Job: Stephen Walters and Sons Ltd

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: 06.04.18

Please email your CV with a covering letter and some examples of your work to
Katherine Winterton:


Cockpit Arts | The Clothworkers’ Awards & The Clear Insurance Award

The Cockpit Arts: The Clothworkers’ Foundation Awards & The Clear Insurance Award

The Clothworkers’ Foundation Awards are open to graduates within the last five years, these awards aim to assist weavers to set up in business by providing studio space and business support provided by Cockpit Arts as well as shared use of looms.

The selection panel, including the acclaimed ikat weaver and designer Mary Restieaux, and representatives of The Clothworkers’ Foundation, will be looking for up to four individuals who demonstrate entrepreneurial spirit as well as creative excellence and craft skills.

The Award contributes to the cost of a place at Cockpit for one year from July 2018 and will include a space in a shared studio equipped with a dye area and Leclerc, Louet and electronic ARM looms.

The Cockpit Arts / Clothworkers’ Foundation Awards recipients will be awarded a place at Cockpit Arts for one year worth £3,000 (to be supplemented with a £1,000 contribution each from successful applicants, payable on a monthly basis)* Continue reading →

Exhibition: 1580 | Space & Volume

Dates: 5th March – 25th April 2018.
Meet the Maker: 21st March 2018
Address: The Guy Goodfellow Collection Showroom,
15 Langton Street.
London. SW10 0JL.

During London Design Week 2018, Master weaver, Philippa Brock showcases her three dimensional  woven textiles work, in the Guy Goodfellow Collection Showroom  as part of their “Makers Tales” series. A celebration of innovation in constructed textiles.

Philippa is showing some of her new abstract works, from the series  ‘1580: Volume and Space in the Third Dimension’,  informed by endless repetition, medieval ruff sizes, cellular kite construction and psychedelic honeycomb mushrooms.

This work explores the experimental weaving of multiple vertical interconnecting layers, that expand into 3D forms once removed from the loom. These pieces are sized and suspended, resulting in a series of abstract kinetic works interplaying with shadow and form. Continue reading →

Exhibition: Tactile Tectonics

Tactile Tectonics – Weaving Nature in 3 dimensions

Stacey Harvey-Brown
7th April – 12th May 2018
Wed – Sat 10-4pm (May 6th 11-4)

Tactile Tectonics – informed by geology, erosion and the sea, tubular woven Growth Forms and undulating Strata Walls explore an evolving world of dimensionality and tactility in textural weaving by Stacey Harvey-Brown. Metamorphosis from rock to coral to medusa, all is possible with imagination, natural and manmade materials and versatile weave structures.

Stacey Harvey-Brown draws from natural forms found wherever she has travelled (New Zealand, Europe, US, South America). Limestone cliffs, stalactites, strata layers were the initial inspiration behind Tactile Tectonics and developed during her Masters degree (University of Derby, 2011-14), but audience interpretation from joint exhibitions in New Zealand, North-West US (2014), Switzerland (2015), and Holland (2016) has led her recently to explore similar albeit living formations found in the sea – medusa, nudibranches, flatworms, seaweeds, corals – and develop some wearable pieces. Made to be touched, this is a tactile exhibition. Continue reading →

Exhibitions & Events: Dovecot Studios

Baths to Bobbins 10 years at Infirmary Street
From 29 March 2018

The Infirmary Street Baths were the first public baths in Edinburgh, built in 1885 by Robert Morham. Following the enactment in 1846 to Encourage the Establishment of Public Baths and Wash-houses, baths were built in Scotland from the 1850s to provide accessible washing facilities to improve public health. Until the 1870s women had to attend at different times from men. In the Ladies Baths space at Dovecot, we see an example of their needs being considered in the building design.

Dovecot was originally located at the site of the Corstorphine Castle, before moving in 2008 to Infirmary Street following a 2 year renovation and restoration project of the former Victorian baths building.

Celebrating 10 years of weaving in the Infirmary Street Baths, Dovecot will share some memories on the Tapestry Studio Viewing Balcony. The display titled Baths to Bobbins will explore memories of those who attended the Baths, the stories of the old Studio in Corstorphine, the saving of the Infirmary Street building and its conversion to a modern tapestry studio.

Screen for Another Focus | David Penny

25 May 2018 to 11 July 2018

As part of the 10-year anniversary of Dovecot’s new life at the old Infirmary Street Baths, Edinburgh, artist David Penny has created an exhibition of photography and video work interpreting the extraordinary craftsmanship of the weavers at Dovecot Tapestry Studio. Penny is interested in the materiality of objects and the aesthetics of technology as well as the actions of the body.

The project comprises images, which offer a focus on the forms, gestures and structures of the process of weaving and suggests parallels between the disciplines of photography and tapestry.

From footage and frames collected during a period of visits to Dovecot during 2017, this work sheds new light on the exceptional craftsmanship and making in Scotland. Continue reading →

Profile & Exhibition: Hannah Robson

Hannah Robson constructs sculptural textile pieces using combinations of weaving and lace-making, exploring how threads can escape the traditional vertical and horizontal pathways imposed by the loom.

She studied at Winchester School of Art before going on to the Royal College of Art to complete an MA in Woven Textiles. During her MA she developed methods for creating three-dimensional forms through textile construction techniques, which continue to inform her experimental practice.

She creates opportunities for threads of metal, paper and polyester to break away from woven surfaces, taking alternative routes through space and joining together in three-dimensions. She exploits the tensions between rigorously controlled constructions and free-flowing loose threads, balancing elements of structure and chaos within her work.

Robson was selected by the Crafts Council and Jay Osgerby to develop new ideas to exhibit as part of Collect Open 2018 at Collect: The International Art Fair for Contemporary Objects.

Her installation Ersilia is inspired by the chapter of the same name in Italo Calinvo’s Invisible Cities, in which strings are are stretched between the inhabitants of the city, creating ‘spider-webs of intricate relationships seeking a form‘.
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Volunteer Opportunity: Warner Textile Archive

The Warner Textile Archive is seeking student volunteers to apply for The Costume Society Museum Placement Award

The Warner Textile Archive is a rich design resource documenting the successes and innovation of Warner & Sons from the late 1800s. Based in Braintree, Essex the Collection comprises stunning textiles and inspirational paper designs, as well as original printing blocks, photographs and other documentary material.

The student Volunteer would be assisting the Archivist, Hannah Auerbach George with the day to day management of the Archive Collection. Duties will include: documenting incoming donations and existing parts of the Collection, assisting with cataloguing, organising storage, answering enquiries, locating items for researchers, assisting with open days, public displays and exhibitions. They are currently seeking expressions of interest from current UK students.

The purpose of this Award is to fund a student volunteer working on a dress-related project in a public museum collection in the United Kingdom. An award of up to £1000 will be offered to the student volunteer applying jointly with an appropriate Museum. For 2018, two Awards of £1000 have been offered.

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Exhibition: Pick by Pick | Margo Selby

Margo Selby : Pick by Pick. In partnership with Rochester Art Gallery

Dates: 15 December 2017 – 24 February 2018
This exhibition in partnership with Rochester Art Gallery features internationally-renowned textile artist and designer Margo Selby. They are showcasing her  hand-woven framed textiles, including new pieces made especially for this show, along with an archive of her design work which reveals the creative process.

The artworks use a technique called Lampas, a historic woven structure that was developed in the 17th century by Huguenot weavers to create decorative brocade fabrics. Margo is now using these weave structures in a new way to create  geometric framed works with a modernist feel.

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Exhibition | Woven: Unwoven

Peter Collingwood | Woven:Unwoven

Venue: Crafts Study Centre,University for the Creative Arts, Falkner Road, Farnham, Surrey GU9 7DS
Dates:Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm

In 1950 the young Dr Peter Collingwood decided to abandon his medical career and dedicate himself instead to becoming a weaver.

Collingwood developed a technical mastery over his weaving equipment, and tailored his creative output to what the loom would permit him to do, mindful of weaving at economic speed, with the future ‘repeat’ potential and marketability of a design ever in mind.

He gained a reputation as a teacher, making many teaching visits to America, and produced four important books on the techniques and art of weaving.

Collingwood’s first purchases of woven materials were made in his years as a recently qualified doctor, posted with the Red Cross, to help with refugees in Jordan, and he added to these throughout his life.

This broad ‘Ethnographic Collection’ displaying both completed historic and contemporary objects and samples, from Indonesia to South America, Arizona to Africa, now resides at the Crafts Study Centre.

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Tapestry Course: Morley College

Study the art of tapestry weaving though the interpretation of the artist’s mark.

Learn to design, make cartoons and use colour recognition through flat weave techniques of blending, hatching and half passes. All levels including beginners.

Six Saturdays starting February 17 from 11am–4.30pm.
Course code: VTX006A.
Full fee: £250, concessions available.
Tutor: Caron Penney
Tel: 020 7450 1889
Morley College London, 61 Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7HT