Cockpit Arts – Clothworkers’ Foundation Award Winners

Cockpit Arts is extremely grateful to The Clothworkers’ Foundation for helping to establish and promote the Cockpit Arts / Clothworkers’ Foundation Awards 2012 which aims to support weavers who have recently graduated to help them develop their skills and pursue their career. All the Award winners can be seen at the Cockpit Arts Deptford Summer Open Studios 2012. Open 22-24 June. Address: 18-22 Creekside, London, SE8 3DZ. Opening times: Fri 6pm-9pm, Sat – Sun 11am-6pm. Cockpit Arts

The Clothworkers’ Foundation has been closely involved in the Award concept from the beginning, and  are most indebted to Andrew Blessley, Director of the Foundation for introducing us to Philippa Brock, Woven Textiles Pathway Leader and Linsay Robinson, Senior Weave Technician, Central Saint Martins, who advised on the award timetable and purchase of looms and equipment. Cockpit Arts also sought initial advice about the concept of the Award from weaver, Eleanor Pritchard, who is based at Cockpit Arts Deptford.

The Selection Panel comprised Scarlet Oliver, representing The Clothworkers’ Foundation; Mary Restieaux, acclaimed ikat weaver and designer; Vanessa Swann, CEO of Cockpit Arts and Beckie Kingman, Studio Manager, Cockpit Arts. The six Award winners moved into Cockpit in mid-April 2012. They occupy shared space in two studios at Cockpit Arts’ incubator centre in Deptford (Studio 213 and 214) and have shared access to looms and equipment, generously funded by The Clothworkers’ Foundation with a grant of £25,000. The 6 Awards are being generously funded by the Foundation at £2,000 per Award with match funding of £2,000 being provided by each Award winner.

Cockpit Arts are looking forward enormously to supporting the young weavers with business development support over the coming year in order that their weaving businesses thrive and grow to national and international success.

Award Winners

Nadia-Anne Ricketts

Deptford Studio 213/214

Multimedia textile designer and artist Nadia holds a first class BA (Hons) from Central Saint Martins. Nadia digitally translates music into fabric, and this innovative fusion of music and weave has led to projects with the V&A and Microsoft Research Cambridge. Her fashion-led work includes collaborations with musicians Beth Ditto and Adele. 



Soukaina Aziz El Idrissi,

Deptford Studio 213/214

Soukaina is a surface designer specialising in weave who up-cycles yarns from plastic carrier bags. She was born and raised in Casablanca, Morocco and moved to London in 2005 where she studied at Central Saint Martins. She also won the New Designers Award in 2010.

Teresa Georgallis

Deptford 213/214

Teresa specialises in hand woven and jacquard design cloth and explores themes around pattern, rhythm and sequence. She holds a textiles BA (Hons) from Chelsea College of Art & Design and an MA from Royal College of Art.

Catarina Riccabona

Deptford Studio 213/214

Catarina produces sustainable and environmentally friendly textiles using natural linen, hemp and wool with plant-dyed yarns. She holds a Woven Textiles BA (Hons) from Central Saint Martins.


Cassandra Smith 213/214

Cassandra holds a Textile  Design BA (Hons) from Central Saint Martins. Her work is inspired by Victorian time-keeping pieces and she integrates fibre optics into her woven textiles.


 Laura Adburgham

Deptford Studio 213/214

Laura studied Woven Textiles BA (Hons) at University of Brighton and uses her woven fabrics to create a luxurious range of accessories and homewares.


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