Tongtong Wang has recently completed the Printed Textiles pathway at WSA after joining us in Year 2 from Dalian, China. Her final collection has been much admired for it’s fun prints for Interiors. At the Degree Show she was awarded the Nancy Balfour Award for excellence.
Her collection focussed on “how to enjoy life and make ourselves better”, emphasising on sports and leisure activities and healthy eating. Her collection was intended to be amusing utilising her illustrative style combined with her fun abstract patterns. She was greatly influenced by the work of two photographers Muriel Bordier and Dean Bradshaw.
Tongtong hopes for a future career designing for interiors, utilising all she has learnt at WSA. Her work will be at New Designers next week alongside 15 other selected graduates from Textile Design.
Jasmine Broughton has just completed her time at WSA studying Fashion Design, garnering much attention at the London Press Show and Graduate Fashion Week, as well as scooping two awards from WSA – the Fashion & Textiles Award, given at the London show, and the Nancy Balfour Award for achievement at the Degree Show last week.
Jasmine’s final collection was inspired by abstract art, the bold colour and free movement of line and texture. Collage influenced many of the silhouettes within the collection resulting in overlaid or oversized shapes representing the random abstract information found within the artists work.
Her collection also took inspiration from her Grandmother’s love of fashion whatever her age. “Age has been a big influence when designing and my aim is to create fashion that all ages can enjoy. I have focused on developing embellishment techniques that are unique to my designs and represent that fun ethos behind the idea of any woman wearing my clothing.”
Post WSA, Jasmine hopes to “continue designing clothing that allows me to develop my love of experimentation with textures and further push my textile techniques whether this be within a design company role or designing for my own label.”
We’re sure Jasmine will go on to great successes! Make sure you see her work at the Degree Show, on for the rest of this week.
During her second year at WSA studying Knitted Textiles for Fashion, Hannah Brabon has managed to gain of wealth of Industry Experience from a combination of Live Projects and Internships, all setting her in excellent stead for her final year.
Here she tells us about her internship with Sophie Steller and her opportunity to go to Shanghai as part of a Live Project with Spinexpo.
“Whilst on work placement at Sophie Steller, I carried out a variety of different studio tasks such as organising fabrics and trimmings, as well as assisting with deliveries. I was also involved with selecting yarn from the extensive collection at the studio, for various trend and colour stories. It was a fantastic opportunity to be able to work with yarn that is of such a high industry standard and improve my awareness of yarn suppliers.
Experiencing working in such a fast paced environment was very exciting as I was able to see projects develop from initial research through to final sampling. I was also lucky enough to be involved in plotting designs on Photoshop for Shima Seiki sampling and embellishing knitted fabrics. I learnt a huge amount from the team of designers in the studio; for example Photoshop techniques and interesting ways of photographing knitted samples.”
“At the studio I also learnt new techniques on the dubied knitting machines, such as various ways of creating interesting cable designs. It was such a privilege to be able to use the machinery to develop sample ideas for the studio, whilst at the same time developing my skills in the area. I feel very lucky to have been able to experience working in a knitwear design studio, and everything that I have learnt will be so useful for my future studies.”
“During the year, I was also given the opportunity to go to Shanghai in February for the yarn and trend tradeshow ‘Spinexpo’. I had an active role in setting up both the Winchester School of Art display and ‘The Red Room’. It was such a fantastic opportunity to see the work that we created on display and to be able to see how an international tradeshow works. I was able get a further insight into the industry by making contacts with designers, buyers and spinners.”
“I learnt so much from both of these experiences and have become more confident as a result. It has shown me how important getting industry experience is and how beneficial it can be.”
Asiatic are currently recruiting for the following role:
We are looking for a designer to work at our London head office 4 days a week. The successful applicant will be creating designs for our own collections as well as for our clients.
This role would be suited to a Textiles Graduate with strong attention to detail, an ability to work in a broad spectrum of styles and a eye for colour. Strong Photoshop and Illustrator skills are extremely important, along with good hand drawing skills. The successful applicant will work closely with the product development team but will also need to be able to work independently.
This is a varied role and responsibilities include, but are not limited too;
Following design and trend briefs provided by a range of high street interior brands.
Creating new designs and adapting existing designs, for both the high street and the companies own collection.
Conducting research into current and future trends.
Compiling mood boards and colour stories.
Carrying out Comp Shops.
Essential skills and experience
Degree in a relevant subject, preferably textile design (Print, Weave or Surface pattern).
Creative flair and commercial approach to design.
Sensitivity to colour.
Strong CAD skills, Photoshop and Illustrator experience.
Ability to identify key trends, and interpret these in a relevant and commercial way.
Knowledge of high street interiors market.
Ability to work towards specific and varied briefs.
Ability to work in a fast paced environment.
Must be able to successfully work as part of a team and independently.
Strong communication skills, both verbal and written.
This is an entry level role but some relevant experience within a similar role or internship is required.
Hours of work: 9am to 5.30pm Monday-Thursday Location: London N4
Current Fashion Design graduate Christine Xu has been featured in Not Just A Label’s ‘Black Sheep’ feature, focussing on ‘the designers revolutionising the industry and forging their own path’.
Christine has just completed her final year at WSA producing Menswear Collection ‘Back to Future’, a futuristic, hybrid collection of tailored sportswear using Kraftwerk as her muse. Techno music energised the whole collection, inspiring her fabric combinations, digital prints and silhouettes.
Christine is starting the Menswear MA at University of Westminster this September. She also won the WSA Fashion Direction Award at the London Press show.
Christine intends to improve her own design style in fabric combination, pattern cutting and garment silhouettes on the two year MA course. “My focus and great passion is in using technical and modern materials in order to manipulate the fabric and combine it with high quality tailoring. I feel I have a point of view and a distinctive vision for mixing sportswear and traditional tailoring.” After postgraduate study Christine hopes to realise her dream of directing her own Menswear designer brand.
Final year woven textiles students were selected to showcase their woven samples at Spinexpo as part of a live project with Sophie Steller. The students produced work for two of Sophie Steller’s clients Novetex and Biella.
Dannielle Hutin was awarded a £200 prize for Novetex and Leah Ashton was awarded a £200 prize for Biella. Congratulations!
Applications are invited for the Cockpit Arts / The Clothworkers Foundation Awards 2016. The Awards are only open to weavers who have graduated within the last 5 years.
The Awards aim to assist emerging weavers each year to set up in business by providing studio space and business support provided by Cockpit Arts as well as shared use of looms. The selection panel, including the acclaimed ikat weaver and designer Mary Restieaux, and a representative of The Clothworkers Foundation, will be looking for up to three individuals who demonstrate entrepreneurial spirit as well as creative excellence and craft skills. The Award contributes to the cost of a place at Cockpit for one year from July 2016 and will include a space in a shared studio equipped with 3 looms, Leclerc and Louet, and the following benefits:
Studio space and use of looms within the creative community of Cockpit Arts at Deptford, London, SE8 with access to office facilities and resource centre.
Business and professional development services including on-site coaching, a personalised development plan, workshops and seminars.
A range of selling and promotional opportunities including Cockpit Arts Open Studios selling events twice a year.
Award worth 2,000 with the remaining 2,000 fee being provided by the Award winners, payable on a monthly basis.