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.”
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 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.
Congratulations Hannah and best of luck for the future.
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.
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.
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.
Carmen Lever, who graduated from Printed Textiles at WSA in 2014, is now a Studio Designer at Osborne & Little in London.
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.
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.
Photographs by Charlie Davis.