was featured in a Liberty of London window display as part of the launch of the Campaign for Wool.
Chelsea College of Art graduate Egle Vaituleviciute is inspired by British heritage and architecture. Her meticulous approach entails spinning her own yarns. Her finished pieces are cleverly crafted and engineered to avoid wastage. Egle’s attitude to her work exemplifies the spirit of many designers selected for Texprint, who are blurring the boundaries between their specialist areas. She says, “I love the creative process and I am inspired to explore and experiment with different mediums and to incorporate different disciplines into my design work”.
Harri Batty from Buckinghamshire New University has an inventive approach resulting in exciting, decorative, and daring knits. Harri first creates a story rooted in fantasy and then fuses random visual elements of this together to create the ideas for her ‘hybrid’ structures. Her recent work is inspired by architecture and birds, creating unusual and imaginative structures and garment shapes.Harri’s design interests include photography, fashion and illustration. Her process has a focus on hand drawn imagery, she says, “it can be a fantastic tool for development and fashion ideas”.
Finally, Karina Klucnika creates wonderfully tactile knits that are inspired by woodland flora and fauna. Marl yarns and subtle, sophisticated textured surfaces evoke the richness of the natural world. Karina is also drawn to embroidery, and has created some impressive stitched textiles using appliqué with hand and machine embroidery. Her preferred palette encompasses sea blues, soft greys and muted earth tones inspired by the northern European landscape where she grew up. Now settled in London, Karina graduated recently from London Metropolitan University where she scooped the 2011 Martin Kemp Prize for Innovation in 3D Design, as well as a first class degree.
All four of these talented knitwear specialists were selected by SPINEXPO to showcase their work in the Pulse area of the international fibre and yarn show held in Shanghai, 6 - 8 September. Additionally, as part of the Texprint 24 they will also present their work at Indigo, Paris, part of Première Vision Pluriel, September20 – 22. While in Paris their work will be judged for the Texprint Woolmark Award, presented by the renowned designer, Agnes B.