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Job: The Bristol Weaving Mill Ltd. Production Assistant Role

The Bristol Weaving Mill Ltd. Production Assistant Role
Full time role 35 hours per week to commence in February 2022
Salary £18,000 per annum

The Bristol Weaving Mill  (BWM) are looking for an organised and proactive weaving mill Production Assistant with advanced knowledge of woven textiles, and meticulous attention to detail. Reporting directly to the Production Manager this role requires a confident and skilled hand-weaver with an interest in industrial manufacturing and sustainable textiles. The successful applicant will have excellent communication skills, be self-motivated and hard-working, able to follow instruction and work well in a dynamic small team.

Bristol Weaving Mill work across both fashion and interiors, designing, developing and manufacturing woven products and fabric for a variety of outcomes. End uses include but are not limited to, Ready to Wear and Couture Menswear and Womenswear fabrics, finished shawls and scarfs, interior drapery, tapestry panels, upholstery fabric and finished interior soft accessories and products such as throws, blankets and cushions. From their largest commercial client to their smallest personal project, each of their client relationships is based on offering a service catered to their individual needs. Continue reading →

Job: The Bristol Weaving Mill Ltd. Sales & Design Manager | Maternity Cover Role

The Bristol Weaving Mill Ltd. Sales & Design Manager | Maternity Cover Role

Role to commence in March 2022 under a fixed-term contract, 35 hours per week.

Salary £21,000 per annum.

The Bristol Weaving Mill (BWM)  are looking for a creative and technically confident woven textile designer with product development and sales experience, and the ability to manage project timelines with meticulous attention to detail. The successful applicant will work to nurture and maintain client relationships through pro-active and responsive communication and design work. This role involves overseeing and managing sales, design, and manufacturing schedules for new and on-going projects.

Bristol Weaving Mill work across both fashion and interiors, designing, developing and manufacturing woven products and fabric for a variety of outcomes. End uses include, but are not limited to Ready to Wear and Couture Menswear and Womenswear fabrics, finished shawls and scarfs, interior drapery, tapestry panels, upholstery fabric and finished interior soft accessories and products such as throws, blankets and cushions.

From their largest commercial client to their smallest personal project, each of their client relationships is based on offering a service catered to their individual needs. Most of BWM customers seek not only the small-batch and locally managed production capabilities of the mill but are also looking to BWM to provide input and direction creatively, offering technical advice where necessary.

This job will involve working closely and strategically on sales, building upon the existing client relationships and establishing new ones. In particular, the role will involve management of key client accounts and overseeing commercial design and manufacturing of finished woven products for home interiors.

The successful applicant will need to be an excellent communicator and extremely organised with impeccable attention to detail and quality. As a designer, the ability to assume the aesthetic identity of a wide range of clients is essential. They should be able to handle multiple projects at once, while maintaining excellent communication with customers and colleagues. The ability to self-motivate and work independently as well as in a team is essential. Continue reading →

Job: Assistant Professor with a Focus on Weaving | Rhode Island School of Design. USA

The Department of Textiles in the Division of Fine Arts, Rhode Island School of Design, invites applications for a full-time faculty appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor with a focus on weaving to begin fall 2022.

The Textile Department seeks candidates with an extensive understanding of woven structure and its potential for two and three-dimensional work who can teach a range of courses in the weaving area including hand and digital weaving technologies. Candidates should demonstrate expertise in their field and professional work that shows a high level of proficiency, commitment to the ongoing evolution of the textile field, and active engagement with contemporary art and culture. The ideal candidate will support students interested in pursuing weaving for fine arts work, as well as fashion and interior/architectural applications. Candidates whose creative practice and/or teaching centers on works and bodies of knowledge from historically underrepresented communities will be prioritized.

Rhode Island School of Design is an undergraduate and graduate college of art and design with approximately 2,400 graduate and undergraduate students. RISD supports faculty professional practice with sabbaticals, pre-critical review leave, conference funds, and professional development grants. RISD has a critical review process, which is very similar to the tenure process. For more information about RISD

One of RISD’s founding departments, the internationally renowned Textile program instructs students in the concept, method and practice of textile art and design. The department has approximately 100 undergraduate and 12 graduate students, 4 full time and 12 -15 part-time faculty offering a two-year MFA degree and a four-year BFA degree. The curriculum hones artistic identity through visual and material research built upon a foundation of strong technical skills, and emphasizes a thorough understanding and integration of process, structure, material and technique. The faculty support the development of students as artists and designers who energize the field through personal vision and understanding of the larger artistic, cultural and social contexts of the discipline. The department is committed to anti-racist pedagogy and curriculum and is working towards realizing this with the RISD Textile Department Anti-Racist Commitment and Plan of Action. Continue reading →

Job Opportunity: Dash + Miller | Studio Manager and Woven Designer Maternity Cover Role

Dash + Miller studio regularly works with trend agencies, fashion houses, fabric manufacturers, sportswear brands, automotive companies, lifestyle brands, editors and contract suppliers to inform and inspire the creation of beautiful fabrics. Their hand-crafted approach to industrial design combines with their breadth of experience to provide relevant and unique design-work.

The Maternity Cover Role is to commence in November 2021 under a part-time fixed-term contract (24 per week). Salary £20,000 pro-rata

They are looking for a creative, innovative and technically confident woven textile designer with meticulous attention to detail, and experience in both handloom weaving and CAD design. As a Woven Designer, the successful applicant will work closely with clients and other members of the team to deliver projects within tight timescales. The ability to assume the aesthetic identity of both the studio and a wide range of clients is essential. The candidate should be able to handle multiple client projects at once, while also contributing to their internal R&D projects and portfolio of designs.

As Studio Manager, this role requires excellent organisation and communication skills to oversee the smooth day to day running of the studio. Multitasking, maintaining existing systems and introducing new ones where necessary, the successful candidate will be able to effectively plan and prioritise. The ability to self-motivate and work independently as well as in a team is essential.

A thorough grasp of the technical elements of weaving and woven fabrics is needed to support the design and administrative elements of this role. These skills are vital for accurate, relevant sample development as well as enabling clear communication with clients, suppliers, and subcontractors. A real passion for hand-weaving and woven design is essential for this opportunity to contribute to a small, but growing creative business.
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Job Opportunity: BFTT | Dash + Miller R&D Project Lead

This post is an exciting opportunity for a Post Graduate, or Post-Doctoral Researcher (or equivalent demonstrable industry/research experience) to work as the Research & Development (R&D) Project Lead, facilitating a novel collaborative project, between UAL and Dash & Miller.

You will be employed by the University of the Arts London but predominately working remotely, with some travel within the UK and on-site delivery at Dash & Miller’s premises in Bristol.

The Business of Fashion, Textiles & Technology (BFTT) Partnership is a multi-million pound initiative lead by UAL aimed at accelerating the growth of fashion, textile and technology sector through collaborative R&D partnerships and projects.

Dash & Miller have been awarded funding within the BFTT R&D SME Support Programme. The principal aim of the project is to develop R&D around digital textiles to aid design and communication throughout the supply chain.

They are looking for an individual with flexibility to work at sites in Bristol and remotely, with a thorough knowledge of the digital fashion and textiles landscape, as well as the circularity and sustainability opportunities available within the sector.

You will have a PG qualification in the area of fashion and textiles with a focus on the application of digital within the sector, or equivalent research and/or industry experience.

You will have experience of managing textile supply chains from yarn to finishing, and ideally a knowledge of digital product development within the fashion context gained through research and/or relevant R&D industry work. Continue reading →

Job Opportunity: BFTT | ReWeave R&D Project Lead

ReWeave R&D Project Lead  is an exciting opportunity for a Postgraduate or Post-Doctoral Researcher (or equivalent demonstrable industry/research experience) to work as the Research & Development (R&D) Project Lead to facilitate a collaborative project with ReWeave – a woven textile studio based in London and Hastings that has been awarded funding within the BFTT R&D SME Support Programme.

The aim of the project is to develop R&D around sustainable woven textile design and manufacture using industry waste fabrics.

The role involves working collaboratively with Academic Mentors from the Centre for Circular Design and Textile Futures Research Community at University of the Arts London and the Company Lead at the Reweave Ltd.

You can find more information about the role here.

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With thanks to BFTT and Kirsty McDougall for text & images

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Job: Weaver at Bute Fabrics Limited

Bute Fabrics Limited are offering a permanent, full time Weavers job on the Isle Of Bute (PA20), Scotland.

Company description
Bute Fabric Ltd pride themselves on their unique story. The mill was founded in 1947 by the 5th Marquess of Bute with the sole purpose of providing employment opportunities for service people returning home from the Second World War. Since then, they have  gone from strength to strength, cultivating markets worldwide and consistently pushing the boundaries of innovation.

Situated within the Firth of Clyde, the Isle of Bute is steeped in history. There is an astonishing array of different landscapes: heather-covered moorland, lush rolling hills, wild forests, sweeping beaches and an ever-changing seascape.

Bute is one of Scotland’s most accessible islands and is only 33 miles away from the city of Glasgow, with a 30 min ferry link to the mainland.

It is not just that  looms that are at the heart of Bute Fabrics, their people are too. It is their specialist skills and drive that make it possible for them to be leaders in an international marketplace. With their staff’s energy, enthusiasm, and dedication, they are able to produce some of the world’s most technically advanced woven textiles.

Job description
Reporting to the Production Director and joining a team of 6 weavers in a busy weaving department of 14 modern rapier looms. The successful candidate will have some previous weaving experience and will be required to carry out normal weaver duties of regular loom patrols, keeping a check on product quality, repairing warp and weft thread breaks, removing woven fabric rolls, etc. Applicants with previous industrial weaving experience is an advantage, but training will be provided to applicants who have general textile experience.

The role will suit someone who is quality conscious with an eye for detail and a flexible, ‘can do’ approach to their work. Training will be provided as required.

This is not a post that can be worked remotely. Continue reading →

Opportunity: The Society of Designer Craftsmen

The Society of Designer Craftsmen was founded by Walter Crane and William Morris and is proud to have some of the most innovative, talented and skilled craftspeople in the country as members. They promote and support the work of designer-makers working across craft disciplines including Ceramics, Wood, Metal, Glass and Textiles, through exhibitions, workshops and mentoring.

A registered charity, the SDC is run by a dedicated Council of craft professionals – all volunteers. Their President is Sir Christopher Frayling.

Their objectives are to:
• Foster public understanding of craft by encouragement and promotion of design excellence and fine craftsmanship
• Maintain and enhance high standards of design and craftsmanship
• Encourage training and education of new and young Designer Craftspeople

The SDC are looking for some truly great people to strengthen their presence and raise awareness of their work. They are urgently seeking outstanding individuals for the following volunteer roles who enjoy making a worthwhile contribution.

Chair
A natural motivator to lead and direct the Council of Trustees and be an ambassador for the Society in the wider circles of the designer maker and craft community. They will lead the Society in its exciting and ambitious growth and development plan while ensuring the organisation complies with its governing document, charity law, company law etc.

Anticipated commitment: minimum 3-7 days/month Continue reading →

Research Opportunity: Woven Textile Designer/Technologist

Woven Textile Designer/ Technologist | Robert Gordon University and Harris Tweed Hebrides Ltd.

This is an exciting opportunity for an ambitious graduate in Textiles as a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) Associate on a 2 -year collaborative project between Harris Tweed Hebrides and Robert Gordon University (Gray’s School of Art and School of Creative and Cultural Business).

KTP (Knowledge Transfer Partnership) supports partnerships between business and universities or research organisations, placing graduates (KTP Associates) to work on innovative high-profile projects.

The post will be based at the company premises at Shawbost Mill, North Shawbost on the Isle of Lewis. The post holder will design and innovate in new woven fabric development that will test the current business model and manufacturing processes to facilitate step-changes in design, manufacture & branding, to produce new fabrics that minimise seasonality and maximise sustainability.

The successful candidate will receive extensive practical and formal training, gain marketable skills, broaden their knowledge and expertise within an industrially relevant project, and gain valuable experience from industrial and academic mentors. The KTP Associate will benefit from a Personal Development Budget of £4,000.

Candidates must ideally possess a Master’s degree in Textile Design or Textile Technology within woven textiles, or a strongly related discipline. However, those with 1st Class Honours degree in the above disciplines should also apply for this post.

The candidate will be expected to have an interest in island culture and living as they will be located on the Isle of Lewis for the duration of the project. They should be self-motivated with an ability to work independently and to tight deadlines within a dynamic and small team environment.

In addition, they must have experience of working in the textile industry, in particular designing within the woven lambswool market. Knowledge of international markets (in particular European, Far East & US) would be an advantage.

Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are required, as the ideal candidate must be able to communicate effectively with a range of different individuals. i.e. technical, academic, business and customers. Team working and flexibility will be a key requirement.

Click here for more information on this post and how to apply

Closing date: 8th October 2020

Informal enquires are welcome. Please contact Josie Steed – j.steed@rgu.ac.uk

Job: The Bristol Weaving Mill Ltd | Maternity Cover

Sales & Design Manager Maternity Cover Role.
The Bristol Weaving Mill Ltd.
Role to commence in August 2020 under a fixed-term contract

BWM are looking for a creative and technically confident woven textile designer with product development and sales experience, and the ability to manage project timelines with meticulous attention to detail. The successful applicant will work to nurture and maintain client relationships through pro-active and responsive communication and design work. This role involves overseeing and managing sales, design, and manufacturing schedules for new and on-going projects.

Bristol Weaving Mill  work across both fashion and interiors, designing, developing and manufacturing woven products and fabric for a variety of outcomes. End uses include but are not limited to Ready to Wear and Couture Menswear and Womenswear fabrics, finished shawls and scarfs, interior drapery, tapestry panels, upholstery fabric and finished interior soft accessories and products such as throws, blankets and cushions.

From their largest commercial client to their smallest personal project, each of their client relationships is based on offering a service catered to their individual needs. Most of their customers seek not only the small-batch and locally managed production capabilities of the mill but are also looking to for BWM to provide input and direction creatively, offering technical advice where necessary.

This job will involve working closely and strategically on sales, building upon the existing client
relationships and establishing new ones. In particular, the role will involve management of key client accounts and overseeing commercial design and manufacturing of finished woven products for home interiors. The successful applicant will need to be an excellent communicator and extremely organised with impeccable attention to detail and quality.

As a designer, the ability to assume the aesthetic identity of a wide range of clients is essential. They should be able to handle multiple projects at once, while maintaining excellent communication with customers and colleagues. The ability to self-motivate and work independently as well as in a team is essential.

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