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Exhibition: Dash + Miller / Peta Jacobs

Low res D&M pic 1Counterpoint—design meets art. A showcase of textiles from two perspectives

Exclusive hand-woven textile design samples destined for the catwalk will sit beside mini installations that present space-altering abstract worlds. At first glance they appear poles apart, but both originate from the same source—textiles.

Internationally renowned hand-woven textile designers Dash & Miller will exhibit a compendium of their most current designs, alongside art pieces by Peta Jacobs. This juxtaposition of works will  demonstrates very different interpretations of textile practice and will show at the A&D Gallery, Chiltern Street, W1U 6LY from 13-17 January 2015.

The encounter between high-end design and conceptual art delivers an unexpected linkage that challenges the bounds of textile genres. In their meeting, there are correspondences, such as the use of visual repetition. There are also divergences, particularly in the outcomes.

Each of Dash & Miller’s exclusive miniature textile concepts represents a unique idea of colour, texture and form; artworks usually never seen outside of the industry they inform. Every piece is meticulously woven by hand using both traditional and cutting edge techniques and materials, designed with the sole purpose of feeding ideas to product designers and fabric producers across a vast spectrum of textile related industries.

Peta Jacobs’ artworks invite the viewer to question certainty and perception by presenting shifting views relative to viewpoint. They incorporate vestiges of cloth, along with abstract films, prisms and mirrors. “Peta Jacob’s uses of cloth, mirrors and digital technologies have a magical, alchemic resonance as they enfold and draw us into that borderline space between what we know and what we imagine”, says Lesley Millar, Professor of Textile Culture, University for the Creative Arts.

Counterpoint—design meets art is showing at A&D Gallery, 51 Chiltern Street, London W1U 6LY (nearest tube is Baker Street).

The show runs from Tuesday 13th January until Saturday 17th January.
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Friday: 10.30am to 7.00pm.
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Making it in Textiles: Report

WCW ConferenceOn 14th/15th October 2015, 120 woven textile and textile degree students, tutors and manufacturers from the UK attended a conference in Bradford,  fully funded by The Worshipful Company of Weavers, The Clothworkers’ Company, the Campaign for Wool and the WoolMark Company.

The conference was held in response to Course Tutors feed back ,that at times it was difficult to take students on visits to manufacturers to see industrial processes, therefore making the links to what they were studying about manufacturing at university.

Additionally the students are not always getting first hand experience at talking to manufacturers.

The Conference  provided the chance for manufacturers to discuss other career opportunities, not just in design for textile graduates but also in manufacturing and quality control. as there is currently a resurgence of employment opportunities in UK textile manufacturing, alongside a skills and talent gap.

All delegates had the opportunity of a visit to manufacturers on the 15th Oct. The participating mills were Abraham Moon, Hainsworth, Pennine Weavers, R Gledhill Ltd and Mallalieus of Delph

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Winner: Amber Roper

fur 3aAmber Roper is a recent graduate from Central Saint Martins, specialising in hand woven textiles . After graduating, Amber presented her woven textiles collection at the New Designer’s  exhibition held at the Business Design Centre, Islington. Soon after, she was selected as a finalist for the 2014 International Creative Pattern Design Competition, held in Hangzhou, China.

Amber’s degree show collection ‘The Changeover- Modern Samurai’ was recognised for it’s highly innovative and individual use of traditional and experimental materials.

Her collection was placed in the top 3, receiving one of the grand prizes of the competition and winning the award for Best Material Creative.

China Academy of Art and the Hangzhou Municipal Government hosted the competition. It received over 400 entries from around the world and out of these Amber was the only candidate from Great Britain shortlisted to present her collection in China as one of final 30 exhibitors.

She is currently working as a weave designer for menswear shirting company David Howard. She is also working as a freelance textile designer, and has been invited back to china in 2015 by Tao Yin, Dean of Fashion and Textiles at China Academy of Arts. She will be exhibiting a new collection of exciting textiles.
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