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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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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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Jacquard x Google Arts & Culture – Artist Residency

Google Arts & Culture and Jacquard (Google ATAP) are launching the first artist-in-residency with the goal of exploring synergies between technology, art, and fashion.

The programme
Google Arts & Culture and Jacquard (Google ATAP) are launching the first artist-in-residency with the goal of exploring synergies between technology, art, and fashion at Google Arts & Culture Lab in Paris. Curated by Pamela Golbin, the program will enable three artists to conceive of and create works that explore textiles, connectivity, and creativity over the course of a five month residency. 

This residency will grant the three artists access to the core of Jacquard technology, factories in Japan, mentoring from Jacquard and Google Arts & Culture engineers, mentoring from Pamela Golbin and Memo Akten, and access to the Google Lab space and resources in Paris. 

The end of the residency will be celebrated by showcasing the art installations at a private event in October 2019 and potential partner museums. Additionally, final work and the Making Of process will be featured in a dedicated section on Google Arts & Culture platform. 
 Artists will own the IP of their artwork.

The Residency includes:
– Weekly advisory meetings with Google Arts & Culture Lab and Jacquard engineers – Access to Jacquard Research and Development teams – Artist mentors : Pamela Golbin and Memo Akten – Dedicated Creative Coder and hardware prototyping team- Jacquard Factory visit and inspiration trip in Japan- Three weeks at the Google Arts and Culture lab in Paris- Stipend of 10k€ gross for each artist – Production budget and Jacquard material production: 15k€ for each artist

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Competition: The Wool Innovation Prize

Wool Innovation Prize

The Wool Innovation Prize is to be offered annually to any individual who shows the most innovative use of wool in any commercially viable application. A prize of up to £10,000 will be awarded together with a merit certificate to the winner, which will be presented at a City livery dinner.

The prize will be promoted through a number of magazines, agricultural shows, Textile Societies and research organisations. Applicants should apply on line through the Campaign for Wool. The winner will be announced at the end of September every year.

The prize is being awarded by the Worshipful Company of Woolmen and the Company of the Merchants of the Staple of England Charitable Trust.

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.
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Competition: Knockando Woolmill

Knockando Woolmill  launches their  New Designer Competition

Knockando Woolmill is proud to introduce their inaugural New Woven Textile Designer Award, seeking emerging talent from across the United Kingdom.

The competition aims to uncover the best of new textile design talent, inviting current students and recent graduates to submit innovative, contemporary designs that push boundaries.

The competition is open to entries from 30th August and closes at midnight on 30th September. 10 finalists will be chosen by a judging panel consisting of the team at the Mill, Anna Freemantle, director of the Edinburgh International Fashion Festival, and a guest judge (to be announced closer to the closing date of submission).

Anna Freemantle describes the competitions as:

“A hugely exciting opportunity for young and relevant creativity and innovation to be implemented into an old functioning mill and its traditional, existing design”

The winning design will be announced by a top, internationally recognised judging panel as part of this year’s Edinburgh International Fashion Festival (8-12 November 2017).

The winning design will then be produced commercially and sold with custom labelling featuring the designer’s name.

The competition is open to  current undergraduate and postgraduate students, and recent graduates of Fashion or Textile Design, provided they are not yet in full-time employment within the industry and graduated after January 2017.

For more details, and to find out how to enter

New Designers: Worshipful Company of Weavers Prize Winners

IMG_6825The Worshipful Company of Weavers‘ prize for best woven fabrics at New Designers 2016 was awarded to Lydia Hiles from Manchester School of Art.

Lydia Hiles describes her work as: ‘captivated by methods of recording and storing information my intrigue into both the digital realm and the natural world has led to the development of a body of woven textile designs for fashion. I am particularly interested in adding a contemporary edge to traditional menswear fabrics by employing an innovative approach to colour, yarn, and structure.

Alongside my woven fabric designs I have also developed a trio of scarves commissioned for Flowers Gallery, London by the Michael Kidner trust. Inspired by the repeated undulating line motif of the column and wave works of Kidner the trio of woven lambswool scarves used his work as both a visual and conceptual catalyst. Taking particular interest in the themes of mathematics, chaos and wave theories I sought to capture the character of Michael Kidner’s artwork. I found that the scarf offered a unique canvas, in which composition and fabric qualities combined to create an exclusive piece of design for the gallery.” Continue reading →

Perrier-Jouët Arts Salon Prize 2016: Rita Parniczky

X-RayVaultSeriesII-NoII-w sunlight-RitaParniczkyThe fourth annual Perrier-Jouët Arts Salon Prize for emerging artists has been awarded to Rita Parniczky. Parniczky was nominated by textile artist, Alice Kettle and selected from a list of 25 nominees by the Perrier-Jouët Salon.

The Perrier-Jouët Arts Salon Prize is awarded to an artist whose work evokes a contemporary interpretation of the Art Nouveau movement and who has a strong sense of craftsmanship and beauty.

Rita Parniczky masters the passage and play of light in her translucent material installations. In exposing the structure of woven material, her X-Ray Series recalls the structures hidden within organic and architectural forms, evoking a contemporary interpretation of the dynamic, curved and flowing lines intrinsic to the Art Nouveau era.

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Call for Entry: The Cordis Trust Prize for Tapestry

Anne Naustdal – Arid LandscapeFollowing the success and great critical acclaim of its first year, Visual Arts Scotland would like to announce the return of their major prize for woven tapestry, generously donated by the Cordis Trust.

The Cordis Trust Prize for Tapestry will be awarded at their annual exhibition in February 2016. The submission, open to professional tapestry artists worldwide is for a large tapestry, hand woven by the artist within the last five years. There is a prize of £5000.

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The Peter Collingwood Trust Award 2015 Winner: Rita Parniczky

Rita ParniczkyRita Parniczky is the winner of the Peter Collingwood Trust Award 2015. Her latest work, X-Ray Vault Series I and II have earned her this award for innovation in loom-based work. In 2014, to continue the development of her translucent material Parniczky set a new challenge to further investigate the movements of the warp, this time focusing on the manipulation of the monofilament warp.

Observing the architectural details of fan vaults Parniczky recalled the skeletal structure in her new body of work X-Ray Vault Series I. This piece, as previously posted on The Weave Shed was the winner of the Geoffrey Squire Memorial Competition 2014. Parniczky, with the  support of an Arts Council England grant further explored her process and technique to form more complex and abstract fan-like shapes at a larger scale in 2015.

The result, X-Ray Vault Series II exhibited at COLLECT at Saatchi Gallery, demonstrates profound monofilament warp manipulations resulting in patterns that are emphasised and truly visible with light passing through the structure.

Rita Parniczky’s curiosity about what lies beneath textile surfaces led her to experiment with various weave techniques during her studies at Central Saint Martins. She has developed her own translucent material that reveals the vertical warp. The warp threads, otherwise often invisible in most materials, become the focal point and form elaborate patterns in Parniczky’s work. `I like to imagine complex patterns running underneath the surface of woven materials, invisible to the naked eye until unveiled in my work. I compare this to the bone structure of the human body, only visible when x-rayed.` explains Parniczky.

Parniczky studies her translucent material installations with light; natural or artificial light bring visual change to the pieces taking on the luminosity of crystals. Parniczky is interested in the transformation of the material as light moves across her work; she analyses this performance at different locations and times and documents her findings in photography and moving image.

Competition: Bristol Tweed

Farm8byAlexIngram2014-2low resBristol Cloth have launched an open competition to design a Tweed for Bristol. The cloth will be a 100% wool fabric of classic heritage-inspired design, prioritising locally sourced materials and manufacturing processes from the South West of the UK.

Design Brief
What does Bristol’s social fabric look like?
What kind of cloth does Bristol need?
How would you weave Bristol?
What woven designs were traditionally borne out of the South West?

The winning Bristol Cloth design will encapsulate the  very diverse city, while also referencing traditional woven design. Participants will choose their own starting point from which to explore a design theme and follow Bristol Cloth’s Instagram for inspiration.

The Bristol Cloth will be broadly and commercially appealing to local designer-makers, local brands and retailers as well as the general public with end use being for accessories, outerwear and/or interiors.

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