Making it in Textiles Conference: Calling Science/Engineering undergraduates

DSCF0268Are you a science/engineering undergrad considering working in the UK textiles industry?

Making It in Textiles is a free two-day conference aimed at inspiring undergraduates to consider a future in the UK textiles industry. The UK textile industry is experiencing a resurgence, which is creating jobs but there is a skills gap.

The conference is in its 3rd year and the event offers a mix of plenary talks, interactive sessions, a networking dinner and a trip to a textile mill. The sessions are also videoed and available online.

Previously only BA (Hons) Textile Design students have been invited, via a selection of UK educational institutions, but feedback from the industry has suggested those with engineering/science degrees could have the right skills for a career in textiles.

This year the conference organisers are offering up a handful of places to final year undergraduates (entering their final year from September 2016) who are studying engineering or science related degrees at a UK university. They are looking for those who intend to work in the UK post-graduation and are willing to consider the textile industry for their career.

The event is being fully funded by three City of London Livery Companies and the Campaign for Wool. There is no cost to attend, and they will cover your accommodation, catering and train fare.

If you are interested please contact Abby Wright-Parkes who is organising the event on behalf of the sponsors via abby@optimistconsulting.co.uk asap for information.

Historical weaving items available

IMG_6943The Museum of London is currently undertaking a major review and rationalisation of its social and working history collections.

As part of this review they have identified a number of items that no longer fit within the Museum’s collecting policies and long term strategic plan. They would ideally like to transfer these items to an institution which is better placed to care for and provide access to them.

The Museum is also keen to breathe new life into these historic items by offering them to new professional weavers, weaving colleges or recent graduates wishing to establish their own weaving workshops. The items on offer include bobbins, shuttles and many other items related to the weaving industry. Expressions of interest are particularly welcome from new start up weavers and weaving colleges who feel such historic items would be of benefit to a new generation of weavers.

They have a number of items from two London weaving firms.

Below is a summary of the two London firms where these objects originally came from:

1. Sindall’s Silk Trimming established in east London in 1864. During the early years of the of 20th century, Sindalls emerged as one of leading surviving manufacturers of silk cords and braids in London. The firm closed in 1981 at which point the Museum acquired a large collection of equipment including narrow weaving power looms and jacquard mechanisms as well as specialist machinery and equipment used in the production of silk cords and braid. The items they now wish to transfer to other institutions are surplus or duplicate items in the collection and range from large items such as squirrel cage swifts for unwinding skeins of yarn and weavers creels, through to smaller items such as shuttles, spools and bobbins.

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Job: Asiatic Carpets Ltd

Koko CoralAsiatic Carpets Ltd are looking for an in – house designer to work at their London head office 4 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 a 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.

This is a varied role and responsibilities include, but are not limited too;

Following design and trend briefs provided by a range of high street interior brands.
Creating new designs and adapting existing designs, for both the high street and the companies own collection.
Conducting research into current and future trends.
Compiling mood boards and colour stories.
Carrying out Comp Shops.

Essential skills and experience
Degree in a relevant subject, preferably textile design (Print, Weave or Surface pattern).
Creative flair and commercial approach to design.
Sensitivity to colour.
Strong CAD skills, Photoshop and Illustrator experience.
Ability to identify key trends, and interpret these in a relevant and commercial way.
Knowledge of high street interiors market.
Ability to work towards specific and varied briefs.
Ability to work in a fast paced environment.
Must be able to successfully work as part of a team and independently.
Strong communication skills, both verbal and written.
This is an entry level role but some relevant experience within a similar role or internship is required.
Hours of work: 9am to 5.30pm Monday-Thursday Location: London N4

Salary: Dependant on experience
To apply for this role please send your CV with a covering letter to justin@asiatic.co.uk

The Cockpit Arts / Clothworkers’ Foundation Award 2016: Call for Entries

Rowenna Mason_weaving (1)Applications are invited for the Cockpit Arts / The Clothworkers’ Foundation Awards 2016.

The Awards are only open to weavers who have graduated within the last 5 years.

The Awards aim to assist emerging weavers each year 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 a representative of The Clothworkers’ Foundation, will be looking for up to three 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 2016 and will include a space in a shared studio equipped with 3 looms, Leclerc and Louet, and it offers the following benefits:
• Studio space and use of looms within the creative community of Cockpit Arts at Deptford, London, SE8 with access to office facilities and resource centre.
• Business and professional development services including on-site coaching, a personalised development plan, workshops and seminars.
• A range of selling and promotional opportunities including Cockpit Arts Open Studios selling events twice a year.
• Award worth £2,000 with the remaining £2,000 fee being provided by the Award winners, payable on a monthly basis.

How to Apply:
Please request a “Clothworkers Award” application pack from dana@cockpitarts.com

Deadline for receipt of applications is 5pm Friday 27 May 2016

Interviews with shortlisted applicants will be held on Monday 6 June 2016

Winners will be expected to take part in our Awardee Induction Day on Wednesday 13 July and move into Cockpit Arts Deptford no later than 1 September 2016

Job: Stephen Walters- now closed to applications 11.05. 2016

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

Entry Level Textile Designer to work within their creative design team producing CAD representations of their jacquard designs.

The design work is extremely varied and covers a broad range of fabrics from men’s neckwear to contemporary womenswear and furnishings.

They 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 not essential, as full training will be given to the successful applicant.

Their design team is currently made up of trained designers from a variety of disciplines such as print, surface pattern and weave. They would like to hear from anyone who is qualified in similar areas.

Hours of work: 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday (40 hours)
Location: Sudbury, Suffolk
Salary: Depending on experience

 

Now closed to applications 11.5.2016

London Craft Week 2016

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The second edition of London Craft Week will showcase exceptional craftsmanship from around the world through a  programme of 129 events across the city, featuring hidden workshops and unknown makers alongside celebrated masters, famous studios, galleries, shops and luxury brands from 3rd – 7th May 2016.

Weaving events include:
Dashing Tweeds  working on a table top loom to show the basics behind the design and development process used to create their urban cycling reflective tweeds, using unique reflective woollen cloth also known as lumatwill.  Dashing Tweeds specialise in creative woven textiles for menswear, tailoring modern sporting tweeds into ready to wear collections.Dashing Tweeds cloth for CraftW (1)
Lin: The Arts of Taiwanese Rush Weaving : Curated by Native & Co with Chia-En Lu and the Taiwan Yuan-Li Handiwork Association, this exhibition including a workshop explores the craft and techniques behind Taiwanese rush weaving, following its history and rebirth through contemporary design.

Native & Co, London Craft Week 2016With 300 years of history, rush weaving is one of Taiwan’s oldest and most traditional crafts. Lin wild rush grass, is native to the paddy fields of Yuanli in western Taiwan. First used by the Pingpu tribe to weave everyday objects, rush weaving evolved over centuries. At its peak the craft thrived under Imperial Japan, becoming one of Taiwan’s main exported goods. Rush weaving cannot be reproduced by machine and requires immense skill and patience. Chia-En showcases a series of hand-woven rush-weaved baskets, made in collaboration with the Taiwan Yuan-Li Handiwork Association. Each piece is handmade by master weaver Xue-Yun.

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Theo Moorman Trust Award: Cos Ahmet

Cos_Ahmet_Mutatis-Mutandis-detail 3Cos Ahmet has received an award from the Theo Moorman Trust to develop new work which will be exhibited at the K&S Shows across three venues later this year.

The Theo Moorman Trust for Weavers has been in existence since 1990 and aims to be a valuable resource for both young and experienced weavers. The Trustees want to ensure that the grants that are made enable individual weavers to maintain a high standard of work, and through this, to promote weaving as an art form. The Trust was established in 1985 by Theo Moorman MBE (1907-1990) and came into operation on her death.

Cos Ahmet is a multi-disciplinary artist. His practice is made up of textiles, in the form of woven tapestry, collage, printmaking and object making. His interest in textiles as a medium of exploration in to identity, self and the body uses the practicalities of the medium to discern a metaphor within the human form, representing these as: ‘thread as the thought’, ‘warp as the skeleton’, ‘weft as flesh or skin’, and ‘weave’ as the soul.
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Exhibition: Symbiosis

corrected Front postcard Symbiosis on sea_edited-1The South East British Tapestry Group is holding their third exhibition of contemporary
woven tapestries.

The exhibition is at Hastings Arts Forum from The Mill House Gallery in a tower mill built in the 1820’s on Highdown Hill, Angmering, West Sussex.

Dates:  25th March- 4th April 2016.
Open: Tues – Sun 11.00- 17.00

In the year that Hastings is commemorating the 950 year anniversary of the Battle of Hastings with the Root 1066 International Festival of contemporary arts, it is appropriate that the British Tapestry Group brings woven tapestry to the town that is so closely connected with the embroidery called ‘The Bayeux Tapestry’.

This year the theme of the exhibition is Symbiosis. Each weaver shows their personal interpretation in their tapestry weaving, resulting in a diverse and inventive collection of work, some taking the natural world as inspiration others focus on the way that ideas interact in warp and weft.

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New Weaving Companies: Island of Yell, Shetland

GlobalYell Production pictures - 8Two new companies  have been set up on the Island of  Yell, Shetland; GlobalYell Production and The Shetland Tweed Company. GlobalYell Production is a small to medium scale manufacturing plant using a 24 shaft AVL Industrial Dobby Loom to produce runs of up to 100 m, while The Shetland Tweed Company is a design company which produces tweeds for the fashion industry, and which offers design consultancy.

GlobalYell Production offers woven short and medium runs and is part of GlobalYell which runs residencies and stays for makers. The manufacturing company runs a 24 shaft AVL Industrial Dobby Loom, weaving at 1.5m width and specialises in short and medium length runs with a minimum order of ten metres and a maximum order of fifty metres per bolt. Longer runs can be made through partner mills in Shetland and Scotland.

GlobalYell Production pictures - 13The company works with clients who want bespoke and exclusive fabrics as well as weaving pre-designed cloths for artists, craftspeople, and industry, and partners with design company, The Shetland Tweed Company, also based in Yell, if design consultation is needed. Yarns can be sourced and the lead-time for completed cloth is ten to twelve weeks with professional finishing done in the Borders of Scotland or, if desired, in-house at the studio.

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Soie de Lune: Vacancy now closed to applications 22. 4. 2016

L_5233 (1)London based Soie de Lune, is a luxury textile manufacturer with its own hand-weaving workshop in in Vientiane, Laos, which has a fantastic opportunity for a paid intern at their craft base in South East Asia. They are seeking a talented and ambitious textile designer to join them for 12 months. The company collaborates with and sells to the world’s most renowned interior designers.

This post offers a unique opportunity to support Soie de Lune’s artisan fabric initiative. It’s a true hands-on designer role where, on the one side, the successful candidate will be given the means to create and on the other side, the support to learn practically how a business runs. Soie de Lune wants a talented individual to be responsible for textile design projects, taking them from conception to completion.

Soie de Lune is offering a complete package including paid travel, paid accommodation and remuneration. For more information contact vacancy closed 22.4.2016 and visit their website www.soiedelune.com to find out more about the company.

Text and image: Soie de Lune