Texprint 2016: Weave Participants

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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:-

Alice Timmis
(Photograph above)

For my final collection, I was inspired by the gestural presence that an artist gives to his or her canvas. I produced a collection of woven fashion fabrics, hand finished using a variety of experimental techniques, sometimes using unorthodox tools.  I approached some of my fabrics like an artist would his canvas, and used my weave as the base ‘coat’ for other layers including embroidery, thus breaking away from the liner restrictions of the loom.

As part of this fashion-fabric collection driven by finishing methods, I developed a technique whereby woven cloth can be manipulated and shaped directly to the body.

Royal College of Art

Chloe Frost

My collection is an exploration of composition, colour and contrast. Inspired by modern art, geometric abstraction and the arrangements of space, shape and detail within our domestic surroundings; it considers interior ‘snapshots’ as abstract collages and reinterprets them as woven compositions. Dobby woven tapestries incorporate graphic forms and motifs, while jacquards mix minimal lines and shapes with patterned structures.

Intended as decorative pieces and alternative furnishing fabrics for contemporary interiors, the collection explores the concept of ‘modern decoration’, reconsidering the stereotypical aesthetic of decorative and handcrafted textiles. The work/ my practice aims to reinstate and promote a sense of value and preciousness into the textiles we can decorate our homes with.

The tapestries are made from merino wool with a mixture of silk, cotton and Lurex detailing. The jacquards include various qualities; lambs wool blankets, fine single-coloured silk trams and heavyweight cotton mixes.


Royal College of Art

Jacob Monk

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My work is inspired by man-made protective-wear and protection that is found in nature, in-particularly animal skins. I created a woven collection exploring a range of materials including Kevlar, reflective yarn and porcupine quills to give some of the fabric its own protective qualities. The project uses different techniques to manipulate the fabrics’ surfaces to create exaggerated textures, and features rich sombre tones that are occasionally highlighted by a striking colour.

Central Saint Martins

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This lambswool interior collection represents a true story, it displays an interpretation of the travelogue of M.A. Czaplicka. The anthropologist spent a year in Siberia from 1914-1915, travelling up the Yenisei and spending time with the native peoples. With her she brought back many artefacts from the natives that she had set out to study. These artifacts were housed in the Pitt Rivers Museum and enabled me to begin his project into finding out more about the expedition, the artefacts and the patterns within the items. I believe we do not recognize Siberia enough within modern day culture, and advocates the celebration of this part of the world.

This collection invites you, to find out more about the anthropologist. The fabrics and wall panels of work are designed to make you think about Siberia, as each fabric in the main collection is named after particular peoples, areas and rivers, all of which feature in Czaplickas Travelogue. I have used this design work as a tool to find out about the area of Siberia; I have taken inspiration from Czaplicka’s story to create my handwoven collection.

The main collections consists of eight fabrics, largely handwoven in lambswool using the Scandinavian Technique of Krokbragd. The other handwoven items are limited edition pieces, using recycled yarns and produced on a rigid heddle loom.


Hereford College of Arts

You can see all the Texprint Weave winners at Premiere Vision Paris, France September 13th – 15th 2016

Text and images designers own and Texprint website

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