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Company Profile: Check Me Out

Check Me Out launched in 2015 with the aim to connect people with colour and design and encourage them away from fast throwaway fashion.
Holly Pressdee, the founder of Check Me Out graduated from Chelsea College of Art and Design in 2009 with a degree in woven textiles, and has been working within the British textiles industry for the last 7 years with the brand Dashing Tweeds.
During her degree her main area of research was emotionally durable design and the meanings of patterns culturally, where she was inspired by the heritage and meaning of tartan fabrics.
After finishing her degree, she started a blog where she would design bespoke check patterns by taking photos of her friends and family, abstracting the colours of their skin, hair, eyes and what they were wearing and use these colours within the designs to create their unique check patterns.
This lead to the creation of her company where she wanted to create check patterns a wider audience could connect with and began by designing the London check, using the colours of the London underground tube map. The map is such an  iconic image for londoners and tourists, everyone has associations with the tube lines they use.

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Workshop: Scandinavian Weaves

Scandinavian Weaves

Course Tutor: Jette Vandermeiden
Venue: Devon Weavers Workshop,

Discover what Scandinavian weaves are, how to weave them and the many ways they are useful for handweavers of today. This course, designed for weavers of all skill levels (basic weaving experience is required), will include various weave structures such as Halvdrejl, Jamtlandsdrall, Monk’s Belt, Daldrall, Canvas weave, Huck weave in multicolours, 2 block damask, Myggtdrall, and will be a timed ‘round robin’ format.

Jette has been creating textiles since early childhood and has extensive knowledge of fibre related topics. She has been a consultant to museums, documentary researchers, and developers of weaving curricula for college fibre arts programs. A prolific writer and teacher, Jette has conducted classes and workshops internationally and is a regular columnist for Fibre Focus.

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Job: Stephen Walters & Sons Ltd – applications now closed 19. 5. 2017

Stephen Walters are silk weavers designing and producing fabric for international luxury brands. They have built their reputation as design leaders, working exclusively with fashion houses across the world.

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

They are recruiting for the following two positions to join their highly regarded design team:

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

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 and who works well as part of a team.

Textile Designer
To work within their technical design team, creating jacquard weave programs using their specialist textile weave CAD system.

They are looking for a designer with good drawing skills, good attention to detail, patience and a good understanding of maths. It would be beneficial if the successful applicant had an understanding of weave and weave structures and some experience of using CAD systems, but this is not essential, as full training will be given. Their design team is currently made up of weave and print designers and the successful applicant will be someone who works well as a part of a team.

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

Closing date for applications: 19.05.17