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Dashing Tweeds & UAL: Central Saint Martins Weave Department Live Project


Central Saint Martins College of Arts & Design, University of  The Arts London, second Year BA (Hons) Textile Design weave students worked on a menswear project set by Dashing Tweeds.

Dashing Tweeds create “a range of tweeds, accessories and clothing for the 21st century. The company was founded by photographer Guy Hills and Woven Textile Designer Kirsty McDougall, who share a dedication to challenging the menswear market with elegance, colour, heritage, technology, innovation and humour, developing fabrics and garments that will last a life time….” Dashing Tweeds website

Guy Hill and Kirsty McDougall briefed the students at the new Central Saint Martins Kings Cross campus, illustrating the companies’ work with images, talked about the history of tweeds and Guy Hill modeled a range of Dashing Tweeds clothing throughout the talk.

Keeping to the Dashing Tweeds urban influences, the students had to develop primary visual research choosing an area of London, being given the options of; exploring where they lived, an area that interested them or they had to find an interesting way of bringing together different aspects of London and capture the ‘flavour’ of the areas. This research was used to develop urban and textured tweed woven samples, which the students wove using 8 shaft looms. The students also had to develop computer aided design simulated weave shirting samples, to co ordinate with their tweeds, using specialist weave software.
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Kennet Valley Guild Residential Weaving Course


How to create amazing dimensional texture on 4 and 8 shafts

This is a Residential weaving course 19 – 21 October 2012 with Stacey Harvey-Brown at Wokefield Park, near Reading, with the Kennet Valley Guild of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers.

This 3-day workshop, held in Wokefield Park, near Reading, will be an opportunity to relax in beautiful surroundings, make new weaving friends and learn fun and surprising techniques to create texture in your woven fabrics.

You will learn how to use woven shibori for texture, along with overshot as you might never have used it before, and stitched double cloth

For more information and for booking details, please contact Lorna Goldsmith. lornagoldsmith@yahoo.co.uk

Photograph/designs: Stacey Harvey – Brown.
Top: overshot for texture, (pink 4 shaft, white and green 8 shafts, different threadings);
Centre: stitched double cloth for texture;
Bottom: shibori for texture, (blue 4 shaft, green and white 8 shafts, different threadings).