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New Designers: Stephanie Rolph selects 5 weave designers

Stephanie Rolph was asked to select her 5 favourite weave designers at New Designers 2013. Stephanie recently  graduated from Central Saint Martins, BA (Hons) Textile Design and is about to commence an MA in Woven Textiles at The Royal College of Art

Aston Bradley
Aston’s collection, ‘Aqua Abyss’, was inspired by the reactive qualities of jellyfish, coral reefs and sea anemones. A refreshing take on sea-inspired projects, her work focused on creating fabrics that reacted to changing environments. Combing natural and synthetic reactive yarns in particular structures she was able to create a strong collection of weaves with a beautiful depth and movement created by the shrinking and stiffening of yarns.
Images: Aston Bradley

Anna Piper


An MA Design Innovation student at Nottingham Trent (completion Oct 2013), Anna’s collection focused on the process of woven textiles design and production for fashion. Her work is visually striking with strong geometric forms and a monochromatic colour scheme accented with a vivid red. Her work strives to create “single component garments” and through her research into doing this she has created a striking collection of technical fabrics that form a cross over between technical sports fabrics and woven heritage pieces.
Images: Anna Piper

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Exhibition: Tomorrow There is No Recording & weave workshop

nickrelph_1Chisenhale Gallery in Bow, London presents a solo exhibition by London born, New York based, artist Nick Relph who works across video, drawing and installation. This commission of an entirely new body of work will be his first major solo exhibition in a public institution following his ten-year collaboration with Oliver Payne (1999-2009).

Tomorrow There is No Recording examines handicraft, materials and ideas of value and exchange, and the relationship of industrial processes to contemporary economic models. Using a four-harness floor loom, Relph has fabricated a series of small weaves using materials including polyester, rayon, silk, monofilament, latex and paper. The weaves are presented at Chisenhale as part of a specially conceived installation.

Relph’s interest in handmade, woven textiles stems from an appreciation of the labour involved in their production, in addition to the particular formal and material resonance of these constructed fabrics within our digitally-oriented culture. Woven surfaces can be read as images, whilst also retaining the information of their making – mistakes and irregularities or impressions from the loom – and the signs of wear that emerge over time and through use. This preoccupation with the relationship between image and surface emerges from Relph’s previous film and video work. He has said: ‘I can’t think about moving image now without thinking about this surface upon which it’s being viewed’.

Relph first began to explore his interest in the material and social effects of textiles through moving image. Thre Stryppis Quhite Upon ane Blak Field (2010) – presented at the Venice Biennial 2011 and currently on display at Tate St Ives – connects the meandering history of tartan with the Japanese fashion label Comme des Garçons and the artist Ellsworth Kelly. Here, Relph employs a trilogy of colour – red, blue and green – as a visual motif and conceptual device to weave associations between subject matter in the film. The history of colour reproduction, manufacture and consumption are further explored through the presentation of the film as a composite RGB projection, which recalls the mechanical print processes used in the textile industry.

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Workshop: Bhakti Ziek. Multi – weft weave structures for jacquard

Blue_Song_2_DetailBhakti Ziek, co-author of The Woven Pixel: Designing for Jacquard and Dobby Looms Using Photoshop©*, will conduct a six day masterclass in Scotland on multi-weft weave structures using the colourbothy studio Thread Controller 1 (TC1). This class will be limited in size so structures can be studied in depth and everyone will have time weaving on the TC1.

While jacquard weavings can exhibit imagery and great detail using one warp and one weft, such as traditional damasks, using multiple wefts and/or multiple warp systems allows a visual appearance of many colors across one horizontal line of the cloth. Ziek will take students through a study of taqueté and samitum (both weft-faced structures), lampas, weft-backed structures, and double cloth (using more than two wefts).

Students can work with one image developed in all these structures, allowing a great comparison of visual nuances, or use different images for each structure. Or they can choose to focus on just some of the structures that are most relevant to their own needs. The class is small so personal attention will be paid to the individual and their needs. Continue reading →

Exhibition: British Tapestry Group

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The exhibition features work by 48 members of the BTG. The diverse works in the exhibition explore the theme of a sensitive touch. Samples are provided for handling and some pieces have been specifically made to be touched.

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Amateur weaver required for TV production company

Ricochet (The Weave Shed)(1)Independent TV production company Ricochet has recently been commissioned to make a new series for one of the UK’s Major Broadcasters celebrating traditional and contemporary crafts.

They are currently on the lookout for the country’s most gifted amateur craftspeople to take part in a unique programme that will hone their skills and hopefully support them to become masters of their crafts. The crafts they aim to feature include; Pottery, Blacksmithing, Stonemasonry, Weaving, Glass and Cabinet making.

These craftspeople will be mentored by some of the UK’s top professionals from a variety of disciplines as apprentices on an intensive training scheme. At the end of each training period the apprentices will have the opportunity to create a final piece which will be judged by the leading craftsmen and women in these fields. One apprentice will be claimed the best and will hopefully get the opportunity to turn their passion into a career.

If in the instance your skills are too professional, please do think of any emerging and enthusiastic individuals breaking into the world of textiles.

To find out more information regarding this series, please contact Adam on 01273 224 837 /

eTextiles Summer Camp: Priti Veja

eTextiles summer camp montage2 LowResIn July 2013 the eTextiles Summer Camp event took place in Paillard, France, generously hosted by Paillard Centre d’Art Contemporain & Résidence d’Artistes and meticulously organised by Mika Satomi and Hannah Perner-Wilson of Kobakant. The location of a French countryside village, in an old secluded 18th century paper mill was perfect for such an event.

This five day event bought together an international mix of some of the most involved and enthused e-textile practitioners working in areas such as design, art, research, professional industry, academia and computing. The full schedule consisted of a lot of e-textiles thinking, doing, making, talking and sharing, based around the theme of the event – ‘soft and slow e-textiles’. The focus was on making processes involving time intensive craft methods and hand making in collaboration with new technologies.

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Experienced Consultant required: Handloom Industry Sri Lanka

SL-Weave-wshop5Sri Lanka’s Export Development Board (EDB) are seeking to employ a Design Development Consultant, for Sri Lanka’s Handloom Industry, to advise and support the hand weaving industry, which has seen a decline in its exports in past years.

Applicants should have international experience of design, product development and marketing within the hand weaving or related industry. Initially, the applicant would be engaged for between 10 and 15 days, during which time they would devise and run workshops, visit 4-5 individual companies to provide focused support and advice, and meet with the EDB to make recommendations for the future.

The aim of the initiative is to help the industry evolve new products and enhance its existing range with a view to increasing demand from western and tourist markets. The EDB have requested that interested applicants should prepare detailed proposal for a 10 to 15 day programme, together with a CV and estimate of full costs including professional fee. Address to: Director of Industrial Products Chitranjali Dissanayake 42 Navam Mawatha Colombo 2 SriLanka Or email (for his attention)

For more detailed information contact J. Shellard: