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Exhibition: A Field of Cloths

Ikat_5 for web thumbnail The London Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers is holding a textile exhibition: A Field of Cloths – An exhibition of handspun & handwoven textiles inspired by Africa, China and India at St Martin-in the Fields, London

Inspired by the commitment of the church to its outreach work in the wider community and its worldwide connections the Guild’s exhibition reflects the designs, techniques, colours and fabrics of China, Africa, India, and Asia. Each piece will be accompanied by an explanation of the original inspiration; such as yarns, i.e. silk, bamboo, camel, the vibrant colours of Africa and India and dyes from around the world.

The exhibition is being held in The Gallery in the Crypt of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
Dates: 20th August -15th September 2013
Free admission – open daily
There will be handmade items for sale.

Guild information.
The London Guild was founded in 1950 and has around 150 active members. They share an interest in hand spinning, hand weaving, dyeing, design, and textiles in general, and membership is open to anyone interested in these crafts. The members are active in producing textiles, both for personal use and commercially, and they also provide training programmes and support others in the understanding and practice of their crafts. As part of the aim of the Guild to promote awareness of and education in these crafts, they hold a biennial exhibition of members work which this year is at St Martin-in-the-Fields. Guild members give demonstrations of weaving and spinning at events such as the recent Silk Day in Spitalfields celebrating the history of the Huguenots in London.
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Texprint Weavers 2013

The 2013 Texprint Weavers exhibited their work last week at Texprint London for a first view for press, sponsors, industry and supporters. The Designers will all be showing at Indigo/Premièr Vision, Paris from 17th – 19th Sept 2013.

The following five weave designers showed their work at the Texprint London.

Elizabeth Ashdown
Inspired by military and tudor embroidery and interlocking wires found in mechanical parts, Elizabeth Ashdowns’ woven and stitched textile collection incorporates a range of luxurious and unusual materials.

‘Stitched Connections’ is a collection of statement passmenterie trimmings that utilise  a fresh and contemporary colour palette to present a quirky and highly individual approach to an age-old craft.  She also designs a range of woven and switched textiles for both fashion and interiors

Elizabeth graduated from Central Saint Martins, UAL. Ribbon images by the designer


Signe Rand Ebbesen
The inspiration for Signe’s graduate collection of woven fabrics is the colour shifts, the unpredictable structures, the glitter and the semi-translucent layering of minerals and crystals. She has sought to create textiles that change colour and pattern depending on the angle of light, movement and the draping.

The characteristics and aesthetics of treatments normally added to fabrics after production, like embroidery, foiling, embossing and waxing have been engineered into the weaving, to give a luxurious detailing.

Signe has used natural fibres like cashmere, silk and linen to give the fabrics good draping properties and woven synthetic materials like nylon and polyurethane on the top of the cloth to give a sculptural and unexpected surface. ”
Signe graduated from The Royal College of Art.



Ffion Griffith
‘Unravelling the Welsh blanket’

With the aim of reviving and preserving Welsh weaving methods this collection reinterprets traditional techniques in an original way.

Studying historical textiles inspired the creative reinvigoration of Welsh double-cloth, honeycomb textures and classic striped designs. Correspondence with mill-owners set the challenge of adhering to the industry’s unchanged manufacturing capacities.

Championing the luxurious qualities of natural fibres influenced the choice of lambswool to create blankets of irresistible tactility. British woven Axeminster carpet is a celebration of a collaboration between traditional manufacturing and contemporary ideas. A range of digitally printed cotton furnishing velvet offers a combination of practicality and eye-catching design, which demonstrates the versatility of pattern application.

Focused on celebrating the wealth of Wales’ traditional manufacturing skills, the presentation of new captivating designs entrenched in historic poignancy will raise the profile of Wales’ woollen industry.

Ffion graduated from Cheslsea College of Arts and Design, UAL

Cherica Haye
Chericas collection is inspired by Savile Row opulence juxtaposed with crowd protest photography and group animal migration. She explores traditional/luxe yarns alongside less conventional materials such as horsehair and plastic.


Cherica graduated from the Royal College of Art








Taslima Sultana
Taslima Sultana designsTaslima’s work is inspired by the way insects and plants use their natural designs to attract and protect. From the use of colour, texture and pattern she has produced a vibrant textural collection designed for luxury interior accessories.

Taslima graduated from Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design, UAL







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Job: Sales Trainee Manager. Humphries Weaving

Humphries Weaving 2005 production for Windsor CastleHumphries Weaving company has an international reputation for high quality in woven silk fabrics, and has been weaving exclusive furnishing fabrics since 1972. They are looking to recruit a Sales Trainee Manger.

The successful applicant will demonstrate an ability to work with existing clients whilst seeking out new sales possibilities. The successful candidate will liaise between clients, designers and production. A key requirement will be an understanding of the UK and international furnishing markets and Humphries Weaving’s place with-in it.

Textile design or a background in historic interiors would be an advantage. Enthusiasm and communication skills will enhance the company’s opportunities and reputation at the very top of the furnishing trade. They offer training for development, and a unique chance to work with a luxury brand in the textile industry.

Hours of work are 8.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday – (40 hours) Please send applications in  by July 31st 2013.
Job location Sudbury, Suffolk
Please send your CV to  for the attention of: R. J. Humphries

LCF Textiles Symposium 2013: Connecting with Textiles

textiles-symposium-2013London College of Fashion symposium: Connecting with Textiles
Date: Thursday 11th July 2013
Time: 8.45am – 3,30pm
Location: 40 Lime Grove, London W12 8EA
In celebration of the diversity and significance of textiles in the contemporary fashion industry, London College of Fashion is pleased to announce its first Textiles Symposium: ‘Connecting with Textiles’ scheduled for Thursday 11th July 2013 at its Lime Grove building, 40 Lime Grove, London W12 8EA.

The day-long symposium will take the form of short pecha kucha style presentations by representatives from all areas of the industry, offering an insight into textile research, design and innovation in all its guises within fashion. There will be presentations from leading researchers, designers and recent graduates covering present developments and future aspirations, allowing for lively debate and exchange of ideas in the world of textiles for the fashion industry.

Please pay the nominal registration fee of £15 in advance of the event here.
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