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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.
Exhibition alert: Social Fabric at Iniva, London
17 January 2012 by Joyce Thornton
Social Fabric opens on 19 January 2012 at the Institute of International Visual Arts (Iniva) in London, and continues until 10 March 2012. Through textiles the exhibition explores colonial history, international trade, labour and militant politics. It features both recent and historical archival material plus the individual work of two contemporary artists, Alice Creischer and Sudhir Patwardhan.
Alice Creischer’s work, inspired by a trip to India, looks at the economic and social impact of European colonialism and subsequent globalisation - for instance, the craze for imported Indian chintz that caused protest from Spitalfield’s weavers in 1719 and was ultimately hugely detrimental to whole sections of English textile production. Her installation - called Apparatus for the Osmotic Compensation of the Pressure of Wealth during the Contemplation of Poverty - references cycles of investment, disinvestment and decline.
Sudhir Patwardhan, Lower Parel, 2001
Sudhir Patwardhan focusses on Mumbai where the textiles industry employs one in three of the city’s workers. His painting Lower Parel (2001) shows Girangaon, a mill village typical of those that transformed the city’s economy and led to the Indian industrial revolution.
Complex socio-economic subjects are examined through an extensive display of archival loans and artist interventions, including Indian chintz, original journals from Karl Marx, company paintings, films, photographs, newspaper articles and recordings of mill workers’ testimonies.
Social Fabric is curated by Grant Watson, in collaboration with Christine Checinska, Nida Ghouse, Shanay Jhaveri, Nada Raza and Karen Roswell.
A series of talks and events will complement the exhibition and a Social Fabric symposium has been scheduled for 10 March 2012 (venue TBC). Guest speakers will include trade unionists, artists and academics who will contribute to discussions, talks and performances around textile production in relation to international trade, labour and politics. The programme has been arranged by Christine Checinska and speakers include Professors Sarat Maharaj, John Hutnyk and Janis Jefferies and artist Sudhir Patwardhan.
New Horizons: Marie Parsons, Allison Pilling and Ruth Duff
07 January 2012 by Joyce Thornton
2011 was an eventful and exciting year for all of Texprint’s 24. In the second of a series of updates, we highlight some of the exciting developments in the burgeoning careers of these talented textile designers. Here Allison Pilling, Marie Parsons and Ruth Duff share some of their Texprint experiences.
Marie Parsons, decorative trunk
Marie Parsons began an exciting new job in September 2011 as colour and material designer for the luxury car company Jaguar, based in Leeds. She says: “I am really enjoying the unexpected direction in which my career is moving.” Marie’s distinctive and imaginative mixed media work has application for both fashion and interiors.
Marie Parsons, shoes
She explains, “My new job is really opening my eyes, I am learning so much and really enjoying the challenge. I also intend to start working on a range of my own accessories in 2012 and will I continue to sell embroidery and mixed media work as a freelance designer, which I have been doing successfully since 2008.” For Marie, exhibiting with Texprint was a great opportunity to showcase her work: “I found that that the direct discussion and communication with industry professionals was one of the most insightful aspects of my Texprint experience. It was really valuable to listen to buyers and designers discussing how they would potentially use my fabrics and reproduce my techniques.”
Allison Pilling, printed textile
For printed textile specialist Allison Pilling the experience of exhibiting with Texprint in 2011 was confidence-boosting and career-changing: “I was excited about exhibiting at Indigo, Paris, and then I sold 26 designs! I was in complete shock. I sold 10 designs to a Brazilian company and then within 10 minutes I sold another 10 designs to a French company. Everything happened really quickly! I also sold five designs to Agnès B.
Allison Pilling, printed textile design
Exhibiting at Indigo gave me such a great insight into how the design world works. I hadn't previously considered working for myself - but I now know that this is possible - and that my designs would sell. It has opened so many doors - to work with companies from around the world. When I left university, I was dreading being out in the ‘big bad world’ – but now I'm really excited.”
Ruth Duff, selection of woven fabrics
Finally, weave specialist Ruth Duff is now working at Lovat Mill in the Scottish Borders. The company is renowned for its production of tweed fabrics and Ruth is working in the design department during a year’s placement. Ruth found her time as one of the Texprint 24 incredibly valuable. She says: “Indigo, Paris was a fantastic opportunity and a great experience. I didn’t know what to expect from the week but it was a real confidence boost to have interest and sales from design companies in the industry. It was a big learning curve; displaying and valuing my work and sticking to the original price that I had worked out was fair - through to writing invoices. I had a couple of sales at the show and I spoke to many designers from various companies who gave me some great feedback about my collections. I now have many contacts for future commissions.”
Look out for further updates on more of the Texprint 24 coming soon.
New Horizons: Emma Shipley, Momo Wang and Harriet Toogood
23 December 2011 by Joyce Thornton
2011 has been a momentous year for all of Texprint’s 24. In the first of a series of updates, we highlight some of the exciting developments in the fledgling careers of these talented emerging textile designers. Here, Emma Shipley, Momo Wang and Harriet Toogood share some of their Texprint experiences.
Emma Shipley’s design work - a wonderful mix of fine draftsmanship combined with vibrant colour - has attracted a long queue of clients. Emma’s covetable scarves are now on sale at the prestigious London designer store, Browns. Added to this, her collaboration with Tomasz Donocik, Jewellery Designer of the Year 2011, resulted in a display in November 2011 at London jeweller Garrard; a unique combination of Emma’s silk scarves with embellished jewellery elements. This display has now transferred to the Garrard concession at Harvey Nichols in London until January 2012. Other projects include design for interiors, both fabrics and wallpaper, which will go on sale in 2012. Emma will exhibit at London Fashion Week in Feburary 2012, launching her new accessories collection for autumn/winter 2012/13.
Emma Shipley at her stand, Indigo, Paris 2011
Limited edition prints of Emma’s beautiful drawings were recently on show in the Great Room of interior design company 1508’s building in central London. The interest in the drawings themselves came about through exhibiting with Texprint. Emma has also been commissioned to create an installation piece for apparel giant VF Corporation’s Innovation Summit, to be held in March 2012 at its headquarters in the US.
Emma says: “It was fantastic to be selected by Texprint, and to win the Pattern prize. I had the opportunity to exhibit in London, Paris, Shanghai and Hong Kong, as well as travelling to Como to visit some great traditional silk printing mills. The response to my work was so positive, and I’ve made some great contacts with potential clients, stockists and suppliers.”
Momo Wang’s playful spirit and love of colour and texture is distilled in her imaginative mixed-media work.
Momo Wang's textiles showcased in her graduate collection 2011
Momo has now established her own studio in Dalston, London and has launched her own brand called MoshrooM. Her funky, fun handcraft line is now available to buy through the website Etsy.
Garment detail, Momo Wang
Momo says: “It was such a lovely experience for me to exhibit with Texprint. It has been so helpful - I sold designs and I’ve got all the payments! I’ve been commissioned by a Shanghai company though exhibiting at Indigo and I’m now designing for them. I am so happy to go to my studio every day and do my work.”
Fabric detail, Harriet Toogood 2011
Finally, Harriet Toogood’s outstanding work in weave saw her scoop two prestigious awards this year: the Space prize at Texprint London, and then the Woolmark Texprint Award in support of the Campaign for Wool at Indigo, Paris. Harriet’s bold work is characterised by her creative use of materials, such as mixing plastics with wool for a fresh approach to woven textiles. Harriet says: “I haven't stopped since graduating and being part of Texprint London. Without Texprint I would not have had the opportunities or experiences that I have had over the last few months, I have loved every minute of it!
Harriet Toogood (centre) with Chloe Hambiln and David Bradley visiting a Ratti print facility during ComOn 2011
Each trip - London, Shanghai, Paris and Como - has been of great benefit and also fun! I’ve now started a six-month paid placement at Camira Fabrics in Leeds, and I’m there until April.“Through Texprint, it was really interesting to see what other graduates are doing across the country and I have made some really good friends along the way.”
Look out for further updates on more of the Texprint 24 in early 2012.