Exhibition: Weaving New Worlds

Weaving New Worlds
Dates: 16 June to 23 September 2018 at William Morris Gallery
Open: Wednesday to Sunday, 10am – 5pm; free
Address: Lloyd Park, Forest Road
Walthamstow, London, E17 4PP

Tapestries have always told stories. In this exhibition 16 women artists from the UK, USA, Norway, Canada, New Zealand and Japan weave the stories of our time: the possibilities, the hopes and lost chances. Using the traditional hand woven tapestry techniques that connect us to the past, they have taken contemporary images and events, personal dreams and feelings.

The tapestries range in subject matter, from reflections of rural mythologies, to floods and urban decay. Always at the heart of the work is the human condition, the artists offering us both a utopian and dystopian view – the choice is ours.

Curated by Lesley Millar, Professor of Textile Culture and Director of the International Textile Research Centre at the University for the Creative Arts in collaboration with National Centre for Craft & Design and William Morris Gallery.

Text: William Morris Gallery. Image –  Ripples & Ribes by Jennie Moncur, 2015 ©The Artist

Exhibition: Le Kilt & Norn

Luxury womenswear brand Le Kilt and experimental design consultancy NORN host an exhibition and workshop at The Michael Hoppen Gallery to explore the reappropriation of traditional materials through craftsmanship and its relationship to punk subculture. The opening night event includes discussions with industry stalwarts as well as a Le Kilt pop-up retail space.

The exhibition features a series of installations that look at the relationship between punk and tradition in the context of craftsmanship. Le Kilt works with small-scale manufacturers to create their version of the modern woman’s uniform, whilst also adding new and unexpected design details such as hand-woven patches made from yarn spun in-house. Similarly, NORN places making and the haptic at the heart of its process; exploring the scope of making beyond conventional expectation of hand skills. Continue reading →

Jobs: Bristol Weaving MIll

Bristol Weaving Mill

There are two jobs on offer:
Production & Sales Manager
Production Assistant

Job Role 1: Product Development and Sales Manager Start Date: June 2018
Location: Bristol, UK
Hours: Full time (9am to 6pm 40 hours per week)
Salary: TBC Depending on Experience
Bristol Weaving Mill are looking for a strong, creative and technically confident woven designer, ideally with product development and sales experience, to help them establish, nurture and maintain client relationships for The Bristol Weaving Mill through pro-active and responsive communication and design work.

Bristol Weaving Mill  work across both fashion and interiors, designing, developing and manufacturing product and fabric for a variety of outcomes. End uses include but are not limited to Ready to Wear and Couture Menswear and Womenswear, finished shawls and scarfs, interior drapery, tapestry panels, upholstery and finished interior soft accessories and product such as throws, blankets and cushions.

This job will involve working closely and strategically on sales, building upon the existing client relationships and establishing new ones. Each of their client relationships is based on offering a service catered to their individual needs, with most of their customers seeking not only the small-batch and locally managed production capabilities of the mill, but also looking to BWM to provide input and direction creatively, offering technical advice where necessary. Continue reading →

Exhibition: Sue Hiley Harris

Sue Hiley Harris
‘Woven and Drawn’
Tuesday 29 May – Saturday 9 June
11 am – 5 pm
Venue: Lansdown Gallery Stroud GL5 1BB

Sue Hiley Harris is best known for the abstract handwoven sculpture she has been making since the late 1990s. This may be understood in relation to constructed abstract art generally, whether two or three dimensional. Material, structure and form are inter-dependent.

The forms are often derived from pure geometric shapes. These may be repeated or become multiple parts of a complete work. Sometimes they allude to natural forms or to life’s continuous natural cycle. The bare upland landscape of the Black Mountains and the Brecon Beacons has, for many years, been important in Sue’s life and has made an impact on her weaving.

In 2013 Sue was awarded a Creative Wales Award by the Arts Council of Wales to ‘explore the possibility of making woven body sculpture’. As part of this exploration Sue returned to drawing the figure from life after a break of almost forty years. This has stimulated an inter-est in drawing in the landscape. The drawings in this exhibition are a direct emotional re-sponse to regular visits to a particular part of Priory Groves, a wooded area near to her home in Brecon.
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Job: Hand Weaver

Location: Leith, Edinburgh
Salary: £20,000 per annum
Full-time contract for 12 months Start- May 2018
Closing date– 13th April 2018, 12 noon – Interviews- Early May

About the Company
Araminta Campbell Ltd is a luxury Scottish textile brand with three offerings.
Signature, an exclusive collection of one-off hand-woven fashion 
accessories made in the Edinburgh hand-weaving studio.
MINTA, a mill woven interiors range of cushions and throws.
Heritage, a bespoke service specialising in the design and manufacture of 
tweeds and tartans.

Araminta Campbell is a unique and exclusive brand with growing international audience. They are proud to represent Scottish Craftsmanship and keeping the art of hand-weaving alive.
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Exhibition: Hannah Waldron

‘Primary Traveller’
New works by textile artist Hannah Waldron

‘Primary Traveller’ opens at the Select Festival on 21 April 2018

Hannah Waldron’s new work Primary Traveller is a nomadic modular structure that will house a new body of weavings specially created for this exhibition. Commissioned by and for the Select Festival.

‘Primary Traveller’ is an ambitious new work; a textile installation which will serve as a meeting place for discussion around the role of textiles and tapestry today.

Alongside are retrospective pieces that have previously toured internationally but have never been shown in England.

The space will be a meeting place for discussion on the work, its themes and the larger role of contemporary textile practises within both art and craft production and exhibition ecologies.
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Research: Norwich Fabric | Project Zeeuwsmuseum

Remi Veldhoven, is a textile designer and textile researcher from the Netherlands. She is researching a fabric from around 1750-1800 which was used in traditional clothes in the Netherlands, and produced in the Norfolk area (mostly Norwich), England.

She is working with the Zeeuwsmuseum (Middelburg, the Netherlands)  who will be having some garments made out of this Norwich fabric and they are planning to make an exhibition about this fabric in May 2019.

For this exhibition Remi Veldhoven has been asked to research the production process of the Norwich fabric and to design a new fabric inspired by the old one, using industrial production methods.

From the old fabric, she knows the different steps of the process (a document outlining this can be sent), and for the new fabric she would like to design a similar fabric and compare the industrial production steps, time, costs and people involved with the obtained data and characteristics of the process from the old fabric. Continue reading →

Competition: The Wool Innovation Prize

Wool Innovation Prize

The Wool Innovation Prize is to be offered annually to any individual who shows the most innovative use of wool in any commercially viable application. A prize of up to £10,000 will be awarded together with a merit certificate to the winner, which will be presented at a City livery dinner.

The prize will be promoted through a number of magazines, agricultural shows, Textile Societies and research organisations. Applicants should apply on line through the Campaign for Wool. The winner will be announced at the end of September every year.

The prize is being awarded by the Worshipful Company of Woolmen and the Company of the Merchants of the Staple of England Charitable Trust.

Background
The Worshipful Company of Woolmen, one of the oldest livery companies in the City, and The Company of the Merchants of the Staple of England, a national livery company based in York believe that they should do more for the industry from whence they came, namely the Wool Industry. Both have very long pedigrees going back to 1180 for the Woolmen and 1283 for the Staple.

The Industry has suffered long term decline in the UK over many years. There are now some signs that the industry is beginning to show an upturn and both Companies wish to recognise this and make a contribution to supporting innovation in the use and application of wool.

The Prize
The prize will be awarded annually to any individual who shows the most innovative use of wool in any application that is considered commercially viable and subject to the project being of sufficient originality and quality. Open to individuals using wool in apparel, non-apparel, agricultural, horticultural, medical, and industrial applications.
The winner will need to be able to show that the innovation will be developed from the United Kingdom, although the nationality of the individual is irrelevant. Continue reading →

Exhibition: Inner Sounds

Fourth Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary Woven Tapestry Art

Inner Sounds, as a woven tapestry art exhibition, is the latest in a series of biennials showcasing the individual creative practices of members of the British Tapestry Group South East (BTGSE).

The theme of the exhibition explores types of listening, visualised in a world saturated with sounds and images, with the intention of raising awareness whether as viewer, listener or tapestry weaver.

The exhibitors have explored their responses through the medium of woven tapestry to create rich and varied works of art. The tapestry art on display will include works from all members including those who exhibit nationally and internationally as well as from those who are at different stages of their artistic journeys.

Dates: Wednesday 4th April – Saturday 21st April (Tues – Sat)
Open: 10.00 – 5.00pm daily
Private view: Tuesday 3rd April from 6.00pm to 8.00pm – Press welcome
Venue: Haslemere Museum, 78 High Street, Haslemere, GU27 2LA Continue reading →

Job: Stephen Walters and Sons Ltd: Position filled 2.5.2018

Stephen Walters are silk weavers designing and producing fabric for international luxury brands. We have built our reputation as design leaders working exclusively with fashion houses across the world. We are recruiting for the following position to join our highly regarded design team:

Vacancy: Textile Designer

We are offering a great opportunity for a Textile Designer to join our creative team. The work is extremely varied and covers a broad range of fabrics from men’s neckwear and apparel fabrics to contemporary womenswear and furnishings.

We are looking for a designer with good artistic ability and drawing skills, a sensitivity to colour, a diversity of styles and attention to detail. An understanding of CAD systems would be beneficial, but it is not essential as full training will be given to the successful applicant.

There will be a degree of admin required within the role therefore an ability to learn company specific systems as well as understanding of Microsoft Office would be useful. Our design team is currently made up of trained designers from a variety of disciplines not only woven fabrics.

We would like to hear from anyone who is qualified in a similar field and who demonstrates excellent team working skills.

Hours of work: 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday (40 hours)
Location: Sudbury, Suffolk
Salary: Depending on experience
Training : Full training will be provided

Closing date for applications:The position has been filled so please no more applications