Knitwear for Fashion alumni Victoria Jones featured on Not Just A Label’s ‘Black Sheep’

Graduate knitwear designer Victoria Jones has been showcased as part of Not Just A Label’s ‘Black Sheep’ feature. NJAL selects designers they feel are “especially innovative, pioneering and striking in their work.”

Victoria Jones NJAL feature

Her final womenswear collection Psychedelic Furs is focused around the question of ‘What is bad taste?’ Directed around 1970s playful interiors, the seventies is often described as the decade taste forgot. Victoria plays on the idea of ugliness and how individuals perceive it. William Eggleston, Larry Sultan and Stephen Shore are among the American photographers she took inspiration from as well as old home interior design books by Terrance Conrad.

From the imagery she has drawn on colour, texture and pattern and directed them into knits, using mohair and furry yarn to create interesting knitwear evocative of shag pile rugs and contrasting checks. Dying her own yarn and fabric has enabled her to create a vibrant contemporary colour palette that is balanced across the collection.

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WSA Alumni Hannah Robson graduates from the RCA

WSA Woven Textiles alumni Hannah Robson has just graduated from the Royal College of Art where she developed beautiful sculptural forms using a variety of textiles construction techniques.

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Congratulations Hannah and best of luck for the future.

Woven Textiles alumni Hannah Auerbach involved in new Tibor Reich Exhibition at the Whitworth

A major retrospective at the Whitworth, Manchester opens 29th January – August 2016 of the pioneering post-war textile designer Tibor Reich, who brought modernity into British textiles.


In 2015 Tibor Reich’s Grandson, Sam Reich, began the huge task of reviving his Grandfathers company, Tibor Ltd. WSA and RCA alumni Hannah Auerbach has been working as head of woven textiles exploring and resurrecting Tibor’s vast archive of designs. You can read more about her experience and process in an interview on The Weave Shed.

The exhibition follows Reich’s complex and multifaceted career as a designer that spanned over four decades. A wide range of his designs, sketchbooks and artworks will be on display.


Images and text copyright: Tibor Ltd.

Alumni Success for Printed Textile graduate Jennifer Varty

Jennifer Varty graduated from WSA in Printed Textile Design in 2014. After studying with us she went on to a year long internship in New York with Collection 18 after being interviewed at New Designers. Collection 18 is fashion accessory company specializing in scarves for designer brands and private label collections.

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Creative Director, Rachel Rowberry, was so impressed with Jennifer she has now been given a permanent role as Print Designer at the company.  She is now the primary
designer on the Saks and JCPenney accounts, for which she does the trend
research, design concepts and colouring, and work alongside members of the
sales team and buyers. She is currently preparing for Fall 2016 on the Collection 18 line, compiling trend and colour research for the new season, which she will have to present to the entire design team at our Fall Kick-Off meeting, before designing the collection.

Congratulations Jennifer!

Alumni Success for Printed Textiles Graduate Carmen Lever

Carmen Lever, who graduated from Printed Textiles at WSA in 2014, is now a Studio Designer at Osborne & Little in London.

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Carmen started interning at Osborne & Little in March last year, initially her role involved assisting the different teams in the studio, including the designers, graphics and production, with general studio tasks such as sending selected deigns and colourways off to suppliers to be produced and helping send purchase orders. During her time interning Carmen also started designing for Osborne & Little and helping colour wallpaper designs. After interning for 3 months Carmen was offered a permanent design role.

She is currently working on the next collection collaborating with Matthew Williamson, launching in September 2016. She is still putting her drawing and painting skills to good use in developing designs, alongside CAD processes.

Congratulations Carmen!

Fashion Design Graduate Naomi Hatherley wins Street Style Fashion Show

2014 Fashion Design graduates Naomi Hatherley and Hannah Inskip were shortlisted to show their collections at a Street Style Fashion Show in London for the company Otterbox. Only five students across the country were selected. Naomi won the overall prize of £1000. 

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Photographs by Charlie Davis.

Congratulations Naomi!

Printed Textiles Graduate Michelle Tonta starts her MA at Chelsea

Recent graduate Michelle Tonta has gone on to further study at Chelsea College of Art on the MA Textile Design. As part of the one year course she hopes to research re-using scrap metal and integrating this into screen printing and digital design for fashion.

Since graduating Michelle has also been selling some of her degree show collection through Lacuna Press. 

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WSA graduate featured in the latest issue of Carnival Magazine

Fashion Design graduate Lucy Baxter’s graduate collection is beautifully captured in the latest edition of the new fashion photography magazine Carnival.

The shoot was born out of a portfolio collaboration between Lucy and the photographer Tom Hill. This is a great example of how building up a network of creatives to work with can lead to further promotion of your work.

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WSA Staff and Students at Indigo, Premiere Vision, Paris

Senior Teaching Fellow in Printed Textiles, Sarah Cheyne, was at Indigo earlier this month where her studio Johnson Cheyne was exhibiting. The design show is part of Premiere Vision, Paris and attracts thousands of visitors over 3 days in September and February.

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Sarah has been running Johnson Cheyne for 5 years. The studio produces and sells printed and embroidered designs for the fashion and interiors market. During a busy week Sarah showed designs for Autumn Winter 15/16 to clients from Europe, America and Asia who flocked to Paris for the biggest fashion fabric event of the season.



This year, two of our recent graduates were fortunate to have a stand after being selected as finalists for Texprint 2014. Both Frieda Peppercorn (Printed Textiles) and Jonny Wadland (Knitwear for Fashion) enjoyed attention at the show with the opportunity to sell swatches and make industry contacts.

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WSA Graduate Success for Jennifer Varty

Recent printed textiles graduate, Jennifer Varty, sets off for New York next week to start her year long internship at Collection 18 where she will be designing prints for womenswear accessories across a range of designer brands.

Jennifer was interviewed for the post at New Designers by creative director, Rachel Rowberry, an ex-Winchester School of Art graduate herself. Her final collection, inspired by mountaineering, and comprised of finely illustrated and textural prints and a sophisticated colour palette drew the attention of many visitors at both the WSA degree show and New Designers.

Jennifer Varty FMP Collection

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#Congratulations Jennifer