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Job: Account Manager | Stephen Walters & Sons Ltd

Account Manager opportunity
Due to increased demand and business development Stephen Walters have a requirement to expand their busy sales team and appoint an additional Account Manager.

This exciting role involves working with creative people to grow sales. Please write to the company and tell them how you would do the above and what you could bring to their team.

Company profile

SWS is a sales division within the Walters group designing, marketing and selling woven fabrics, generally to high end international designer brands. Fabric is manufactured and woven on the Sudbury Silk Mills site in Suffolk.

The company is fully vertical, including fabric design, yarn dyeing, warping, weaving and finishing.

The role
The purpose of the role is to introduce and manage a portfolio of customer accounts to deliver a sales revenue target in line with our sales strategy.

The role is customer facing and forms the link between their customers and the mill and does include travel nationally and internationally.

The candidate
The successful candidate will have an understanding of the luxury fashion market with an affinity to creativity and design, and a desire to grow and develop new business.

A willingness to learn and understand our niche products, markets, processes and company vision is essential as well as excellent organisational and communication skills.

Proficiency in Microsoft Office productivity software and an ability to understand industry and company specific systems will be required.

Sales experience within textiles and a textile or fashion related degree would be desirable but not essential.

As they are a manufacturing company some experience of manufacturing and jacquard woven textile knowledge would be an advantage however they are committed to a full and thorough training program.

Hours of work: 8am – 5pm Monday to Friday (40 hours) with some additional travel.
Location: Sudbury, Suffolk.
Salary: Dependant on experience
Training: Necessary training provided.

Closing date for applications: 22nd September 2017 to

Apply to: sales@stephenwalters.co.uk

 

Exhibition: Madeleine Jude | One Warp, Infinite Designs


One Warp, Infinite Designs: An exploration of block design and multishaft weaving

One warp, Infinite Designs showcases a three year project by London / Surrey based textile designer and weaver, Madeleine Jude, to take one warp threading and see how many designs and structures can be produced by experimenting with different tie-up and treadling possibilities.

The threading uses a block design initially developed to weave a twill damask version of her table linen design called Dukagang – woven using a Dukagang weave structure. The strongly geometric design is inspired by antique Scandinavian linen towels woven in this structure.

The versatility of this initial threading became a source of play and exploration of its potential for creating other designs. The result is a collection of boldly distinct designs.

The exhibition follows the progression of this project from its early iteration as dukagang table linen and kitchen textiles, to the lambswool throw that Madeleine Jude is best known for and includes a preview of her latest work created using new weave structures on the same block threading.

The Handweavers Studio is a fitting place to mount this exhibition as Madeleine Jude was one of the first intake of students to the 2011-13 Handweavers Studio Diploma.  Since then she has been building her studio and collection and teaching her weaving techniques in Denmark. Continue reading →

Texprint 2017: Weave Designers

Texprint 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, who believe wholeheartedly in supporting textile design talent and in encouraging design innovation and excellence.

The following Weave Designers were selected for 2017, and their work can be seen at Première Vision Designs, Paris, Europe’s leading textile design specialty show, where the designers will exhibit their unique textile design collections, meet international buyers and make contacts.

The Texprint Awards Presentation, promoting the talent of British-trained textile designers to an international audience, takes place in the Texprint ‘village’ in Hall 5 and is attended by industry guests and press.  The 2017 Prize Presenter in Paris will be star Japanese designer Yuma Koshino.:

Julia Lidell ( Top image)
The Hen Folk Dress Collection. Hen is a new Swedish word referring to he or she. This is used when the gender is unknown or has no significance for the comunicated message.

Hen Collection is a lifestyle collection, made applicable to gender neutral fashion and accessories, as well as interiors.

The collection explores both heavy and light designs that celebrate the potential of wool and natural materials. Research into the wider heritage of Scandinavia: garments and ships from the viking age, folk dress and craft techniques that are still used today, has inspired a multi-functional collection. This collection is inspired by objects that hold a history and traditional Scandinavian craft techniques as a tool for contemporary design.

I have a wide passion for crafts and materials. Textiles have always been an interest of mine, previous to my woven textiles degree in London, I studied tailoring and design for three years at college in Sweden. Textiles has become my specialism but I have a wide interest for many different crafts, ceramics, silversmithing, embroidery. The key for me is the authenticity of materials and the value of old craft technique.The last year I have been focussing on creating delicate but heavily textured contemporary woven designs, with a high wool content in earthy grounded colours, inspired by objects that hold a history, and by traditional techniques.

E:julia.lidell@gmail.com

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