Job: Fox Brother & Co Ltd

Role: Senior Woven Textile Designer
Start Date: Early October 2019
Duration: Fixed term (12 months)

Fox Brother & Co Ltd are a leading UK manufacturer of luxury, high quality fabrics. This established woven textile company, based in South West England is seeking a senior designer to join the design team.

Job description
Reporting to the managing director and the operations director you will be responsible for:
*Designing collections and ranges in line with creative briefs, while working closely with the design team.
*Understanding customer requirements, working closely to their briefs and their deadlines.
*Continually researching and analysing new yarn and fabric opportunities ensuring alignment with the seasonal demands and the every-changing market.
*Successfully keeping to critical path, seeing projects from initial concept to finished cloth.
*Protecting and projecting the mills heritage and identity as a brand ambassador with customers and on social media.
*Working closely with internal production team.
*Communicating proactively with suppliers on design based issues.
*Foreseeing and resolving problems that arise during and after the development of fabric.

The Person/Requirements 
The role requires a high level of technical knowledge of woven textiles, development expertise and a good comprehension of testing requirements. Commercial understanding of yarns, dyeing and fabric finishing is necessary.

Ideally you will have a level 5 qualification or above with substantial industry experience, along with a high level of commercial awareness and creativity.

You must be able work on multiple projects, work well under pressure and be proactive in your approach. You will be effective in problem solving. Strong communication skills and the ability to influence and negotiate is essential.

The role will require travel to London and mainland Europe to liaise with customers and work at international trade fairs.

Please contact Joanna Neades Joanna@foxflannel.com for more information

Competition: Wool Innovation Prize

£10,000 Wool Prize: The last chance to apply for the Wool Innovation Prize 2019 .

Worth up to £10,000, the Prize is an annual award offered by The Woolmen and The Company of Merchants of the Staple of England, in association with The Campaign for Wool. It’s available to the individual who shows the most innovative use of wool in any commercially viable application.

The prize is open to anyone who:

  • Works predominantly with wool
  • Displays genuine innovation
  • Offers a commercially viable application
  • Has a clear plan for developing your ideas further

Applications close on June 30th 2019, so if you use wool in a way that the industry would love to hear about, apply online today!

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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.

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Exhibition: Out of Synch | Theo Wright

Out of Synch is a new project by Coventry-based weaver Theo Wright that explores the synchronisation and sequencing of design elements through a series of textiles: single cloths woven in linen and double cloths woven in silk.

Simple colour and pattern sequences are disrupted so that they become more complex and move in and out of alignment. The same approach has been applied to a range of weaving styles to produce a variety of effects. All the textiles have been handwoven on a 16-shaft dobby loom.

Textiles from the Out of Synch project are currently on show at Direct Art Action, Sutton Coldfield until 27th July 2019and will then be exhibited at The Handweavers Studio & Gallery, London 19 August – 28 September 2019.

For more information about the project see http://www.theowright.co.uk/outofsynch.html

Whitchurch Silk Mill: Heritage Work Placements

Whitchurch Silk Mill are offering 4 x 6-week Heritage Weaving Placements, July to August 2019.

The National Lottery Heritage Fund Preserving the Fabric project has funded the restoration and major improvements to Whitchurch Silk Mill, a Grade Two* listed Georgian watermill on the banks of the River Test in rural Hampshire.  

They are now inviting applications from those studying woven textiles or anyone with experience or interest in working with textiles to apply for a six-week placement.

Deadline for applications: June 7th 2019 – Click here for more details.

Soft Engineering: Textiles Taking Shape

Four leading textile artists will be exhibiting their work at Whitchurch Silk Mill from 30 March to 23 june 2019.

Having pursued separate careers in weaving, knitting and braiding Ann Richards , Deirdre Wood , Alison Ellen, and Julie Hedges, found they had many common threads that have now inspired them to work together on this joint exhibition.

Their different approaches interconnect and cross over in intriguing and sometimes surprising ways. Soft Engineering introduces a central theme of textiles taking shape through the interplay of raw material and structure, and the exhibition shows how this plays out in varied ways, with spontaneously emerging shapes, the repetition/shifting of simple shapes, pleating, folding, twisting, and double-sided fabrics.

These four makers create work on widely different scales, encompassing large wall pieces, garments, scarves, sculptural pieces and textile jewellery.

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The Cockpit Arts / The Clothworkers’ Company Awards

The Cockpit Arts / The Clothworkers’ Company Award

The Awards are open to graduates within the last five years, these awards aim to assist weavers to set up in business. Weavers can be working in any form, for example, creating products; visual art; working with mills and making samples for industry.

All Awards comprise business support provided by Cockpit Arts as well as subsidised studio space for one year. The Awards include space in a shared studio equipped with Leclerc, Louet and ARM loom Touch and a dye area.

Deadline for applications: 5pm, Monday 15 April 2019

Further details and application forms are available to download from Cockpit Arts website –https://cockpitarts.com/awards-bursaries/, or please contact maxine@cockpitarts.com for further information or to express an interest.

Text and image: Cockpit Arts. Photographer Alan Callander

Jacquard x Google Arts & Culture – Artist Residency

Google Arts & Culture and Jacquard (Google ATAP) are launching the first artist-in-residency with the goal of exploring synergies between technology, art, and fashion.

The programme
Google Arts & Culture and Jacquard (Google ATAP) are launching the first artist-in-residency with the goal of exploring synergies between technology, art, and fashion at Google Arts & Culture Lab in Paris. Curated by Pamela Golbin, the program will enable three artists to conceive of and create works that explore textiles, connectivity, and creativity over the course of a five month residency. 

This residency will grant the three artists access to the core of Jacquard technology, factories in Japan, mentoring from Jacquard and Google Arts & Culture engineers, mentoring from Pamela Golbin and Memo Akten, and access to the Google Lab space and resources in Paris. 

The end of the residency will be celebrated by showcasing the art installations at a private event in October 2019 and potential partner museums. Additionally, final work and the Making Of process will be featured in a dedicated section on Google Arts & Culture platform. 
 Artists will own the IP of their artwork.

The Residency includes:
– Weekly advisory meetings with Google Arts & Culture Lab and Jacquard engineers – Access to Jacquard Research and Development teams – Artist mentors : Pamela Golbin and Memo Akten – Dedicated Creative Coder and hardware prototyping team- Jacquard Factory visit and inspiration trip in Japan- Three weeks at the Google Arts and Culture lab in Paris- Stipend of 10k€ gross for each artist – Production budget and Jacquard material production: 15k€ for each artist

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Rita Parniczky: ‘Broken Bones’

Rita Parniczky works with photography, video and sculpture including weave and mixed media. Her work predominantly explores structure, visual change, slow time and human behaviour.

Amongst other awards, the work has received the Wall Hanging Award from The Worshipful Company of Weavers and is included in the permanent collection of the V&A Museum.

Most recently, Rita has become recipient of the Theo Moorman Trust Award. Her project reassessed her woven work investigating the role of textiles through experimentation, with new structural works and meeting Sheila Hicks.

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Annual Textile Lecture: Matilda McQuaid | Creative Arts Farnham

The International Textile Research Centre at University for the Creative Arts Farnham announces that the Inaugural Annual Textile Lecture: The Future With Textiles will be given by Matilda McQuaid. Deputy Director of Curatorial and Head of Textiles, Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum New York

Matilda McQuaid is Deputy Director of Curatorial and Head of the Textiles Department at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum. Prior to the Cooper Hewitt, she worked at The Museum of Modern Art, NY, where she curated over 30 exhibitions, including the highly acclaimed “Structure and Surface: Contemporary Japanese Textiles.”

At Cooper Hewitt, her exhibitions have included “Josef + Anni Albers: Designs for Living” (2004), “Extreme Textiles: Designing for High Performance” (2005), “Color Moves: Art and Fashion by Sonia Delaunay” (2011), “Tools: Extending Our Reach” (2014), “Scraps: fashion, textiles and creative reuse” (2016 with Susan Brown).

Among her many publications is ‘Shigeru Ban’ (2006) the seminal book on this Japanese architect. She is currently researching the exhibition ‘The Future of Textiles’.

Date: February 22nd 2019 at 2pm
Cost: £20, concessions £10, to include afternoon tea
Click here for booking and further information

Photo copyright: Peta Jacobs

Happy New Year: 2019

Happy New Year from The Weave Shed.