Texprint Award 2017

Many congratulations to Printed Textiles graduate Helen Loft who was awarded Texprint for 2017.

Helen is one of just 24 winners who will have the opportunity to be mentored and was selected from a panel of judges who receive applications from over 200 graduates from BA and MA courses from across the country.

“Texprint provides exceptional access to the best of British textile design talent – connecting industry to selected graduate designers”

Helen was able to showcase her work to invited industry guests last week and will have the opportunity to present her work at Premier Vision in Paris in September.



Nancy Balfour Award Winners

Many congratulations to the 3 recipients of the Nancy Balfour Award at last week’s Degree Show Opening:

Fashion Design graduate Curtis Wu.

Knitwear for Fashion graduate Isabel Worth.

Printed Textiles graduate Helen Loft.

If you want to see their work or the work of all of our graduates, the show is open til Friday 23rd June. For more details:


(Top to Bottom: Curtis Wu, Isabel Worth and Helen Loft)

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Fashion Design Graduate Hannah Price featured on Not Just A Label

Congratulations to Fashion Design Graduate Hannah Price  on being selected by ‘Not Just A Label‘ as a Black Sheep, one of their up and coming designers to keep an eye on.

See more of Hannah’s graduate collection from NJAL HERE.

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Graduate Show London 2017

This year the London Press Show was held at the Vinyl Factory, where 15 graduating students from Fashion Design and Knitwear Design for Fashion were selected by a panel of judges from the Winchester show to go forward.

Congratulations to:

Sophie Lightowlers, Isabel Worth, Hannah Price, Hannah Brabon, Fangyun Qi, Madge Cao, Serenity Wang, Rella Wang, Wency Wen, Jhonis Zipagan, Nida Zhang, Dorothy Deng, Joao Pena Monteiro, Yu Jiang & Curtis Wu.

For being selected and showing their impressive Final Collections to Press and industry.

Womenswear designer Curtis Wu was awarded the Fashion Direction Award and Womenswear Knitwear designer Hannah Brabon was awarded the Textiles Direction Award.

Congratulations Curtis and Hannah!

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Hannah Brabon – Womenswear Knitwear. Winner of Textiles Direction Award.

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Knitwear for Fashion graduate Hannah Brabon featured on Not Just a Label

WSA final year Knitwear for Fashion student Hannah Brabon has been featured on Not Just a Label as part of their Black Sheep round up, highlighting new creative talents.

Hannah Brabon Graduae Collection

You can read the full article here https://www.notjustalabel.com/designer/hannah-brabon

Congratulations Hannah!

Knitwear student, Hannah Brabon awarded prize from The Worshipful Company of Framework Knitters

Final year knitwear student, Hannah Brabon was recently awarded the HATRA Bursary of £2500 by The Worshipful Company of Framework Knitters. 
After being interviewed by a panel of judges; presenting work and answering technical questions, she was selected as one of 14 winners in the country. As well as the bursary Hannah is being mentored by Peter White who visited recently to see how her work is progressing and give business and interview/portfolio advice.
Hannah’s graduate collection focusses on the detrimental impacts that the textiles industry has on the environment looking specifically at images of water polluted by dye and ink waste, as well as how this effects the surrounding communities. Her colour palette has developed from own photographs of landscapes ranging from acid washed denim to dark indigo tones of blue, as well as hints of pinks, lavender purple and mint green. The textural qualities of natural forms such as water and mountains inspired the sense of pattern, line and shape throughout the fabrics.

Hannah Brabon Portfolio page

Hannah aim to create a luxury sportswear inspired women’s knitwear collection of outfits that are innovative and forward thinking, using denim fabrics and yarns in combination with other sustainable and high quality materials in order to create a highly technical, luxury fabrics. She hopes to promote the concept of slow fashion and aims to have a low impact on the environment.

To continue the idea of clothing with a long life, Hannah initially focused on using pre-loved denim and transforming it into something new and innovative. “I am interested in the history of denim and am inspired by how denim has been a part of the lives of so many people; from a vast array of sub-cultures and classes in societies throughout the centuries. From ancient Japanese Boro textiles to present day casual wear, I am fascinated by the stories behind the clothing that people wear.”

Hannah Brabon swatches

Hannah has used many knitting techniques on a wide range of machinery; these include domestic, Dubied and Shima Seiki knitting machines across a variety of gauges, exploring intarsia, e-wrapping, weaving in, pleating and ribbing. She has also embraced hand dyeing and machine embroidery, in order to add a further depth and dimension to the fabrics. Developing on from the idea of water and preserving the landscape, she uses heat pressing techniques with plastics, resulting in a waterproofed effect.The use of heat pressing techniques with plastics, resulting in a waterproofed effect, encapsulate the idea of water and preserving the landscape.

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Lecture with knitwear designer and consultant Sophie Steller tonight!

Tonight’s C&E Lecture 17.00-18.00 in Westside Lecture Theatre presents Sophie Steller, Knitwear Designer and Consultant, http://www.sophiesteller.com/  talking about her experiences working with the Fashion & Textiles Industry.

Sophie Steller Design Studio
Sophie will talk about preparing a portfolio, professional profiling and what the industry is looking for in students and graduates.