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Cockpit Arts: The Clothworkers’ Foundation Awards 2014

ClothworkersLongCall for applications
“We are keen to support weavers who have recently graduated to help them pursue their skill and build a career. This scheme provides an opportunity for several talented designer-makers to access affordable studio space, equipment and business support to help them achieve their goals.”

Andrew Blessley, Clerk, The Clothworkers’ Company

Introduction
Applications are invited for the Cockpit Arts / The Clothworkers’ Foundation Awards 2014 which aim to assist weavers to set up in business by providing studio space and business support provided by Cockpit Arts as well as shared use of looms.

There are 6 Awards available and the selection panel (including a representative from The Clothworkers’ Foundation, and the acclaimed ikat weaver and designer, Mary Restieaux) will be looking for individuals who demonstrate entrepreneurial spirit as well as creative excellence and craft skills. The Awards will include space in a shared studio equipped with Leclerc and Louet looms and the following benefits:

The Award
The Cockpit Arts / The Clothworkers’ Foundation Awards 2014 recipients will be awarded a match funded place, worth £2,000, with shared use of looms at Cockpit Arts Deptford for one year, with the possibility of support for a further year.
This includes the following benefits:
• Up to 6 Awards worth £2,000 with the remaining £2,000 fee being provided by the Award winners, payable on a monthly basis.
• Studio space and use of looms within the creative community of Cockpit Arts at Deptford, London SE8 with access to office facilities and resource centre.
• Business and professional development services including on-site coaching, a personalised development plan, access to finance, workshops and events.
• A range of selling and promotional opportunities including Cockpit Arts Open Studios selling events.
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Dashing Tweeds: flagship store

Dashing Tweeds - New Shop - Press Release 2014 KirstyDashing Tweeds has opened a new flagship store at 26 Sackville Street, London, W1 in the heart of London’s famous tailoring community centred on Savile Row. Their reflective urban tweeds and new season designs will continue to push the boundaries of visionary clothing for men within their new store.

This season’s collection include a bomber jacket woven in a wool and rubber honeycomb giving a very masculine chain mail look but with great lightness. For spring they have completely redesigned the reefer coat in a very modern functional cut using an originally designed Donegal tweed.

The focus of the new store is their ready to wear collection which  aims to be the most inventive and highest quality in town.

In a unique model Kirsty McDougall and Guy Hills design all their own fabric collections for use in the collections. This enables unadulterated concepts to be delivered to the store and by using mills and manufacturing in Britain top quality can be assured.

For more information visit  www.DashingTweeds.co.uk or contact Guy@DashingTweeds.co.uk or Kirsty@DashingTweeds.co.uk Continue reading →

Dash & Miller: QEST Scholars 2013_14

Juliet Bailey weaving image 1 LRFranki Brewer and Juliet Bailey of Dash and Miller have been awarded scholarships by the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust for their proposal to undertake an in-depth research project into woven textile manufacturing processes existing within the UK today.
Dash & Miller Studio has been creating hand-woven design for the textile industry since 2009, working with both national and global clients in all areas of the fashion and interior fabric sectors. The designs, which are all created on hand-looms at the studio, are often then utilised by the client in the development of mass-produced commercial fabric on an industrial scale.They exhibit regularly at Indigo trade fair, Paris

Franki and Juliet seek to expand their knowledge of industrial spinning, weaving, dyeing and finishing processes both modern and traditional in order to inform their own hand-woven designing. By applying for The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust, Franki and Juliet have secured funding and support to complete their research project, which will culminate in a number of talks and presentations in late 2014.
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The Weavers Nest: loom/workshop hire

loomThe Weavers|Nest is a workshop dedicated to weaving, open to professional designers on a short-term project basis, from £40 /day.

Run by designer – maker Lucie Beauvert, the W|Nest consists of a 16 shaft George Wood dobby loom, necessary tools, a desk space and a cosy atmosphere.

Technical support  and commissions for hand-woven materials are also available.
Weavers|Nest: cargocollective.com/weaversnest
Lucie Beauvert: www.luciebeauvert.com/

Exhibition: The Art of Craft – Ayse Simsek

Untitled-7The Art of Craft is a Contemporary Crafts exhibition which celebrates contemporary craft, featuring artistic practices which push the boundaries between craft and fine art.

The show will highlight exceptional artworks crafted in glass, ceramic, thread,wire, and wood. A programme of film, talks and workshops will accompany the exhibition exploring the processes and skills of different makers.

Exhibiting artists include: Max Jacquard, Helaina Sharpley, Lindsay Taylor, Alex Hamill, Ayse Simsek and Amanda Westbury
Exhibition opens from 25th March-19th April. Opening time: 10.00 – 5.30pm
Westgate Gallery, Gatehouse Arts, 19 Westgate, Harlow, Essex CM20 2QQ
W:www.gatehousearts.com E:gatehouse@mail.com

Ayse Simsek woven textile artist and designer is inspired by the natural world and a compulsion to not just re-interpret it but to combine it within woven structure.

Ayse’s work takes two approaches to textiles; firstly using a more traditional method of hand-weaving with a variety of fibres and techniques to recreate the naturally occurring, sometimes surprising, contrasts of textures seen all around us in the world. The second approach is to intricately intertwine and wrap yarn around natural surfaces, bringing woven structure to nature – sometimes in ways that merge with it and sometimes in ways that fight against it.

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Exhibition: Rising Stars 2014

Rising stars leaflet 2014-1Rising Stars 2014 is a touring exhibition of  innovative crafts produced by emerging makers in the UK. Thirty-two recent graduates work from applied arts and crafts programmes will be shown at the New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham (8th March-19th April), Milton Keynes Arts Centre (26 April- 31st May) and Smiths Row, Bury St. Edmunds (7th June-12th July).
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Redhanded: Kings Cross

red handed low resRedhanded is a new temporary art space in King’s Cross, curated by artists Sally Hampson and Esther Caplin in partnership with SVA. They profile work and projects that have been supported by SVA in Stroud and is building connections with artists, artist led projects and communities based in London.

Redhanded runs from February to April 2014,  74-76 Cromer Street, London.
WC1H 8DR and will have a continuous programme of exhibitions, workshops, events with performance, poetry and discussions.

SVA, an artist-led initiative, has established a reputation for injecting energy into run down, redundant and empty properties in Stroud, Gloucestershire.This highly successful approach to local engagement and town centre vitalisation is now being brought to this central, well-established and culturally diverse area of London.

Redhanded is open Tuesday to Thursday 12.00 – 6.00 but, as a working studio, artists are there during other days. You are invited to come in and see us by arrangement. There will be regular updates of the programme, and workshops in weaving, printing and book-making. Email or visit us to join the network

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Exhibition: Stacey Harvey – Brown & Agnes Hauptli

2014-01-09 15.32.37UK weaver, Stacey Harvey-Brown and Agnes Hauptli, from New Zealand are exhibiting their responses to geological forms and natural landscapes in ‘Nature in The Making’.  The exhibition of stalactites, canyons and caverns, showcasing some highly unusual three-dimensional weaving and  visual images, will be at the Earth House, Peria New Zealand from 8th to 18th March 2014, before moving on to Arts in Oxford, just north of Christchurch, from 12th April to 7th May.

After its New Zealand leg, ‘Nature in the Making’ will go to the USA, to the B2 Fine Art Gallery in Tacoma, Washington before going on to other venues in the USA and Europe.

Since 2010, the two weavers have met in the US every two years to visit some of the geological features surrounding their biennial weaving conference locations. This exhibition was inspired by trips to the Grand Canyon and Antelope Canyons in Arizona, and the cave systems under the Blue Ridge and Shenandoah Mountain ranges in Virginia. Agnes Hauptli uses a computer-assisted jacquard loom to create large visually engaging colour panels  and Stacey Harvey-Brown uses a shaft loom to create highly textured three-dimensional Growth Forms installations and large off-the-wall Strata Wall pieces. Continue reading →

Launch: Textile Technologies Project

ttp2logoThis launch will inform companies on how the project will enable them to access the key industry emerging technologies housed within the centre in Carmarthen. The event on 25th February 2014 will be of interest to any business wishing to work on Research and Development, new product development, knowledge transfer, and collaborative projects.

• Printed, knitted and woven textile design-CAD development
• Development of woven Jacquard fabrics-jacquard loom
• Gerber Technology for pattern digitising, manipulation, grading and marker making
• Virtual sampling-CAD printed and woven designs
• Scotweave CAD design development
• Product development and prototyping
• Research and testing of fabrics for potential laser or ultrasonic joining
• Laser cutting, laser etching, and hydro cutting
Digital fabric printing
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Exhibition: Patterns of Magnificance

POM-P-1Patterns of Magnificence is a unique exhibition of local Greek dress at The Hellenic Centre, showing an inspiring and varied approach to fabric selection and origin of materials, woven and embroidery techniques and colour.

The way textiles are combined in the dresses is inspirational for fashion and textile designers. The dresses are shown freely and not behind glass giving a rare opportunity to be able to see the fabrics from close proximity and understand the making processes involved.

The embroidery is often embellished on hand woven ground and covering the sleeves and hem of the garment leaving the main body of the chemises plain. The woven textiles range from shawls woven using different thicknesses of hand spun silk to fine jacquards and wovens using supplementary weft techniques providing a geometric patterns.

The multiform traditions of Greek women’s dress are among the richest and most splendid in the world. This exhibition brings together over forty superb originals from the eighteenth to the early twentieth century, many of which will be on display in London for the first time. They include the monumental dress from the tiny island of Psara, of which very few examples survive and which is very rarely exhibited, the richly embroidered costume from Astypalaia in the Dodecanese, the astonishing assembly of fabrics, colours and jewellery from Stefanoviki in Thessaly and the sumptuously brocaded dress from Janina in Epirus.

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