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Opportunity: Action Through Enterprise Project | Ghana. 16.1.2018 vacancy filled

A Handweave graduate/technician, or similar is required for a three week Ghana-based project.

Action Through Enterprise  is a charity that operates in the far north of Ghana.

The charity helps local entrepreneurs set up in business by providing micro grants to enable them to buy equipment and materials to start trading.

Amongst those that the charity has assisted are a number of weavers who produce traditional fabric to the local market.

The environment of northern Ghana is particularly harsh, made more so by climate change, and as a result the local weavers are finding it increasingly difficult to sell their wares.

A private UK company ‘Milou Textiles’ has now been created to employ the local weavers and market their produce in the European marketplace.

Milou Textiles will return 25% of all profits from sales to Action Through Enterprise.

Milou are looking for a UK based weaver with good technical knowledge of hand weaving processes to help the weavers to adapt their practices from using their present rudimentary looms to using wider floor looms.

The successful applicant will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Lawra in Upper West Ghana for two to three weeks in May or June 2018. For more information please contact Jonathan Hall of Milou Textiles. Vacancy Filled 16.1.2018 – please do not send applications in.

Text & images: Milou Textiles

Job: Himatsingka Europe Ltd

Himatsingka Europe Ltd

New role: Sales & Product Development Assistant

Himatsingka Europe, Drapery & Upholstery Division
Himatsingka Europe, based in London, is the European sales and marketing office of the Himatsingka Drapery and Upholstery fabrics manufacturing facility, which is the largest of its kind in India, and a world leader for its class of products.

The operation is vertically integrated from pre-weaving yarn preparation to post-weaving finishing processes. The facility was built with a vision to produce Drapery and Upholstery products that epitomize cutting edge design and quality.

Over the years, its design and product development capabilities have paved the way to create products for the most recognized brands in the world. Continue reading →

Job: Technical Tutor – Woven Textiles

Loughborough University: The School of the Arts, English and Drama is seeking a high-level, self-motivated Technical Tutor to provide high quality technical teaching, research and enterprise activities in Woven Textiles

Reporting to the Senior Technical Officer, staff at this level will be experienced specialists. They will use their knowledge and experience to complement a team of highly skilled staff in supporting Foundation, Undergraduate (UG) and Postgraduate (PG) Teaching, Research and Enterprise within the school.

Working from our specialist hub facilities which include weave and jacquard workshops, the role holder will enable students to develop the understanding, skills, confidence and expertise necessary to employ the appropriate technical elements required for developing and creating their professional practice work.

The post is full-time and fixed term to 31st July 2018.

Application closing date: 8 December 2017

For informal enquiries, contact Rachael Jermyn,

Image & Text: Rosie Moorman. Courtesy of Loughborough University

Job: The Humphries Weaving Company Ltd: Position closed 7.12.2017

Job: Sales and Design Assistant

Deadline: Currently open

Company Profile
Humphries Weaving is a leading British manufacturer of custom Jacquard fabrics, gaining an international reputation in weaving fine furnishings. With a varied portfolio of works we undertake client led projects for prestigious historical restorations, alongside the high end interior design market.

The Role
Humphries Weaving are looking to recruit a Sales and Design Assistant to join and support their small ambitious team. The role is diverse encompassing hand and computer design work as well as implementation of the company marketing strategy through social media and website activities. There is the opportunity to progress into managing your own client accounts and to grow relationships through customer liaison and site visits. Alongside this is office based administration related to these responsibilities and administration support for other team members.

The Candidate
The successful candidate will have a degree in woven textile design or similar and a minimum of 1 year relevant experience; designing for Jacquard fabrics would be advantageous. Sensitivity to colour and a keen interest in furnishing and/or historic textiles is desired.

With a professional attitude, the candidate must be able to confidently communicate with colleagues and clients alike. Knowledge of WordPress and social media or a willingness to learn would be an advantage.

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Job: Faculty Position in Fiber & Material Studies | School of The Art Institute Chicago

Full time Faculty Position in Fiber and Material Studies
The Department of Fiber and Material Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) invites applications for a full-time, tenured or tenure-track faculty position, beginning August 2018. Rank and salary are competitive with peer institutions and are commensurate with quality of practice, scholarship, and current academic research, extent of teaching experience, and current professional standing.

Program profile
The Department of Fiber and Material Studies emphasizes the production of textiles and fiber arts within a contemporary art context and supported by current theoretical discourse. Students study a vast range of textile construction, surface techniques, and processes, including: weaving, print, dye, stitch, soft sculpture, felting, knitting, crochet, spinning, collage, and embellishment.

Our studios feature analog and digital equipment, and students engage in thinking and working with hand processes while incorporating digital technologies and computer-assisted approaches to making. The department currently has 6 full-time and 16 part-time faculty. It has up to 20 dedicated MFA students, and over 750 undergraduate enrollments in 60 courses each academic year.

In addition, SAIC is affiliated with the world-renowned Art Institute of Chicago, which offers a comprehensive collection of textiles, fiber, and contemporary art. Further information about the department can be found at

Full-time faculty in Fiber and Material Studies teach and advise undergraduate and graduate students within the interdisciplinary art and design school environment of SAIC. Full-time faculty must maintain an active professional practice, provide vision and direction as the Department Chair on a rotating basis, and participate in the SAIC community through ongoing curricular development and departmental and school governance.

An MFA or equivalent terminal degree is preferred. Candidates with a nationally/internationally recognized studio practice and strong exhibition record and/or accomplishments within their field of cultural production preferred. Continue reading →

Job: Account Manager | Stephen Walters & Sons Ltd

Account Manager opportunity
Due to increased demand and business development Stephen Walters have a requirement to expand their busy sales team and appoint an additional Account Manager.

This exciting role involves working with creative people to grow sales. Please write to the company and tell them how you would do the above and what you could bring to their team.

Company profile

SWS is a sales division within the Walters group designing, marketing and selling woven fabrics, generally to high end international designer brands. Fabric is manufactured and woven on the Sudbury Silk Mills site in Suffolk.

The company is fully vertical, including fabric design, yarn dyeing, warping, weaving and finishing.

The role
The purpose of the role is to introduce and manage a portfolio of customer accounts to deliver a sales revenue target in line with our sales strategy.

The role is customer facing and forms the link between their customers and the mill and does include travel nationally and internationally.

The candidate
The successful candidate will have an understanding of the luxury fashion market with an affinity to creativity and design, and a desire to grow and develop new business.

A willingness to learn and understand our niche products, markets, processes and company vision is essential as well as excellent organisational and communication skills.

Proficiency in Microsoft Office productivity software and an ability to understand industry and company specific systems will be required.

Sales experience within textiles and a textile or fashion related degree would be desirable but not essential.

As they are a manufacturing company some experience of manufacturing and jacquard woven textile knowledge would be an advantage however they are committed to a full and thorough training program.

Hours of work: 8am – 5pm Monday to Friday (40 hours) with some additional travel.
Location: Sudbury, Suffolk.
Salary: Dependant on experience
Training: Necessary training provided.

Closing date for applications: 22nd September 2017 to

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Jobs: The Bristol Weaving Mill

The Bristol Weaving Mill is looking for two full-time weave design/textile graduates to join their growing team. A Sales and Design and a Production and Technical role.

Both positions are for immediate start.
Location: Bristol
Salary: £18,000 PA starting wage.
Submission deadline: 2pm Friday 14th July 2017.

Sales & Design Role
The Bristol Weaving Mill are looking for a confident and driven sales person with a solid technical understanding of weaving and excellent design skills to help us establish, nurture, and maintain client relationships for The Bristol Weaving Mill through pro-active and responsive communication and design development.

This job will involve working closely and strategically on sales, building upon the existing client database for the Bristol Weaving Mill. Each of their client relationships is based on offering a service catered to their individual needs, with most of the customers seeking not only the small-batch and locally managed production capabilities of the mill, but also looking to them to provide input and direction creatively, offering technical advice where necessary.

The creative and technical elements of this role are essential to the main sales element.

– Maintaining communications with existing clients remotely, via phone and email;
– Managing client lists and contacts;
– Meeting with existing and new clients in-house and on sales visits;
– Identifying and targeting new potential clients in the UK and worldwide;
– Co-ordinating the aesthetic development of client projects through trend research and hand- weaving trials;
– Product development for our own branded fabric and products through CAD and hand- weaving;
– Working with the production team at The Bristol Weaving Mill to be able to inform clients about the viability, scope, and limitations of their proposed projects and the different options open to them for any given project;
– Communicating pricing and lead time information to clients;
– Contributing to the development of our in-house fabric collection including personal design
input of trends and hand-loom swatches. Requirements:
– A BA degree in Textiles (specialised in woven constructed fabrics);
– Confident hand-weaver (practical and technical);
– Professional and diverse creative portfolio;
– Excellent interpersonal skills;
– Sales experience preferred but not essential;
– Adobe Suite and Microsoft Office;
– Full UK drivers licence.
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Job: Gainsborough Fine Weavers & Dye House

The Company
Founded in 1903, Gainsborough Fine Weavers & Dye House embodies over a century of British craftsmanship. The entire production process – from design, to hand-dyeing yarns, to weaving the finished fabrics – takes place on the site they have occupied since 1924. They received the Royal Warrant from HM The Queen in 1981.

Alongside their own collections, Gainsborough has long been a textile house for any interior designer seeking  bespoke fabrics, from contemporary, geometric styles to the richest of damasks and pearl-embroidered silks, and our their willingness to support creative craftspeople in their endeavours remains a cornerstone of their offering.

The role
Gainsborough is looking to hire experienced weavers, including hand weavers to join its production team in Sudbury. They have both Jacqaurd Dornier electronic looms as well as 1930s punch-card operated Hattersley Looms.

Successful applicants will be trained both in Dornier and Hattersley operation and also have the opportunity to widen their skill set in other areas of the production process.

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Job: Stephen Walters & Sons Ltd – applications now closed 19. 5. 2017

Stephen 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.

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

They are recruiting for the following two positions to join their highly regarded design team:

Textile Designer
To work within their creative design team, producing CAD representations of their jacquard designs.

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 and who works well as part of a team.

Textile Designer
To work within their technical design team, creating jacquard weave programs using their specialist textile weave CAD system.

They are looking for a designer with good drawing skills, good attention to detail, patience and a good understanding of maths. It would be beneficial if the successful applicant had an understanding of weave and weave structures and some experience of using CAD systems, but this is not essential, as full training will be given. Their design team is currently made up of weave and print designers and the successful applicant will be someone who works well as a part of a team.

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

Closing date for applications: 19.05.17



Job: Guy Goodfellow Collection

Job: Showroom Manager of The Guy Goodfellow Collection

The Guy Goodfellow Collection   showroom will be moving from No. 13 to No. 15 Langton Street, Chelsea, in February 2017.

The new premises will allow the Company to establish a destination showcase, where they will display their own unique collection of fabrics and wallpapers, as well as a curated selection of historic papers, plain and jacquard linens, and individual decorating accessories.

The move has provided the opportunity for a dynamic individual to make a creative contribution to developing the business.

Job description & key tasks
The position will be full-time, 9.00am to 6.00pm five days a week. In addition to managing the showroom, the role requires the successful applicant to be the receptionist for the Guy Goodfellow Architecture and Interiors business. Continue reading →