London Transport Museum: Weaving Futures In The Studio

Between now and February 2017, London Transport Musuem are hosting  Weaving Futures In The Studio, part of their year-long public programme of events, and situated in the ‘pop-up’ designer’s Studio integrated into LTM’s temporary Designology exhibition.  It is a three-month focus on digital jacquard woven textile design and moquette concepts, exploring process and making, and is curated in partnership with research and design industry experts Philippa Brock and Samuel Plant Dempsey.

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Weaving Futures explores the importance and potential of woven textiles to the London Transport System and features a state of the art TC2 digital jacquard loom. The idea is to actively explore how good design makes life in London better, through residencies and participatory workshops. The work does not exist currently and as the exhibition progresses this will be made and then displayed. It also examines the process of designing for and production of woven textiles.

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Each week there are different weave designers, researchers, artists and industry designers resident in the studio, with each resident responding to the same design brief, relating to data and transport. The residents will be working with Studio weavers, Rosie Green and Hanna Vinlöf–Nylen, to realise their final design on the digital loom. Outcomes and final designs will be displayed in the Studio and shared during the Museum’s Late Debate and Friday Late events.

Residents: Assemble, Beatwoven, Philippa Brock, Camira, Central Saint Martins, BA Textile students, Samuel Dempsey, Linda Florence, Gainsborough Weaving Company, Eleanor Pritchard, Rare Thread (aka Kirsty McDougall and Laura Miles), Josephine OrtegaIsmini Samanidou, Studio Houndstooth, Takram & Priti Veja

Drop into London Transport Museum’s pop-up Studio for a unique behind the scenes chance to experience contemporary transport design innovation through a year-long programme of events. The studio is open to the general public and one entry ticket gets you in for a year. The programme is part of this exciting Designology exhibition and includes:

·      one-day workshops with London’s best known transport designers

·      design residencies, briefs and challenges

·      intellectual late debates, workshops and talks

The workshop programme includes among others:

25, 26, 30 January 2017 – Research Collaboration with Brock, Dempsey and Veja – Designers Philippa Brock, Samuel Plant Dempsey & Dr. Priti Veja will be coming together in the studio to work collaboratively on a brief, combining their expertise in design thinking, with Brock on 3D woven jacquard and haptics, Dempsey on product design and 3D printing, and Veja on woven e-textiles. Find out how electronics can be constructed in woven structures to make integrated soft circuits, wearable technology and smart textiles. philippabrock.com I design-plant.co.uk I weft-lab.com

9,10 February 2017 – Weaving Music with BeatWoven®  – Meet award winning, avant-garde textiles label BeatWoven® and find out how they use songs and sounds to visualise and orchestrate pattern formations in textile design, particularly through the technique of weaving. Watch live as they work with our weavers to interpret a brief on the Digital Loom. beatwoven.co.uk

17, 18 February – Upholster and Accessorise with Eleanor Pritchard – Meet hands-on London weave studio; Eleanor Pritchard (Texprint alumna), designers and manufactures of upholstery and interior accessories. Find out about using geometrics and graphic reversible patterns to create clean, contemporary design and observe their approach to our transport brief. eleanorpritchard.com

For more information go to http://www.ltmuseum.co.uk

C&E Lecture – Thursday 1st December 5pm – By Walid & Kirsty McDougall in Conversation

2-by-walid-kirsty-mcdougall-lectureWalid al Damirji, Creative Director of Fashion Label By Walid will be in conversation with Woven Textiles Designer Kirsty McDougall of Dashing Tweeds and Rare Thread about the relationship between Fashion and Textiles and future trends this Thursday between 5 – 6pm in LTA – not to be missed.

Both companies take student interns regularly and will be able to answer questions you may have about internships.

See you on Thursday at 5pm in LTA!

SOPHIE STELLER LIVE PROJECT WITH SECOND YEAR KNIT & WEAVE

We are very lucky to have worked on a live project with Sophie Steller and her trend driven Knitwear Studio for second year knit & weave’s first project this semester, leading to four work placements for two knit & weave students respectively in her studio in Twickenham, London.

A little bit about Sophie Steller and her company:

‘Our London based studio is home to a team of highly talented designers who have worked on projects for clients such as SPINEXPO, Novetex Spinners, TJ Maxx, AEO, GAP, Polo Ralph Lauren, Gant, A&F, Primark Stores, Marks & Spencer, H&M and Aroma Home.

We provide a wide range of knitwear related design services including:

  • seasonal swatch collection
  • colour & trend forecasting
  • yarn development
  • marketing & branding
  • direct studio development
  • mood & product boards
  • concept fabrics’

We worked to an exciting brief set by Sophie, asking the students to approach their work in a more trend driven way. She asked the students to:

‘Develop your ability to research in a relevant, objective, and analytical way to be able to communicate your ideas with one strong, clear message.

The role of a designer is to find ways to creatively problem-solve. As a designer, whether you are designing your own collection, or working for a client you need to create desirability and suitability of your design to a consumer of some kind, and therefore whether you set the brief or the client does, you need to find the solution of creating something that someone else wants to consume.

The students were asked to:

‘Collect a range of 30-40 research images (these can be your own drawings or photographs, collage or a combination of all) of your own that observe and explore the following:

* Shapes * Textures * Colours * Atmosphere & mood * Touch & surface *

Be able to answer the following:

Why did you choose your subject and what did you found interesting and inspiring about it?

Once you went there what did you find out and observe?

Through your visual observations what did you find you liked about it and what ideas did it give to develop further?

What key elements have you identified as being important to inspire you?

From your observational research develop the following:

  • A colour palette you can work with * Textures you like * Shapes or patterns you can extract from it *
  • A mood or direction you can see it going into? Is it for menswear, womenswear or children? Is it dressy, contemporary, casual, sporty? Then develop your research into final fabrics and resolved garment or interior ideas that continue in this train of thought.’

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The students then presented their final fabrics, presentation boards, and a Powerpoint presentation at the end of the six week project to Sophie Steller, and to tutors in their subject areas, Jane Landau for Woven textiles, and Sarah Elwick, & Lisa Burn-Hunter for Knitwear. The work was generally of a very high standard overall, and Sophie was very impressed with the work produced by the students. She will select her four students for internships in due course.

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Well done to all involved. A great start to level two!

Industry Lecture this Thursday with Rottingdean Bazaar

The C&E Lecture this Thursday 24th November will be given by industry speakers James Theseus Buck and Luke Brooks. Since graduating from the MA Fashion Design Course at CSM they have work on collaborative projects and styling under the name Rottingdean Bazaar.

The talk will be 5-6pm in Lecture Theatre A. Make sure you don’t miss it!

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WSA Knitwear for Fashion Student Prize Winners at the Campaign for Wool Competition

Two Knitwear students, Zoe Lyne and Jessye Boulton won prize’s at the Campaign for Wool Student Hand Knit Competiton held at Artworkers Guild Hall in London during Wool Week.

The students responded to a competition brief created by Marie Wallin. Students were asked to design a series of fashion garments hand-knitted in 100% wool, or wool-rich, [more than 51% real wool] that displayed sculptural form using cabling and 3D knitting techniques in a palette which celebrated the colours of a British Autumn. Students were encouraged to incorporate other handcraft techniques such as crochet, macramé, tatting and felting. The brief asked for an exploration of scale as a means to create drama and complexity.

Sixteen final entries were judged during Wool Week by Marie Wallin, Bridgette Kelly of The Campaign for Wool Ltd, Wendy Barker ofKingston University and Polly Leonard, Founder and Editor of Selvedge Magazine who awarded a special prize to her overall preferred entry.

The second prize of £300 was awarded to Jessye Boulton from Winchester School of Art, another first-year undergraduate student. “Jessye’s design was a wonderful blend of multi-coloured yarns knitted into a collection bullion knots, creating a dramatic and eye-catching, almost carpet-like in its structure and very impressive as a garment.”

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Using the colours of Autumn as her starting point Jessye created a highly textured garment using Spring stitch to mimic the natural complexity of the forest floor and to celebrate the quality of the pure wool yarns she used.  Jessye secured yarn sponsorship from Cornish Organic Wool and LoveKnitting.com which enabled her to create a dense and luscious final piece.

A special award of a 3-year subscription to Selvedge Magazine was given to Zoe Lyne of Winchester School of Art. Polly Leonard, the editor of Selvedge Magazine was instantly drawn to this “dramatic design of a mass of crochet tubes worked into a very imaginative wearable neckpiece or collar.”

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Zoe was inspired by the notion of an organic shape engulfing the wearer for her design.  Imagining knitwear as an extension of the body Zoe constructed the garment to obscure the face with a series of sculptural tube-like forms that form the collar.

The garment was hand-knitted in natural undyed British and Merino wool specifically to subtly draw attention to the natural irregularities in the yarn. Constructing the sculptural collar in Dartmoor lambswool, supplied by Lily Warne Wool, was a nod to Zoe’s Devon heritage.

Congratulations to Jessye and Zoe!

Paid Atelier Internship at Celine / Deadline Monday!

London based fashion label Celine are looking for an Atelier Intern.

Main duties
• Be confident when tracing patterns and cutting fabric
• Develop the skill of flat pattern cutting from vintage and ready-made garments
• Improve speed of pattern cutting while still retaining quality
• Improve hand-sewing and machine-sewing skills
• Create test samples for designers
• Develop autonomy in preparing fusing sample tests for presentation to designers
• Ensure attention to detail when pressing and preparing garments for fittings
• Ensure quality when making final small alterations before fittings

Skills & Experience
Flat pattern cutting, draping & toiling, sewing, fabric development

This position is ideal for someone who would like:
• To develop knowledge and ability to work in a fast-paced high end luxury design house
• To practice and improve key technical skills in a working environment
• To develop teamwork and ability to work towards tight deadlines.

Salary – £18,000 per annum
Location – West End, London
Hours – 37.5 hours per week
Internship Length – 6 months
Closing date – November 07, 2016

For more details and to apply go here

Industry talk with milliner Noel Stewart – this Thursday!

This Thursday in LTA, the milliner Noel Stewart will be giving a talk about his practice. 5pm – not to be missed!

Noel Stewart is a London based milliner with international status. Taking inspiration from contemporary art and architecture he continually modernises millinery to creates a fresh and elegant approach to how we dress the head. Noels’ collections combine luxury materials and traditional craftsmanship with contemporary innovation.

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Since establishing his label Noel has designed hats for leading fashion designers including Roland MouretDieselRoksanda, ErdemHussein ChalayanRichard NicollJaegerMarc by Marc JacobsHolly Fulton, Sibling, Viktor & Rolf, Ryan Lo, Gareth Pugh, and JW Anderson. His continuing work with such designers reflects the relevance of his role in contemporary fashion.

Off the catwalk Noel Stewart has acquired a loyal fan-base. His hats have been worn by Keira Knightly, Lady GagaFlorence WelchKylie Minogue and Beth Ditto.

Now open at the Barbican – The Vulgar – Fashion Redefined

13 October 2016 – 5 February 2017

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Potent, provocative and sometimes shocking, the word vulgar conjures up strong images, ideas and feelings in us all. The Vulgar is the first exhibition to explore the inherently challenging but utterly compelling territory of taste in fashion, from the renaissance through to contemporary design. Examining the constantly evolving notion of vulgarity in fashion whilst revelling in its excesses, you are invited to think again about exactly what makes something vulgar and why it is such a sensitive and contested term.

Drawn from major public and private collections worldwide, The Vulgar showcases over 120 stunning objects, ranging from historical costumes to couture and ready-to-wear looks, with contributions from leading contemporary designers such as Walter van BeirendonckChloéChristian DiorPam HoggCharles JamesChristian LacroixLanvinMoschinoMiuccia PradaAgent ProvocateurElsa SchiaparelliPhilip TreacyUNDERCOVERViktor & RolfLouis Vuitton and Vivienne Westwood.

http://www.barbican.org.uk/artgallery/event-detail.asp?id=18736

Film Club – Wednesday 20th October – ‘Blow-Up’

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Antonioni’s cult classic ‘Blow-Up’ will be shown at this week’s Film Club.

Wednesday 20th October 2016

4pm – 6pm

Lecture Theatre B

Don’t miss it!

Blow-Up (1966) is writer/director Michelangelo Antonioni’s view of the world of mod fashion, and an engaging, provocative murder mystery that examines the existential nature of reality interpreted through photography (also painting and pantomime). It was set in mid-60s London, a locale fairly unfamiliar to the director, although well known at the time for its trends including the Beatles, stick-thin fashion model Twiggy, and the mod styles at Carnaby Street. This was Antonioni’s first film in English, and it quickly became one of the most important films of its decade, and it was his first international box-office success. It was also a milestone in liberalized attitudes toward film nudity and expressions of sexuality (reportedly the first British film to display full-frontal nudity).

Internship at Roksanda Sample Room

Roksanda Sampling team are looking for suitable interns to help with the making of the next main and pre-collections, you will get to experience all the stages of developing a major womenswear collection. Successful candidate will experience how the sampling department interacts with the design and production teams.
Suitable for applicants who are presently studying a fashion degree or on the placement year
Preferred internship duration is 3 – 6 months
A daily travel allowance of £10 is offered for this role
TASKS
  • Assisting product development team with toiling for fittings,
  • Liaison with pattern cutters and machinists,
  • Working alongside sample cutter;
  • Hand finishing final samples including embroidery,
  • Assisting with finishing trials,
  • Assisting at the photoshoot,
  • Backstage help during London Fashion Week
 SKILLS
  • Good knowledge of fabrics and garment construction,
  • Confident in hand/machine sewing,
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills,
  • Strong attention to detail,
  • Candidate would have a positive and enthusiastic attitude.
**** PLEASE SPECIFY THE DATES OF YOUR AVAILABILITY IN YOUR APPLICATION
To apply go here