Exhibition: African Textiles from the Karun Thakar Collection

SOAS is hosting an exquisite exhibition at their Brunei Gallery of African Textiles from the Karun Thakar Collection,  arguably one of the world’s largest private collections of African textiles. Featuring high quality material, that highlights the sophistication of historical African textiles art and design, which have been little understood and appreciated, the exhibition will examine the links between west and north African textile traditions through a selection of important and rare examples of textile art, being shown here for the first time.

The exhibition  includes a selection of over 150 exhibits and textiles from west and north Africa including Morocco, Tunisia, Ivory Coast, Mali, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Ghana and Cameroon.

Further details on the Karun Collection can be found by visiting http://www.karuncollection.com/ follow on Instagram @karuncollection and more of the African Textiles Collection can be seen in the book ‘African Textiles’ published by Prestel, 2015.

Closing Date: Dec 14th 2019 5.00pm

Exhibition supported byHALI Magazine

Text: taken from SOAS.Photograph:Philippa Brock

Job: Designer | Asiatic London

Designer Vacancy
Asiatic London is looking for an in-house designer to work at their London head office 4 to 5 days a week. The successful applicant will be creating designs for their own collections as well as for their clients.

This role would be suited to a Textiles Graduate with strong attention to detail, an ability to work in a broad spectrum of styles and have an eye for colour. Strong Photoshop and Illustrator skills are extremely important, along with good hand drawing skills.

The successful applicant will work closely with the product development team but will also need to be able to work independently. Continue reading →

TexSelect 2019: Weavers

TexSelect are showing at Première Vision Designs, Paris 17th – 19th Sept 2019.

TexSelect’s aim is to select, mentor and promote the UK’s most talented newly graduated textile designers, providing an opportunity for realistic development, and a vital bridge between higher education and the real, commercial world.

Those selected for this unique mentorship programme are introduced to buyers, press and sponsors at the TexSelect London Preview and at Europe’s leading fabric fair, Première Vision Paris, gaining exceptional first hand experience of the industry. There are also opportunities to intern with some of Italy’s finest mills and manufacturers, to be trained on specialist CAD software, and to have work selected for a curated interiors collection. TexSelect’s Hero Mentor scheme carries the support forward, linking designers with industry professionals who provide ongoing career mentorship.

Many TexSelect alumni now enjoy high-profile creative roles within the international textile, fashion and interior design industries.

Alongside the show there will be presentation of the TexSelect Prizes for Colour, Fashion, Pattern and Interiors. Also presentation of The Woolmark Company TexSelect Award, and the Marks & Spencer TexSelect Fashion Fabric Award.

The presentation takes place on 18th Sept at 15.30 (3.30pm), followed by a reception for sponsors, press, buyers and guests.

Venue: Première Vision Designs, Hall 5, Première Vision Paris, Parc d’Expositions de Paris-Nord, Villepinte.

TexSelect is delighted to confirm that going forward Première Vision Group, organiser of the world’s leading sourcing events for fashion professionals, will continue its support for emerging textile designers through an agreement with TexSelect that will build on the talent search programme’s legacy with an international perspective from 2020. Click on this link for more information

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Exhibition: Interlace | Hella Jongerius

Interlace, Textile Research

June, 7 – September, 8 2019
Throughout summer 2019, Lafayette Anticipations invites the Dutch designer Hella Jongerius. She uses the building’s performative qualities to transform the interior space into a vast, constantly shifting loom; a giant textile studio, open to the public.

Hella Jongerius is one of international design’s most influential figures. Working from her Jongeriuslab in Berlin, her theoretical and experimental research explores multiple themes, often addressing the significance of colours and materials.

The project she has imagined for Lafayette Anticipations is centred around textile and weaving.

In the world of fast fashion, textiles have become a throwaway product. This exhibition questions how we consider textiles within our lives, and the cultural, social and economic implications of textile production and consumption today.

Over recent decades, we have become less aware of how our textiles are made, while artisanal production techniques are being lost. Industrialisation, mechanisation and globalisation have taken textile production away from individual understandings.

Interlace exposes the viewing public to the textile production process in order to create awareness, re-valuation and appreciation for textiles. It shows what consumers don’t usually see: the research and experimentation, the tools and materials, the trial and error that are as important as the result itself.

Throughout the three months of the exhibition, the public will be able to see new textile pieces being woven in the gallery space.

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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