Conference: Textile Futures | Technology, Materials and Preservation

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Textile Futures: Technology, Materials and Preservation

Date: Saturday 5th November, Wellcome Trust, 215 Euston Road, London.

This conference will examine recent advances in textile design, materials and technology, considering emerging ideas and approaches that may change the way we design, make, use and preserve textiles in the future.

The conference begins at 11.15am and finishes at 5.15pm. Lunch and refreshments are included.

The keynote speaker is Janis Jefferies, Professor of Visual Arts and Research at Goldsmiths, University of London. Janis will be speaking on her research that examines the relationship between culture and technology, including wearable devices as ‘intelligent textiles’.

Dr Kate Lloyd from the industry organisation ‘Textile Intelligence’, will be speaking on thermochromics and advances in textile print technology, and Dr Celina Jones from the University of Manchester, will be discussing her research on textile printing and sustainability, looking at low impact techniques, reducing the use of colorants, and new ways of distressing denim.

They will also be joined by Anne French, Textile Conservator and Collections Care Manager at the Whitworth Art Gallery, speaking on the challenges of conserving increasingly complex textile materials for the future, and Professor Carole Collet from Central Saint Martins, speaking about her work with the design & living systems lab, biotextiles and the advantages of biological tools for a more sustainable textile future.

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Jacquard Ribbon Loom Restoration: Emma Wood

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An exciting new project has begun at the German Museum of Technology (Deutsches Technikmuseum) in Berlin, focused on the repair and restoration of their star Jacquard. The photograph of the loom (above) is prior to restoration

The project is being undertaken by Berlin-based British weaver Emma Wood, along with Birgit Zehlike & Nael Alkhteb of Oranienburg, and will run until November 2016. The restoration is taking place in the main hall of the museum, and is open for all visitors to watch.

Emma Wood will be reporting for The Weave Shed on the restoration of a jacquard loom in Berlin in a series of posts during her residency.

This particular Jacquard was built in the 1920s in Germany, and it arrived at the museum in around 1990, shortly after the fall of the Berlin Wall. The loom is designed for weaving ribbons, and it has two Jacquard mechanisms, each one being capable of producing 9 ribbons simultaneously. Sadly the loom has fallen into a state of disrepair after roughly a decade of non-use, but this restoration project provides a rare opportunity to get up-close and personal with such a specialised loom.

First Days
The first days of the restoration involved doing an overall analysis of the loom, and getting to grips with how it works.  The Jacquard mechanisms are operated by punchcards, and the warp threads are spread across individual spools, instead of warp beams.  These spools are then weighted to set the tension.

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Beginning the analysis at the top of the loom, it became clear to the team that a piece from the left Jacquard mechanism was missing, which would help rotate the punchcards evenly.  It was also obvious that a large number of the punchcards were damaged, most likely from water damage and humidity.  The damaged punchcards offer an exciting opportunity to experiment with new techniques and materials, and to use some of the latest technology to create cards that are both precise and long-lasting.

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The remaining bulk of the work over the first days has been focused on thoroughly cleaning the entire loom.  Given that it was last operated over 10 years, the team have found themselves faced with a fair amount of mechanical grease and dirt, all of which needs to be cleaned away.  The results are already rewarding, as they have begun to unearth stunning steel and brass metalwork, along with uncovering the original deep green of the loom’s mainframe. Continue reading →

Texprint Winners 2016: Weave

Jacob Monk_ winner of The Woolmark Company Texprint Award 2016_172Chloe FrostWeave graduates, Jacob Monk (Central Saint Martins, BA (Hons) Textile Design) and Chloe Frost, (MA, Royal College of Art) were both awarded Texprint top prizes by Martin Leuthold, Artistic Director of Jakob Schlaepfer. Jacob won the Woolmark Company Texprint Award and Chloe the Texprint Colour Award

Martin Leuthold stated “It is an honour to give these prizes. I have been in the industry for 50 years and I still enjoy it. And it is great to see the future in the Texprint designers. If you have creativity you can survive – you don’t have to be a big star: you have to be your own star. You give your heart to your ideas, and then you have the pleasure to give it away.”

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Exhibition: Theo Wright- Weavelength

Theo Wright - When Waves Collide 2 lo resWeavelength is the first solo exhibition by weaver Theo Wright, taking place at the Craft Central Gallery, London

Dates: 9-13 November 2016.

The exhibition features a series of handwoven artworks from a new project, When Waves Collide as well as work from an earlier project, Permutations, both based on ideas in mathematics.

Theo will be present at the gallery to demonstrate the weaving process on a table loom during the exhibition and will have a range of handwoven work for sale.

When Waves Collide
When Waves Collide is a new project supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and by Coventry City Council. A collection of 13 wall-mounted textiles shows a range of different types of interaction between two waveforms.

Sine waves are woven into the structure of each textile and the project looks at what happens when two different waves interact. The waves are incorporated in both the warp and weft of each work, forming patterns of circles and waves that intersect across the fabric.

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Textile Institute Talk: The Bristol Weaving mill

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The Bristol Weaving Mill: Britain’s first all female weaving mill and the relevance of hand weaving in modern textile manufacturing

In 2009, designers Juliet Bailey and Franki Brewer combined their hand-weaving and industrial experience to form Dash & Miller, a studio specialising in the design and development of woven fabrics for fashion and interiors.

Six years later in 2015, such was their success, the design duo opened their own industrial production facility – The Bristol Weaving Mill – the first cloth weaving mill to operate in Bristol for 90 years, where they weave bespoke cloth for a variety of end-uses.

Juliet and Franki will talk about how they got to this point – how their studio work had quickly developed providing woven textile design and consultancy across the UK, Europe, USA, and Asia, working with such companies as Calvin Klein, Hugo Boss, Ralph Lauren, and Louis Vuitton, as well as producing custom woven fabrics in collaboration with Stephen Walters & Sons, the oldest surviving silk mill in Britain – and how they were able to set up their own mill, and the relevance of hand weaving in modern textile manufacturing.

Date:  Wednesday 5 October 2016
Time: 6.30pm for 7pm until 8.30pm

London College of Fashion – Room G05
272 High Holborn

Entrance: Members and Students Free
Non Members £5

To book contact Bill Bohm:   E:

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Weave Studio Open: Peckham Festival

WN 01_OPEN STUDIOSThe Weavers|Nest is a Textiles Lab housing a George Wood Dobby loom, dedicated to the development and construction of woven pieces.

They are open to commissions and collaborations with textiles designers, fashion designers, artists and architects.

They will be welcoming visitors from Friday the 9th (6-9PM) until the Sunday the 11th (11AM-6PM).
Fabrics are currently being woven in collaboration with a fashion designer, and this is a great opportunity to see the loom at work.

Address: Copeland Park – Bussey Studios, 133 Rye Lane SE15 4ST, Unit BGG
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Job: Weave Lecturer – Loughborough University

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The School of the Arts, English and Drama are seeking to appoint a Lecturer in Textiles.

Textiles at Loughborough has an excellent reputation both nationally and internationally, with outstanding graduate prospects and good recruitment. The well-established team has a commitment to high quality teaching and the BA Textiles Innovation & Design programme has recently topped the national ranking in the Guardian League table 2017 Fashion & Textiles category, as number 1 in the UK.

The successful candidate will contribute to and enhance the research, teaching and enterprise activities of the School of Arts, English and Drama, in the area of Textiles, with particular reference to Woven Textiles Design practice, and in support of the University Strategy, Building Excellence.

Informal enquiries should be made to Professor Alison Yarrington by email at

The closing date for receipt of applications is 13 Sept 2016. This has been extended.
Interviews will be held in October 2016.

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Making it in Textiles 2016 : Industry spaces available

IMG_0071Conference: Making It In Textiles 2016.

Whilst the event is mainly aimed at the directly invited 130 students and tutors from the UK’s leading institutions, a handful of paid-for places are available for those in the industry. Previous years’ delegates who attended found it very informative and a unique networking opportunity. The event is being organised by three City Livery Companies and the Campaign for Wool.

This event is aimed at inspiring final-year textiles students to consider a career in the textile industry, especially beyond pure design roles.

It is designed to strengthen the link between education and the textile industry and to make relevant what is taught on degree courses as well as introducing students to prospective employers.

The conference has a number of fantastic expert industry speakers talking about the weave process from beginning to end, including:

Juliet Bailey: Co-Director, Dash + Miller
Richard Humphries: Director, Humphries Weaving
Gary Eastwood: Managing Director, Pennine Weavers
Paul Johnson: Managing Director, W.T. Johnson & Sons
Emma Sewell: Co – Director, Wallace Sewell

Tickets are offered on a conference only or conference and dinner basis. Accommodation is not included and needs to be paid for and booked by the delegate.

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Texprint 2016: Weave Participants

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Texprint interviews, mentors and promotes the UK’s most talented textile design graduates with the support of industry professionals worldwide.

Those selected are introduced to buyers, press and sponsors at the Texprint London event, and at Europe and Asia’s leading yarn and textile exhibitions.

Texprint is entirely funded by the generous sponsorship of industry and by British charitable foundations, who believe wholeheartedly in supporting textile design talent and in encouraging design innovation and excellence.

The following Weave Designers were selected:-

Alice Timmis
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For my final collection, I was inspired by the gestural presence that an artist gives to his or her canvas. I produced a collection of woven fashion fabrics, hand finished using a variety of experimental techniques, sometimes using unorthodox tools.  I approached some of my fabrics like an artist would his canvas, and used my weave as the base ‘coat’ for other layers including embroidery, thus breaking away from the liner restrictions of the loom.

As part of this fashion-fabric collection driven by finishing methods, I developed a technique whereby woven cloth can be manipulated and shaped directly to the body.

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Tapestry Weaving Workshop: Caron Penney

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Tapestry Weaving Workshop

Dates: 7 – 10 September
Times: 10 – 5pm
Lunch 1.00 – 2.00pm
Level: Beginners and improvers.
Tutor: Caron Penney
Assisted by: Katharine Swailes (Thursday – Saturday)

Course Description
This is a lively and varied workshop. It is designed to develop and encourage weavers to look deeper into the technique of tapestry weaving. The course relies on both experienced weavers and new students to create an exciting dialogue. Experimentation, dexterity and a sense of fun and risk taking are encouraged.

Those students that are more experienced should bring ideas which can be manipulated, enlarged and used as a vehicle to make an exciting development in your work. Design approaches which will be encouraged include those exploring geometric / graphic mark-making.
There will be a series of demonstrations to help the students progress through the four day workshop.

Beginners will be guided through the basic techniques, starting with warping up a frame.

Course held at The Mill Studio – New House Farm Barns Ford Lane, Ford, Arundel, BN18 0EF

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