The Weave Shed is a website for weave designers with a portfolio practice, payee, mills, independent, designer makers, tapestry, artists, educators and students. The site was initially funded for the for the first two years by The Worshipful Company of Weavers and Central Saint Martins, University of The Arts London. The site is edited by Philippa Brock.
The contents, site look and navigation of the site were initially compiled, collated and edited by Philippa Brock with initial support from Eleanor Pritchard. Website design and build by Colin Buttimer.
The Weave Shed is a resource site, providing a portal to available weave resources on one site alongside an active blog featuring weave-related stories, news, up and coming events and featured weavers. We’re a community site and encourage all users to participate in its growth. The information here is from the professional UK & global weave community and the editor.
We welcome all relevant input from users: for feedback, suggestions, information to be added or updated for the resources pages and for weave-related blog features. All contributors to resources pages will be acknowledged on the site and links to their own online resources added where possible. We also have future plans to develop pages for weave-related historical & cultural studies, a newsletter and we welcome any suggestions.
Editor: Philippa M. Brock. MA (RCA)
Philippa is the Woven Textile Pathway Leader at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, an international woven textile researcher and designer/artist with a portfolio practice. She is a lead researcher with the Textile Futures Research Centre. She graduated from Goldsmiths’ College, University of London and gained her MA at the Royal College of Art and was awarded the prestigious Worshipful Company of Weavers Silver Medal in 2014.
Her main textile practice lies in digital woven jacquard and is known for her research textiles which explore 2D – 3D self folding/assembly concepts where the textiles self form as they come off the loom. These have continued to be developed since 1994 – date. She works closely with Gainsborough Silk Weaving Company, where she is able to weave the fabrics herself at the mill. She recently curated the 3 month season ‘Weaving Futures’ at London Transport Museum with Samuel Plant Dempsey. An innovative approach to curation inviting a different resident each week to work to the same brief about data in transport systems and explored process – all the work was made during the exhibition.
Her other work ranges from researching, designing and developing e- woven/Smart textiles through to designing trend packages and curating, including concepts, colours and innovative trend swatches and also designing and making woven textile swatches for the textile industries.
She additionally works to commission, this has included being selected as one of the researchers on The Nobel Textile Project, working with a science Nobel Laureate, developed sustainable woven jacquard denim concepts, worked with many yarn companies developing concept samples for their new outputs. She was also a member of the Textile support committee for the St. Paul’s Cathedral design and replacement vestment project, liaising with a mill.
Pieces of her work from her ‘Self Assembly’ series for the science/art project: ‘Nobel Textiles’ projects have been acquired by the Crafts Council for their permanent collection, and her work can be found in private textile collections.
Her first solo exhibition was at Montreal Centre for Textiles, Canada for which she developed her X Form series which explored inherently smart yarns which were both fluorescent and phosphorescent.
Philippa’s research/design practice pushes the boundaries of what is possible within the field of digital 3D woven jacquard textiles. It involves exploring the full potential of the industrial power loom weaving method, creating ‘finishing’ effects on the loom, relying at times on serendipity to advance new ideas. Initial prototyping is developed on hand looms. The process is also reliant on both old and new yarn developments and exploring unusual combinations of woven structure interactions.
She has set up a ‘slow’ future textiles and materials studio – Studio Houndstooth with Jo Pierce. This studio develops concepts and ideas and works to commission, set up The Houndstooth Project – an egalitarian project for everyone, which is ongoing . They are also develop social engagement methods and approaches through various on going projects.
- Lab Craft: Digital adventures in contemporary craft
- Nobel Textiles: Marrying Design to Scientific Discovery
- Textile Futures Research Centre
- Crafts Council – recent acquisitions [PDF]
Eleanor Pritchard helped set up the website and designs and produces dobby woven fabrics. Techniques such as double-cloths and colour and weave effects are used to achieve gently patterned fabrics, with a palette which draws on mid century English painting – soft chalky colours with unexpected accents.
Eleanor is particularly interested in traditional British fabrics and textile crafts such as Welsh double-cloths and tweeds, and much of her work is a reinterpretation of these traditions for a contemporary context. She produces an annual mill-woven blanket collection, which is sold throughout the world. UK outlets include Margaret Howell, Liberty and Fortnum & Mason.
In addition to her mill-woven range, Eleanor has also undertaken a wide range of commission-based projects. Recent projects have included a large-scale stitch and paper installation for museumaker at Orleans House; a collaborative paper and light installation for Canary Wharf; hand-woven vestment fabrics for Ely Cathedral; atrium screens for the National Trust Central Office, and woven lengths for Christian Lacroix Couture.
Alongside her own practice, Eleanor was also an associate lecturer in weave on the BA Textiles course at Central Saint Martins.
Colin graduated from Middlesex University in Fine Art in 1995. His early work included slow-motion video projections and digital photography, and his practice has since evolved to include writing, music criticism and web-based media. He has written about improvised, experimental and electronic music for The Wire, Jazzwise, Grooves, Signal to Noise and e/i , and online for the BBC, milkfactory, Perfect Sound Forever, Absorb and All About Jazz. He co-founded Hard Format, an online archive that celebrates cd, cassette and record design in the face of digital distribution. He has also developed a large body of digitally post-processed photography that represents a concerted attempt to wrest the magical from the everyday. A broad range of Colin’s activities are documented on www.eleventhvolume.com. He is Web Manager for Central Saint Martins and works as a freelance web consultant/designer/writer. He can be contacted via eleventhvolume (at) gmail.com.