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Profile: Humphries Weaving Company

Silk & Cotton Damask WeavingHumphries Weaving Company has launched a new ‘intuitive’ website to showcase its celebrated fabrics and weaving techniques to its clients. This is supported by a new branding initiative to highlight the company’s illustrious heritage and unique position in the market.

Humphries Weaving is a leading British manufacturer of custom Jacquard fabrics who combine historical knowledge with innovative weaving techniques of today to produce  fabric for Royal residences, historic properties and luxury private homes.

Director Richard Humphries states: “We have bid a fond farewell to our firm’s first trademark, Hannah the Weaver, who has been gracing our pages since the early 1970’s, to introduce our classic new branding to our valued clients.”

Following six months of intensive planning and research, the user focused website aims to display the exceptional quality of the work undertaken by Humphries Weaving to ensure clients get the most from their creative collaboration with the company.

Richard states “We planned the website and branding around our core values, our history and our firmly established position within the industry, letting the work for which we are renowned speak for itself.

“It gives a unique insight into the vast catalogue of historic and contemporary projects that we have had the privilege to work on. Also, for the first time, it brings together visual elements with important project information to give clients a fascinating insight into the design process.”

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Journal launch: Selected

SITselect journal issue 1 2014 cover webIssue 1: 10,000 Hours

Selected is a brand new bi-annual journal celebrating makers and making, passion and innovation.

Brought to you by SITSelect, it’s aim is to present a taste of the brilliance and the beauty that is around in the UK and the pleasure individual makers, designers and thinkers bring to our world.

The inaugural issue arrives on the shelves and on-line on October 1st 2014 and is filled with a mix of new talent, in-depth features and photographic essays. It includes an interview with coppice man, Sebastian Cox, a rare glimpse inside the studio of cast glass artists Sally Fawkes and Richard Jackson and a limited edition honey drizzler made by the very talented Joseph Hartley.

Issue 1 has a limited print run and has been designed as a collector’s piece and comes with a unique bookmark made from Lewis & Wood’s Royal Oak wallpaper, created from a block print by master wood engraver Andrew Davidson.

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Book: Woven Textiles – A Designer’s Guide

Woven TextilesWoven Textiles – A Designer’s Guide by Sharon Kearley

Weaving is an age-old craft but it has boundless potential. The beauty and joy of weaving a finished piece of cloth can be enhanced by creating your own designs and using the latest ideas and techniques.

This new book explains to the novice how to start weaving textiles, but also develops techniques for the more experienced so they can learn to appreciate colour, patterns and structures, and thereby design their own richly-textured cloth.

As well as practical information on how to get started, Woven Textiles provides:

  • Information on yarns and fibres, and how they can be combined
  • Step-by-step instructions on learning to weave.
  • Guide to weave structures and patterns.
  • Colour, pattern and structure explained.
  • Finishing techniques.
  • Examples of finished pieces by leading weave designers

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Texprint Winners: Paris

2014-09-17 18.30.46-7On 17 September 2014, Nino Cerruti presented prestigious prizes to the exceptional British-trained textile design graduates selected to exhibit under the auspices of Texprint at Indigo/Première Vision.

Nino Cerruti said, “The world is full of crazy artists – but we are industrial designers. We must be artists and designers.

The creative and imagination skills need to translate back into clothing and real applications. It is so pleasing to see that the next generation of designers selected to exhibit at Texprint 2014 understand the commercial imperatives that underpin successful design.”

Eminent representatives from the worlds of fashion, interiors, specialist textiles and retailing selected four highly talented graduates from British universities for prizes in the Colour, Pattern, Space and Body categories. 24 designers were in contention for the Texprint prizes, as well as The Woolmark Company Texprint Award and, new for 2014, the Miroglio Texprint Award for Digital Innovation. lululemon athletica had already announced the names of 2 winners. The winning designers each received £1000.00

Barbara Kennington, Chairman, Texprint said: “This exciting new edition of the Texprint showcase at Indigo/PV offers both fashion and interiors industries the opportunity to view the collections of rigorously selected ‘best of the best’ graduate textile designers, all trained in Britain. Their work is unique, exclusive, totally fresh; as designers each is highly talented, professional, and ready to take the textile industry by storm!”Nino Cerruti (Lanificio Fratelli Cerruti) and Agi Mdumulla and Sam Cotton of menswear brand Agi & Sam judge The Woolmark Company Texprint Award (2)

The Texprint prizes were awarded as follows:Space: Georgia Fisher
Georgia Fisher completed an MA in Textiles: Weave at the Royal College of Art, having previously gained a BA in weave at Central St Martins. She was awarded bursaries in 2013 and 2014 from The Worshipful Company of Weavers and won the 2014 Jaeger competition. She gained work experience with The Jackson. Continue reading →

Exhibition: Common Threads

British Council, Common Thread exhibition, photograph by simon mills high 8 The Anou Residencies
In a new British Council residency programme, UK-based designer Sabrina Kraus López  lived with Anou artisans in the Atlas Mountains, collaborating on new designs and approaches based on the Amazigh’s traditional weaving techniques.

Over a one-month period Sabrina worked with six artisans to create the Common Thread collection, a series of bespoke hand woven rugs inspired by the Berber’s heritage, surroundings and personal stories.

Through exchanging stories and knowledge, six-limited edition contemporary rugs have been created that each celebrate and draw inspiration from the artisan’s own culture and personal background.

These rugs also form the basis of an exhibition specially curated by Faculty (Moira Lascelles and Kieren Jones) at Designjunction during the London Design Festival 2014. The exhibition will tell the story of the residency and the rugs and will include a film by Simon Mills and a publication designed by Laura Gordon.
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Texprint Weavers: Indigo, Paris

Texprint2013-logo-with382strapline_2spotcolTexprint interviews, mentors and promotes the UK’s most talented textile design graduates with the support of industry professionals worldwide.

Those selected are introduced to buyers, press and sponsors at the Texprint London event, and at Europe and Asia’s leading yarn and textile exhibitions.

Texprint is entirely funded by the generous sponsorship of industry and by British charitable foundations.  Their sponsors believe wholeheartedly in supporting textile design talent and in encouraging design innovation and excellence. Source: Texprint website

The following 2014 weave graduates were selected, initially exhibited their work in July in London and will each have a stand to show their designs  within ‘Texprint Village’ Hall 5 at Indigo trade Fair, Hall 5, Stand 5Y60, Première Vision Pluriel, Parc d’Expositions de Paris-Nord. Sept 16th – 18th 2015.

The winners of the awards will be announced in Paris on 17th Sept 2014 and the awards will be presented by Nino Cerruti, Designer and Head of the Biella based Textile Mill, Lanificio Fratelli Cerruti.

Texprint Weavers

ZanaAjvaziB-1Zana Ajvazi

Zanas’ work is described as contemporary woven textiles that mediate between concepts of social and digital impact, to facilitate innovative design for the body.

Zana is inspired by research into material innovation, and the crossovers between textiles and other disciplines, including science and socio-economics; also the intricacy and interplay of different cultures, materials and traditional weaving techniques. Zana graduated from Central Saint Martins, University of The Arts London – BA (Hons) Textile Design. Zana has been selected for an internship in Como, Italy.

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Transition: Rethinking Textiles and Surfaces

Transition-backgroundcropHuddersfield University Textile Department are holding a 2 day conference.

Textiles and Surfaces have surrounded us in different forms for millennia. Fibres and materials made from bark, wood, sand, glass, and skin became early textiles and surfaces developing into the multi structural unconventional materials for interior, architectural and wearable functional design that inspire, create and evolve our relationship with materials, space and form in our contemporary environment today.

The Re-Thinking context of the conference questions the future of textiles and surfaces, the industry and the importance of higher education within this industry. The conference aims at examining the current and future developments in textiles and surfaces asking what is the future of the textile and surface industries?

Dates: 26th – 27th November 2014

Key note speakers

Li Edelkoort, A trend forecaster, curator, publisher and educator who constantly lives in the future. Made a Honorary Royal Designer for Industry in 2014 by the RSA for her pioneering and inspirational life’s work

David Shah, A publisher at Metropolitan Publishing BV(Textile View, View 2, Viewpoint, Pantone View Colour Planner, Textile View VFF China Assistant Professor Renmin University Beijing.

There will be papers being delivered covering topics pertinent to:

  • Science and Technology
  • Sustainable Futures
  • Craftsmanship and the Hand Made
  • Enterprise/Industry/Business

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Rita Parniczky: Exhibitions

XRFC Towers-detail nat.lightRita Parniczky has been invited to lend a selection of her innovative hand woven wall pieces for the interactive  Building with Textiles exhibition at the Tilburg Textiel Musuem, The Netherlands  – This exhibition is featured on The Weave Shed .  She will be showing various works  including Pleatflow and a couple of new pieces from 2014.

Rita has previously exhibited in ‘Talent’ Designhaus,  Eindhoven, The Netherlands in 2009   with her ‘X-Ray’ Fabric.XRayFabricPleatSeries-Pleatflow detail

The Textiel Museum presents work by internationally renowned architects as well as interior projects that put textiles in the spotlight. The exhibition is open to the public between 27th September 2014 and 25th January 2015.

She has also created `X-Ray Vaults` works  for the competition Silvery Threads run by the  Costume & Textile Association 25th Anniversary Celebration of Textiles which have been selected for an  exhibition at Norwich Cathedral from 2nd – 13th Oct 2014 Continue reading →

Tilburg Textiel Museum: Building with Textiles

Parada Transformer 2008_ Bureau OMAIn Building with Textiles, the Tilburg Textiel Museum presents work by internationally renowned architects, as well as interior projects that put textiles in the spotlight. Building with textiles and flexible materials has aesthetic, functional and environmental advantages.
Textiles are now seen as the fifth key building material alongside steel, stone, concrete and wood. The development of interior textiles with special functions – from air purification to integrated light, images and sound – offers new possibilities to design smart and interactive interiors.

The exhibition is part of a larger, long-term project initiated by the TextielMuseum and the TextielLab. It comprises an extended research and development plan spanning several years, special commissions for the museum collection and expert meetings.

Dates: 27 September 2014 – 25 January 2015


The exhibition presents a historical overview of the type of tent-like structures that provided shelter for early nomadic tribes. A life-sized Mongolian yurt forms the heart of this section, in addition to photos and films of various types of tents and their construction.
In the 20th century, visionary engineers and architects such as Richard Buckminster Fuller, Frei Otto and Haus Rucker & Co, put lightweight constructions back on the architectural agenda. The exhibition features highlights of their work in a series of images.

In addition, the museum brings together five visionary projects by international architects. These projects reveal the great potential of textile materials and techniques in building.

Taking pride of place is Prada Transformer (2008) see image above, by renowned Dutch agency OMA. Commissioned by Italian fashion label Prada, the structure is made up of a steel frame covered with an elastic PVC membrane. It can be positioned in four different ways, with the help of a crane. Each position serves a different purpose, encompassing everything from an exhibition space for fashion to a cinema. The remaining four projects are by Kennedy & Violich Architecture, DO|SU Studio Architecture, SL Rasch and SOMA.

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The Blodwen Heritage Blanket Project

Blodwen 010 _hiBlodwen, the on-line lifestyle brand specialising in the design and manufacture of hand-crafted
luxury homewares,textiles and furniture – made in Wales, is launching a new textile collection
inspired by the discovery of a historical archive of Welsh blanket patterns dating from the 1700’s.

The Collection is part of the Heritage Blanket Project – a community initiative designed to
celebrate the ‘Craft and Industry of the Weaver’. It aims to resurrect historical patterns into a
range of contemporary textiles – each with a unique story to tell.

Using digital visualisation and virtual sampling technologies together with contemporary
yarns,colourways and finishes, the Project is an illustration of Blodwen’s on-going commitment
to the design and manufacture of unique homewares which fuse time-honoured skills with
modern craftsmanship.

Blodwen’s first Heritage Collection offers a range of blankets, throws, quilts and
cushions – all revived from age-old hand-drawn designs. The textiles are made from 100% pure
new wool and woven at Blodwen’s 180 year old mill in the Teifi Valley, on its original 1930’s
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The ‘Hiraeth’ (Longing) blanket is a bold geometric chequer-board design in monochrome and red. The ‘Pinwheel’ blanket is inspired by the name given to the most iconic of traditional Welsh Quilt designs, and comes in a striking indigo and red.

Both blankets feature an embroidered panel with a verse taken from the book and written by the weaver. Continue reading →