Archive for ‘textiles’

June 24, 2013

New Designers Pt.1 – 2013 – University of Huddersfield

The University of Huddersfield is presenting three undergraduate degree courses at New Designers 2013 comprising BA/BSc(Hons) Textile Design for Fashion and Interiors; BA(Hons) Textile Crafts and BA(Hons) Surface Design. Each degree course has its specific ethos and aims, leading to a rich and dynamic textile environment nurtured within the School of Art, Design and Architecture at The University of Huddersfield.


Charlotte Nash, Braided Mirror Detail

As a designer, taking inspiration from geometric shapes, grids and repetitive, striped, ‘Aztec’ designs my work investigates the repetition and rhythm of patterning within an…

Katie Soponski, Acoustic Felt 2

‘Artificial Nature’ is a collection of bespoke and tactile acoustic surfaces for use in interior spaces. Inspired by the impossibility of natural phenomena, the collection…

Emma McMinn, Politicising Linen

My work focuses on the idea that Community cannot be outlined on a map, rather it is built, and it can be dispersed again. In…

Rose Street-Simmons, The Benefit Of Hind Sight

Heritage, Iconoclastic, Evolution, Erosion, Rebirth

Emma Hodgson, ‘The Wonder of Geology’

The Fabric shown at new designers is to be aimed at throws within the bespoke market. Mixed composition will play a key role in the…

Kristen Dickinson, Tropic Clash

Tropic Clash SS14

The inspiration for the collection comes from exuberant, exotic animals, surrounded in their lustrous environments. Insects with natural patterns are highlighted with…

Katie Fisher, Urban Clarity

Urban Clarity represents a series of surfaces that have been inspired by the concept of creating translucency within industrial materials. Light becomes tactile and Urban…

Amey Yuill, Repetitive Architextiles

Architextiles; architecture collaborates with textiles to compliment and enhance the architectural structure of a building while using existing architectural forms as an influence within the…

Janine Singleton, Fanciful Disposition

Fanciful Disposition is a bespoke collection of screen printed textiles for Womenswear. The collection promotes the traditional techniques of screen printing however, displays a future…

Rosie Preston, Pixel Craft

Pixel Craft is a collection of rugs developed from the trend “New Digital Aesthetic”. I aim to blur the boundaries between digital drawing and hand…

Charlotte Hall, Smart/ Casual Genes

This collection is created for a range of mid-to-high-end fashion fabrics for young women aged 20-25. Inspired by the idea of the unseen world around…

Deborah Scott, Emotional Sanctuary Collection

My collection is fabric laminated and ceramic printed glass for interiors.

“Emotional Sanctuary Collection” is inspired by people who eat, work, sleep and live…

Exhibiting Graduates: Eleanor Winspear, Kristen Dickinson, Emma Hodgson, Katie Soponski, Deborah Scott, Janine Singleton, Katie Fisher, Rose Street-Simmons, Laura Greenwood, Charlotte Nash, Rosemary Preston, Louisa Crompton, Amey Yuill, Laura Cadman, Charlotte Hall, Emma McMinn

via New Designers 2013 – Huddersfield, University of.

January 29, 2013

Bioinspired fibers change color when stretched | e! Science News

   image Peter Vukusic

          images Mathias kolle

“A team of materials scientists at Harvard University and the University of Exeter, UK, have invented a new fiber that changes color when stretched. Inspired by nature, the researchers identified and replicated the unique structural elements that create the bright iridescent blue color of a tropical plants fruit. The multilayered fiber, described January 28 in the journal Advanced Materials, could lend itself to the creation of smart fabrics that visibly react to heat or pressure.”Our new fiber is based on a structure we found in nature, and through clever engineering weve taken its capabilities a step further,” says lead author Mathias Kolle, a postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences SEAS. “The plant, of course, cannot change color. By combining its structure with an elastic material, however, weve created an artificial version that passes through a full rainbow of colors as its stretched.”…..

…continue reading the original article at Bioinspired fibers change color when stretched | e! Science News.

January 8, 2013

How wonderful would it be to accidentally encounter these beautiful stones?

These just made me smile so I had to repost

For my eyes only… no one is likely to ever see this. I was inspired by the lovely Knitalatte’s awesome work…. I’m cheating here because I’m not doing any of the crochet… I can crochet but not for a project of this magnitude!!”

by Woollyfabulous

see more here –  All cleaned up and looking much better!! | Flickr – Photo Sharing!.

September 10, 2012

MOHAIR 2013/14

Lidewij Edelkoort has just presented her new 2013/14 forecast for Mohair South Africa at Maison & Objet in Paris. for a full report and to download the Colour Forecast go to Trendtablet Mohair 3 A forecast of deep hues for the nomadic interiora sandy neutral, cumin green, camel brown and an important new henna. Bright accents such as Jaffa orange, Persian saffron, mustard green and turquoise blue will show how intense mohair’s saturation can become, contrasted by jet black and slate grey.

“This year’s stand is inspired by the travelling tribes: Nomadism animates a timeworn style that is faded by age, crafted by hand and coloured by beautiful dyes. This roaming spirit is now reflected by our flexible and wireless existence today and a revived interest in living closer to the floor; a yearning for natural materials like straw, clay, wood and flax, but also animal fibres such as mohair collected from the noble Angora goat.”


October 26, 2011

print & pattern: EXHIBITION – marcus walters

thanks to print & pattern: EXHIBITION – marcus walters. for this link

‘unplanned magic’ is a new exhibition by marcus walters currently taking place at the material gallery in ludlow, UK. ‘unplanned magic’ is also running concurrently at blackbough (also in ludlow) and featuring work by marcus’ fellow screen print artist kate gibb. they have created some collaborative prints by over-printing each others work and they have also produced a limited range of hand sewn notebooks and hand printed tea towels which are available in store at the exhibition and online in marcus’ shop.”



August 10, 2011

Top draw! Graduate’s design skills wow major store chain

“The design flair of a talented University of Huddersfield student has caught the eye of one of the biggest names on the high street.

Not only has retail giant Wilkinson’s awarded a £1,000 prize to new graduate Laura Davenport, after she exhibited her work at a major show in London, but it has also begun talks with the 22-year-old, aiming to use her designs and develop new ideas.

It means that within months, Laura could see designs from her award-winning portfolio reproduced on fabrics and ceramics in some of the UK’s most popular stores.

“It would be absolutely fantastic to go into a branch of Wilkinson’s and see some of my designs on sale. It feels great to be recognised and rewarded at the same time!” said Laura.

She describes her style as illustrative with a quirky edge and likes to incorporate different themes into her designs – nautical and floral influences have recently found their way into her work.

Laura has just graduated from one of the University’s most popular courses, in textile design for fashion and interiors. It might be a cutting edge course, using computer technology, but it has deep roots in Huddersfield’s long tradition of education and training in textiles, to meet the needs of local industry.

Every year, a group of the most promising students on the course are chosen to take their work to a London showcase event named New Designers. Laura had some of her latest designs on display, in a category sponsored by Wilkinson’s. She was awarded the first prize and the company immediately began to discuss future projects.

“Laura has beautiful drawing skills, which Wilkinson’s immediately picked up on,” said her course leader, Nicola Redmore. “She had a lovely, fresh collection on display and Laura is a very commercial designer, in the best sense of the term. She is very grounded and knows what will appeal to the public. She is definitely one of our most promising students”.

A feature of the textile design for fashion and interiors course is that students create their designs – using both computers and traditional skills – and then follow them through to production and accompany the finished product with a marketing statement.

Also, the majority of the students take up the opportunity to go on work placement for part of the course. Laura Davenport had placements with two Cheshire-based textile firms and she is convinced that the experience is a factor in her success.

Nicola Redmore said that the emphasis on work placement was an important element in high employability rates among ex-students and those who took up the option tended to come out with the best degrees.

Laura, who lives in her native Stockport and comes from an artistic family, is now embarking on her career as a designer and after her early taste of  success she might consider working as a freelance designer.”  see also the report on the New Designers Website 

August 9, 2011

Fabric trends at Textile Forum

“Fabric trends at Textile Forum August 09, 2011.
UKTextile Forum is staged at The Music Room in London during October 19-20. Fabrics woven and knitted from natural fibres will be even more evident at the October Textile Forum as new exhibitors British Alpaca Fashion, Johnstons of Elgin and The Merino Company join for the first time. “This season the emphasis is very much on natural and fancy fabrics with lace particularly prominent as the impact of the Royal Wedding shows no signs of abating. Visitors will also be able to see the upcoming trend for fabrics with a 3D effect,” says organiser Linda Laderman. “Textile Forum will also capitalise on the resurgence in demand for British-made fabrics, popular for their heritage status.”At Filtex the 3D effect is created with embroidery and Michaels Bridal Fabrics also has fabrics with this effect. According to Alan Litman in the aftermath of the Royal Wedding crochet still continues to be incredibly popular and floral laces with brushed lace is defining the new winter bridal collections.A strong range of cottons from Acorn and Ringhart, fine mens and womens wools and cashmeres from Holland & Sherry, tweeds from Marling & Evans, merino wool knits from JT Knitting and The Merino Company, buttons from R & B Accessories and exotic leathers from G H Leathers are among the extensive collections available at the October exhibition.”

via UK : Fabric trends at Textile Forum – Textile News UK.

July 8, 2011

Art, Design and Architecture » ‘Twist’ reports on Huddersfield success

The June issue of Twist: The International Magazine for Luxury Fabrics, Yarns and Fibres, reported that the University of Huddersfield has recently been identified as a centre of excellence by the Worshipful Company of Weavers.  One of the benefits of this, is that the University will receive a grant to improve and update materials and machinery in the Weave area.

I’ll certainly be keeping an eye on Twist for more reports on the University of Huddersfield, as well as other articles of local interest.  Twist is published on a monthly basis by the World Textile Information Network WTIN, along with titles such as Future Materials, International Dyer, and Knitting International. Copies of all of these magazines can be found in the Art and Design area on floor 3:

For Students and Staff, University of Huddersfield, It’s also possible to keep up to date with new articles appearing in these titles, or search for previously published reports by using the Textile Technology Index- an International database of journal articles in the field of Textiles. For more information about how to access and search this database, take a look at the entry on our A-Z List of Resources. you can also access  WTIN via  our Electronic Resources

via Art, Design and Architecture » ‘Twist’ reports on Huddersfield success.

July 8, 2011

New Designers 2011 – New Designers Wilkinson Award for Commercial Surface Design

New Designers Wilkinson Award for Commercial Surface Design

Photography by

Winner: Laura Jean Davenport, University of Huddersfield

Read their interview with Laura Jean here

Award Prize: £1000 cash

Judges Comments: An intricate and quality design. Good use of illustration and colour, with an original mix of subject matters which will translate effectively onto a range of textiles and ceramics.

via New Designers 2011 – New Designers Wilkinson Award for Commercial Surface Design.

April 5, 2011

Talking Textiles exhibition

Trend forecasting and design guru, Lidewij Edelkoort, will be promoting young textile design talent from the UK and Europe at her Talking Textiles exhibition at the Salone Satellite 2011 Milan Furniture Fair which will be celebrating its 50th anniversary and will be expecting around 300,000 visitors from 12th to 17th April.

‎”Exhibition curator Li said, “It is so important to take notice again of contemporary textile designers who are becoming an endangered species. With the expenditure at colleges and art schools rising, the textile ateliers are the first to be downsized or removed.”

A selection of young graduate designers will be showcased as part of Edelkoort’s ongoing initiative to promote textile design education, bringing the freshest European design talent to public attention. Supporting the graduate designers exhibiting and Li’s quest to save the endangered discipline of textile design are Skillset, British Fashion Council, UKFT and Texprint.

The designs on show will include textiles, rugs, curtains, lighting, accessories and upholstered furniture, but also multimedia installations, digital animations and film projections.”