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Exhibition: 1580 | Space & Volume

Dates: 5th March – 25th April 2018.
Meet the Maker: 21st March 2018
Address: The Guy Goodfellow Collection Showroom,
15 Langton Street.
London. SW10 0JL.

During London Design Week 2018, Master weaver, Philippa Brock showcases her three dimensional  woven textiles work, in the Guy Goodfellow Collection Showroom  as part of their “Makers Tales” series. A celebration of innovation in constructed textiles.

Philippa is showing some of her new abstract works, from the series  ‘1580: Volume and Space in the Third Dimension’,  informed by endless repetition, medieval ruff sizes, cellular kite construction and psychedelic honeycomb mushrooms.

This work explores the experimental weaving of multiple vertical interconnecting layers, that expand into 3D forms once removed from the loom. These pieces are sized and suspended, resulting in a series of abstract kinetic works interplaying with shadow and form. Continue reading →

Exhibition: Tactile Tectonics

Tactile Tectonics – Weaving Nature in 3 dimensions

Stacey Harvey-Brown
7th April – 12th May 2018
Wed – Sat 10-4pm (May 6th 11-4)

Tactile Tectonics – informed by geology, erosion and the sea, tubular woven Growth Forms and undulating Strata Walls explore an evolving world of dimensionality and tactility in textural weaving by Stacey Harvey-Brown. Metamorphosis from rock to coral to medusa, all is possible with imagination, natural and manmade materials and versatile weave structures.

Stacey Harvey-Brown draws from natural forms found wherever she has travelled (New Zealand, Europe, US, South America). Limestone cliffs, stalactites, strata layers were the initial inspiration behind Tactile Tectonics and developed during her Masters degree (University of Derby, 2011-14), but audience interpretation from joint exhibitions in New Zealand, North-West US (2014), Switzerland (2015), and Holland (2016) has led her recently to explore similar albeit living formations found in the sea – medusa, nudibranches, flatworms, seaweeds, corals – and develop some wearable pieces. Made to be touched, this is a tactile exhibition. Continue reading →

Exhibitions & Events: Dovecot Studios

Baths to Bobbins 10 years at Infirmary Street
From 29 March 2018

The Infirmary Street Baths were the first public baths in Edinburgh, built in 1885 by Robert Morham. Following the enactment in 1846 to Encourage the Establishment of Public Baths and Wash-houses, baths were built in Scotland from the 1850s to provide accessible washing facilities to improve public health. Until the 1870s women had to attend at different times from men. In the Ladies Baths space at Dovecot, we see an example of their needs being considered in the building design.

Dovecot was originally located at the site of the Corstorphine Castle, before moving in 2008 to Infirmary Street following a 2 year renovation and restoration project of the former Victorian baths building.

Celebrating 10 years of weaving in the Infirmary Street Baths, Dovecot will share some memories on the Tapestry Studio Viewing Balcony. The display titled Baths to Bobbins will explore memories of those who attended the Baths, the stories of the old Studio in Corstorphine, the saving of the Infirmary Street building and its conversion to a modern tapestry studio.

Screen for Another Focus | David Penny

25 May 2018 to 11 July 2018

As part of the 10-year anniversary of Dovecot’s new life at the old Infirmary Street Baths, Edinburgh, artist David Penny has created an exhibition of photography and video work interpreting the extraordinary craftsmanship of the weavers at Dovecot Tapestry Studio. Penny is interested in the materiality of objects and the aesthetics of technology as well as the actions of the body.

The project comprises images, which offer a focus on the forms, gestures and structures of the process of weaving and suggests parallels between the disciplines of photography and tapestry.

From footage and frames collected during a period of visits to Dovecot during 2017, this work sheds new light on the exceptional craftsmanship and making in Scotland. Continue reading →

Exhibition: Pick by Pick | Margo Selby

Margo Selby : Pick by Pick. In partnership with Rochester Art Gallery

Dates: 15 December 2017 – 24 February 2018
This exhibition in partnership with Rochester Art Gallery features internationally-renowned textile artist and designer Margo Selby. They are showcasing her  hand-woven framed textiles, including new pieces made especially for this show, along with an archive of her design work which reveals the creative process.

The artworks use a technique called Lampas, a historic woven structure that was developed in the 17th century by Huguenot weavers to create decorative brocade fabrics. Margo is now using these weave structures in a new way to create  geometric framed works with a modernist feel.

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Exhibition | Woven: Unwoven

Peter Collingwood | Woven:Unwoven

Venue: Crafts Study Centre,University for the Creative Arts, Falkner Road, Farnham, Surrey GU9 7DS
Dates:Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm

In 1950 the young Dr Peter Collingwood decided to abandon his medical career and dedicate himself instead to becoming a weaver.

Collingwood developed a technical mastery over his weaving equipment, and tailored his creative output to what the loom would permit him to do, mindful of weaving at economic speed, with the future ‘repeat’ potential and marketability of a design ever in mind.

He gained a reputation as a teacher, making many teaching visits to America, and produced four important books on the techniques and art of weaving.

Collingwood’s first purchases of woven materials were made in his years as a recently qualified doctor, posted with the Red Cross, to help with refugees in Jordan, and he added to these throughout his life.

This broad ‘Ethnographic Collection’ displaying both completed historic and contemporary objects and samples, from Indonesia to South America, Arizona to Africa, now resides at the Crafts Study Centre.

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Symposium: ‘Making’ Communities | Textile Research @ CSM

‘Making’ Communities: Textile Research @ CSM |  TFRC Symposium

Date: 25 November 2017
LVMH Lecture Theatre
Central Saint Martins
1 Granary Square, London N1C 4AA
Time: 10.30am – 16.30

About: TFRC is a research community at the University of the Arts London, based at Central Saint Martins’ Textile department. They explore how materials and textiles can enable more inheritable futures. TFRC research ranges from social to sustainable as well as technological and craft innovation focusing on three core research areas: Urban Fabric, Weave Research and Material Innovation.

‘Making’ Communities will bring together practice-led academics from TFRC as well as Visiting Professor Reiko Sudo/ NUNO Tokyo and London based Studio Weave (tbc) to share latest textile and material innovation as well as new case studies of textile-led community engagement.

Future Processes, the first part of the symposium, will present insights into the sophisticated world of Nuno’s sustainable fabrics, made through innovative material recycling. Philippa Brock and Anne Smith will be re-thinking industrial processes such as loom-based 3D weave fabrication and pattern-making through lasercutting. Professor Carole Collet will present her research into designing future bio-materials with living systems.

Future Communities in the afternoon will discuss the role of textiles as a vehicle to build more inclusive communities – celebrating diverse cultural identities. London-based architecture practice Studio Weave (TBC) will present their recent projects exploring the role of colour in communities. Jo Pierce from Studio Houndstooth will discuss ludic co-design and community visibility in East London and Anne Marr will share research into local place-making with Crisis Brent. Whilst Linda Florence and Rebecca Hoyes will show how textile design can empower local artisan communities in the Middle East to develop new economic opportunities.

Tickets include light lunch and refreshments: £18 / £5 Concessions

Places are limited – please book your ticket here

For further information please visit our website or contact Hannah Cheesbrough via

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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

Texprint 2017: Weave Designers

Texprint interviews, mentors and promotes the UK’s most talented textile design graduates with the support of industry professionals worldwide.

Those selected are introduced to buyers, press and sponsors at the Texprint London event, and at Europe and Asia’s leading yarn and textile exhibitions.

Texprint is entirely funded by the generous sponsorship of industry and by British charitable foundations, who believe wholeheartedly in supporting textile design talent and in encouraging design innovation and excellence.

The following Weave Designers were selected for 2017, and their work can be seen at Première Vision Designs, Paris, Europe’s leading textile design specialty show, where the designers will exhibit their unique textile design collections, meet international buyers and make contacts.

The Texprint Awards Presentation, promoting the talent of British-trained textile designers to an international audience, takes place in the Texprint ‘village’ in Hall 5 and is attended by industry guests and press.  The 2017 Prize Presenter in Paris will be star Japanese designer Yuma Koshino.:

Julia Lidell ( Top image)
The Hen Folk Dress Collection. Hen is a new Swedish word referring to he or she. This is used when the gender is unknown or has no significance for the comunicated message.

Hen Collection is a lifestyle collection, made applicable to gender neutral fashion and accessories, as well as interiors.

The collection explores both heavy and light designs that celebrate the potential of wool and natural materials. Research into the wider heritage of Scandinavia: garments and ships from the viking age, folk dress and craft techniques that are still used today, has inspired a multi-functional collection. This collection is inspired by objects that hold a history and traditional Scandinavian craft techniques as a tool for contemporary design.

I have a wide passion for crafts and materials. Textiles have always been an interest of mine, previous to my woven textiles degree in London, I studied tailoring and design for three years at college in Sweden. Textiles has become my specialism but I have a wide interest for many different crafts, ceramics, silversmithing, embroidery. The key for me is the authenticity of materials and the value of old craft technique.The last year I have been focussing on creating delicate but heavily textured contemporary woven designs, with a high wool content in earthy grounded colours, inspired by objects that hold a history, and by traditional techniques.

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Exhibition: The Darker Thread // Edefyn Tywyllach

A Darker Thread // Edefyn Tywyllach

Oriel Myrddin Gallery

15 July – 21 October 2017

Wales has a much celebrated tradition of creating both utilitarian and decorative textiles of distinctive design.  From power-loomed blankets to hand-stitched quilts, textiles are a key part of Welsh visual culture and history.

Whilst ‘A Darker Thread’ takes this heritage as its starting point, twelve contemporary artists, designers and makers have been invited to exhibit work which subverts these expectations.

Exhibitors have been selected for their challenging, confrontational or unpredictable approach to making thoroughly contemporary work which confidently cross boundaries of art, design and craft.  A variety of making processes are exemplified, but all make use of thread in some form.

The curious, provocative, intense, fragile works explore broad-ranging themes of empowerment, loss, language, internal landscapes, memory and gender to name but a few.  Some work might still feel comfortably familiar through its materiality or typically ‘Welsh’ colour palette of black, ecru and red; much hopefully, does not.

Exhibitors: Alana Tyson, Eleri Mills, Indre Dunn, Jayne Pierson in collaboration with Neale Howells, Laura Thomas, Llio James, Philippa Lawrence, Rhiannon Williams, Rozanne Hawksley, Ruth Harries, Sally-Ann Parker and Spike Dennis. Continue reading →

Crossover Borås 2017: European Textile Network Conference

Crossover Borås 2017, the XVIII conference of the European Textile Network, ETN, will be held September 12-19, 2017, The main conference sessions will take place on Saturday and Sunday, September 16-17, 2017. at the Swedish Museum of Textiles, located in the city of Borås, 30 minutes from Gothenburg airport.

The Borås Textile Fashion Centre not only houses the Museum but also the Swedish School of Textiles, an internationally renowned centre for textile innovation in fashion and design plus the Smart Textiles Lab.

The conference co-organizers are the European Textile Network, ETN, together with the Swedish Museum of Textiles and Nordic Textile Art association. The conference aims to present a global perspective of the different textile practices and their interactions with a special focus on sustainable creativity and innovation in textile art and design.

Speakers include Lij Edelkoort, one of the world’s most famous trend forecasters, Faigh Ahmed, Azerbaijani artist well known for his conceptual approach to traditional textiles, Jun Tomita, Japanese kasuri weaving master, Grethe Sørensen, Danish Jacquard weaver who recently received the Nordic Award in Textiles, and Catharine Ellis, who together with textile chemist Joy Boutrup, will talk about collaborative projects between art and science, among others.

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