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Collaboration project: Nadia – Anne Ricketts

Beatie Wolfe, David Mason aka Mr Fish & BeatWoven by Stuart NichollsSeeing music differently in The House of Rock; 34 Montague Square.

A collaboration between woven textile artist Nadia-Anne Ricketts from BeatWoven, musician Beatie Wolfe and Saville Row tailor David Mason of Mr. Fish.

It all began on the night of a book launch; The Digital Handmade : Craftsmanship in the New Industrial Revolution, where both textile artist Nadia-Anne Ricketts and innovative musician Beatie Wolfe were introduced by the author Lucy Johnston . It was the beginning of a collaboration where the five worlds of fashion, music, craft, history and technology would collide to show how music and craft can be worn and seen very differently in a compelling, storytelling way.

ProcessDubbed ‘The Secret Abbey Road’, 34 Montague Square is the former home of Hendrix, McCartney, Lennon and Ono; and the very birthplace of a ‘Wind Cries Mary’ and ‘Eleanor Rigby’.

The basement flat now belongs to savile row tailor, David Mason, an already collaborative partner to Beatie Wolfe. Both were eager to launch both David’s new acquisition; the re-launch of the flamboyant fashion label to the rock stars of the 60’s – Hendrix, Bowie and Jagger to name a few – Mr. Fish; with the release of Beatie’s new album consisted of music lyrics inspired by the very people that inhabited the space fifty years ago.
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Open Day: The London Cloth Company

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Saturday 5th March is the first of their 2016 open days

See how fabrics are woven at The London Cloth Company, learn about the production process, and how their  restored shuttle looms run.

Tours will last approx. an hour, with additional time for questions at the end.

Please arrive 10 minutes before the start time.

Tour times:
10.30am – fully booked
1.00pm – places available
3.00pm – places available

Tickets are £10 / person

To book a place, please email:

Background information:

The London Cloth Company was founded by Daniel Harris in 2011. Having acquired a rusting hand loom from a mill in Wales, he took it apart, put it back together, and taught himself to weave. Within a year he had acquired two further looms, two pern winders and a warping mill, and established the first cloth mill in the capital for over one hundred years.

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Exhibition: Real Dirty Blue

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Real Dirty Blue: Textile Design at Central Saint Martins
Dates: 23 February – 1 April 2016
Opening hours: Tuesday – Friday | 11am – 6pm , Saturday | 12 – 5pm
Venue: Lethaby Gallery, Central Saint Martins, 1 Granary Square, King’s Cross, London, N1C 4AAA

A glimpse into the world of textile design culture at Central Saint Martins. Real Dirty Blue tells the story of almost a century of textile design at the college, from the hand block printed textiles of the 1930s to more recent experiments in multi-dimensional textiles, digital print and the juxtaposition of traditional techniques with new technologies.

The work presents 26 designers who taught or studied at the college from 1927 to 2015. On display will be objects drawn from the CSM Museum & Study Collection, supplemented with loans from designers’ personal archives and collections. The focus of the display is to offer a behind-the-scenes look at the processes that happen during design development – the sketchbooks, prototypes and material samples to show how the designer’s ideas have developed from initial inspirations to production.

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Perrier-Jouët Arts Salon Prize 2016: Rita Parniczky

X-RayVaultSeriesII-NoII-w sunlight-RitaParniczkyThe fourth annual Perrier-Jouët Arts Salon Prize for emerging artists has been awarded to Rita Parniczky. Parniczky was nominated by textile artist, Alice Kettle and selected from a list of 25 nominees by the Perrier-Jouët Salon.

The Perrier-Jouët Arts Salon Prize is awarded to an artist whose work evokes a contemporary interpretation of the Art Nouveau movement and who has a strong sense of craftsmanship and beauty.

Rita Parniczky masters the passage and play of light in her translucent material installations. In exposing the structure of woven material, her X-Ray Series recalls the structures hidden within organic and architectural forms, evoking a contemporary interpretation of the dynamic, curved and flowing lines intrinsic to the Art Nouveau era.


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Exhibition: Symbiosis

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Third biennial exhibition of woven tapestry
Friday 25 March – Sunday 3 April 2016

open 10.30 – 4.30 daily

The Mill House Gallery, Ecclesden Lane, Angmering, Sussex, BN16 4DQ

The South East British Tapestry Group is returning to the Mill House
Gallery, Angmering for their third exhibition of new contemporary
woven tapestries

The Mill House Gallery, standing on Highdown Hill, has proved a magnificent venue for the past two exhibitions, and promises again to attract a bumper number of visitors … 2014 saw over 550 visitors.
This year the theme of the exhibition is Symbiosis. Each weaver has offered their personal interpretation in their own approach to tapestry weaving, resulting in a diverse and inventive collection of work.

Visit the studio adjoining the gallery where there will be:
Weaving supplies provided by weaversbazaar
Other textile related stalls
Small weavings – most for sale – inspired by a day at the seaside.
Opportunities to meet and talk to the weavers

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Exhibition: Theo Wright

permutations closeup1Permutations at Handweavers Studio

Dates: 10/2  5/3/2016

Permutations is a collection of handwoven textile artworks from Coventry-based weaver Theo Wright, that explores the relation between weaving and the mathematics of permutations and combinations.
The project was originally inspired by looking at a four-shaft loom and considering the different orders in which a small group of warp ends could be threaded onto the four shafts. Twenty-four ordered threadings of four ends and a corresponding set of lifts form the basis of all the designs in the collection.
A set of 72 small motifs were developed, each four ends wide and four picks high. By systematically selecting and reordering the threading and lifting sequences these motifs were combined to create a set of complex designs.
Each design has been scaled-up and handwoven in silk as a double-cloth in four blocks, using four dark and four light yarn colours. The resulting textiles reveal a range of geometric patterns when viewed at different levels of detail.

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Job: Vacancy filled 1. 3. 2016

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Stephen Walters are silk weavers designing and producing fabric for international luxury brands. They have built our reputation as design leaders working exclusively with fashion houses across the world. They are recruiting for the following position to join their highly regarded design team:

Textile Designer to work within their creative design team producing CAD representations of their jacquard designs.

The design work is extremely varied and covers a broad range of fabrics from men’s neckwear to contemporary womenswear and furnishings.

They  are looking for a designer with good artistic ability and drawing skills, a sensitivity to colour, a diversity of styles and attention to detail. An understanding of CAD systems would be beneficial but not essential, as full training will be given to the successful applicant. Their design team is currently made up of trained designers from a variety of disciplines such as print, surface pattern and weave. They would like to hear from anyone who is qualified in similar areas.

Hours of work: 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday (40 hours)
Location: Sudbury, Suffolk
Salary: Depending on experience

Closing date for applications 26.02.16. Vacancy now filled 1.3.2016


Exhibition: Call for entries

CITB Welsh Eng logoCMYK 3Craft in the Bay Summer Show 2016: Weave

Cardiff, Wales: Sat, 16. July 2016 – Sun, 11. September 2016
Weave: to form or construct something by interlacing threads, yarns, strands, or strips of some material

An exhibition of selected contemporary craft and applied art  following a ‘Call for Artists’ in early 2016. The exhibition is aimed at celebrating the diverse and highly skilled contemporary craft and applied art being made in the UK today.

The selection panel will be looking for work that has incorporated a woven process in its making/construction. Open to a wide range of materials including yarn, thread, paper, clay, metal, glass, willow etc.

Deadline to receive applications: 5pm, Thursday 31st March 2016

Download Application Form

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