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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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The Open West 2015: Call for Entries






The Open West 2015 is putting out a call for entries. The exhibition will be at The Wilson Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum.

The deadline for applications is 20th February 2015 and the exhibition will be from 16th  May to 28th  June 2015. You can apply online or by post. All work is  invited from UK and international artists aged 18 and over

Curators : Lyn Cluer Coleman and Sarah Goodwin

Guest selectors: Neville Gabie and Alastair Gordon

The open west is inviting submissions from national and international artists and makers practising contemporary and conceptual art inclusive of painting, installation, film and sound, textile, photography, ceramics, print, drawing, performance, sculpture, glass, metal and plastics.

Up to 45 shortlisted artists will be selected and the exhibition will run for a six week period from 16 May to 28 June 2015, at the new purpose built galleries at The Wilson, Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum. There will be an opportunity for selected artists to participate in an educational programme and a day of artist talks at The Wilson.

Ambitious curatorial vision – the open west is an exhibition well worth the trip to Cheltenham. It offers a bold vision by its curators and a fresh and current insight into contemporary art practice. Artlyst, June 2014

The panel of selectors for 2015 will include the curators Lyn Cluer Coleman and Sarah Goodwin, and artists Alastair Gordon and Neville Gabie. The Curators’ Award and the University of Gloucestershire Award will be announced on the Private View night of Friday 15 May 2015.

Full application details can be seen at along with information and images from the open west’s previous six exhibitions at The Wilson, the National Trust’s Newark Park, Gloucester Cathedral and the University of Gloucestershire.

The open west is a not for profit organisation dedicated to providing opportunities for emerging, mid-career and established artists.

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Winner: Amber Roper

fur 3aAmber Roper is a recent graduate from Central Saint Martins, specialising in hand woven textiles . After graduating, Amber presented her woven textiles collection at the New Designer’s  exhibition held at the Business Design Centre, Islington. Soon after, she was selected as a finalist for the 2014 International Creative Pattern Design Competition, held in Hangzhou, China.

Amber’s degree show collection ‘The Changeover- Modern Samurai’ was recognised for it’s highly innovative and individual use of traditional and experimental materials.

Her collection was placed in the top 3, receiving one of the grand prizes of the competition and winning the award for Best Material Creative.

China Academy of Art and the Hangzhou Municipal Government hosted the competition. It received over 400 entries from around the world and out of these Amber was the only candidate from Great Britain shortlisted to present her collection in China as one of final 30 exhibitors.

She is currently working as a weave designer for menswear shirting company David Howard. She is also working as a freelance textile designer, and has been invited back to china in 2015 by Tao Yin, Dean of Fashion and Textiles at China Academy of Arts. She will be exhibiting a new collection of exciting textiles.
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Stephanie Rolph: The Peter Collingwood Trust Fund Winner 2014



“It is our perception of space that alters the space.
It is consciousness that finds meaning in all spaces.”

This Bryan Lawson quote inspired Stephanie Rolph’s research project: (im)Permanence. The project was part of her final year BA (Hons) Textile Design course at CSM, which was an investigation into the potential for creating rigid, self-supporting woven materials. The materials she  developed were designed to form a modular furniture system.

Her studio practice focuses on the role of textiles within spaces, both architecturally and as products and objects, looking not just at the appearance of textiles but at the form and physical properties. She aims to challenge preconceived ideas on what woven fabrics can be and how they can be used, believing that unusual applications of fabrics can help to redefine the textiles themselves.

Interior textiles are often generally drapes, rugs and upholstery fabrics. There is general feeling that fabrics within space are decorative: a cushion on a wooden chair or the drapes to accent a room. Often then, the textile is an after thought; some consider them less important because of this. Her project set out to see if she could disturb this relationship, creating woven structures that existed both as ornament and have function within a space.
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Silvery Threads Winner: Rita Parniczky

X-RayVaults 2014As previously reported on The Weave Shed, The Costume and Textile Association for Norfolk Museums (C&TA) was  celebrating its 25th Anniversary in October 2014 by holding an open, juried textiles competition and exhibition on the theme of  “Silvery Threads”. The exhibition was held in The Hostry, Norwich Cathedral, was from 2nd to 13th October 2014.
The idea of the Silvery Threads Competition developed from looking through the early journals of the C&TA, when there was often an annual competition.

Rita Parniczky was announced the overall  winner of  the Geoffrey Squire Memorial Competition and also won the wall hung pieces 1st place award. Out of 136 entries from all over the world, 65 were selected by an independent panel for this Competition Exhibition. Entries were judged without the knowledge of the names or where the entries came from. The selection includes entries from Norfolk, Suffolk and other parts of Great Britain as well as New Zealand and the United States of America. Continue reading →

Texprint Winners: Paris

2014-09-17 18.30.46-7On 17 September 2014, Nino Cerruti presented prestigious prizes to the exceptional British-trained textile design graduates selected to exhibit under the auspices of Texprint at Indigo/Première Vision.

Nino Cerruti said, “The world is full of crazy artists – but we are industrial designers. We must be artists and designers.

The creative and imagination skills need to translate back into clothing and real applications. It is so pleasing to see that the next generation of designers selected to exhibit at Texprint 2014 understand the commercial imperatives that underpin successful design.”

Eminent representatives from the worlds of fashion, interiors, specialist textiles and retailing selected four highly talented graduates from British universities for prizes in the Colour, Pattern, Space and Body categories. 24 designers were in contention for the Texprint prizes, as well as The Woolmark Company Texprint Award and, new for 2014, the Miroglio Texprint Award for Digital Innovation. lululemon athletica had already announced the names of 2 winners. The winning designers each received £1000.00

Barbara Kennington, Chairman, Texprint said: “This exciting new edition of the Texprint showcase at Indigo/PV offers both fashion and interiors industries the opportunity to view the collections of rigorously selected ‘best of the best’ graduate textile designers, all trained in Britain. Their work is unique, exclusive, totally fresh; as designers each is highly talented, professional, and ready to take the textile industry by storm!”Nino Cerruti (Lanificio Fratelli Cerruti) and Agi Mdumulla and Sam Cotton of menswear brand Agi & Sam judge The Woolmark Company Texprint Award (2)

The Texprint prizes were awarded as follows:Space: Georgia Fisher
Georgia Fisher completed an MA in Textiles: Weave at the Royal College of Art, having previously gained a BA in weave at Central St Martins. She was awarded bursaries in 2013 and 2014 from The Worshipful Company of Weavers and won the 2014 Jaeger competition. She gained work experience with The Jackson. Continue reading →