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

WSA Fashion Shows Next Tuesday 17th!

WSA GRADUATE FASHION SHOWS 17 MAY 2016
14.00 Fashion Show 1
17.00 Fashion Show 2
18.00 After Show Drinks, Portfolio Review & Meet the Designers
Please RSVP to wsa.ftd@gmail.com
WSA Fashion Show invite 2016

WSA Work-in-Progress Fashion Show Tomorrow 5pm

Come and see our Fashion and Knitwear students Work-in-Progress fashion show!

W.I.P Fashion Show

 

Liberty and Co. Talk at the Fashion and Textiles Museum

Liberty and Co. in the Fifties and Sixties

Thursday 14 January, 6–8pm

With Liberty archivist Anna Buruma

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Hear the history of the world-famous London style and design institution Liberty and Co. during the 1950s and 1960s from Liberty archivist and expert Anna Buruma.

Accompanied by rare illustrations from the Liberty archive, Anna Buruma will document how Liberty learned from its mistakes and, indeed, successes to remain one of London’s most revered retailers for over 140 years.

The event starts at 6pm with a glass of wine in the Museum foyer; the talk follows at 6.15pm for 6.30pm in the Fashion Studio and lasts for approximately one hour including the chance to ask questions at the end. It is followed by a book signing. Ticket includes admission to LIBERTY IN FASHION exhibition and guests are welcome to view the exhibition before or after the event.

Anna Buruma is the author of ‘Liberty and Co. in the Fifties and Sixties’. She works as a freelance researcher and has been the archivist at Liberty since 1995 and curator at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design since 2005.

Price £15 / £12 students includes a complimentary drink and exhibition entry.

For more information and to book online go here

 

WSA Graduate Fashion Show Next Week!

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Showcasing 49 Womenswear, Menswear and Knitwear students across the two shows.

‘The Art of Collaboration’ Event

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The Art of Collaboration – how to make it work for you

‘The Art of Collaboration’ is an interactive talk focussing on creative collaborations, achieving the most out of working with others, tips on meeting and working with others plus lots more.

This will be followed by a Q&A with panelists from a variety of different industries including Fashion, Film & Design.

The evening will end with a cross-sector networking session accompanied by drinks and music.

The #meetups are brought to you by  Shooting beauty and Today Tomorrow. Sponsored by UK FASHION INTERN

London Meet Ups are FREE to attend sign up to the event HERE

Shooting Beauty members can email enquiries@shootingbeauty.co.uk with their name.

Congratulations to all Fashion & Textile Student Graduates 2014

Highlights from Fashion & Textile Student Graduation Day 2014FTD_Grad_2014

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WSA level two student selected for JustFashion Competition sponsored by LEVI STRAUSS CO and supported by Katharine Hamnett

Nobody buys clothes out of pity,” says Katharine Hamnett, the fashion designer, appraising an outfit made by a student with ethical principles in mind. “People buy clothes they want to wear.

“They can’t look sustainable … sustainability is something you’ve got to sneak underneath.”

hay_fashion_2927402bHamnett is giving critical advice to budding designers in the final hours of a five-day workshop at the Hay Festival, during which fashion students have worked to create outfits with a focus on ethical production. A wide-ranging term, “ethical” used here means consideration of environmental factors, sustainability, animal welfare, traceability, fair wages and working conditions for manufacturers to name a few.

The Just Fashion Workshop is a joint project between the Hay Festival and the Environmental Justice Foundation, supported by Levi Strauss & Co and London College of Fashion’s Centre for Sustainable Fashion.

Ten students were chosen to spend a week working with sustainable fashion experts Martina Spetlova and Jessica Mor, before presenting their work on stage at the last weekend of the Hay Festival.

Chloé is a second-year student at Falmouth University who would love to have her own flock of sheep to produce her own wool. At the workshop site, just outside Hay-on-Wye, she has put in a week’s worth of long hours to create her ensemble. One of her main fashion influences is Stella McCartney. “What I like about Stella is that it’s sustainable, and she doesn’t scream and shout about her ideas of animal welfare … she just says it should be the norm, and I like that. It’s just done.”

Chloé’s approach is different from the one taken by her fellow (Winchester School of Art) student Filipa Castilho, who is developing a new way to recycle denim. There are already organisations that break down old clothing into reusable fibres, but Filipa points out that this process is time- and energy-consuming. To shorten the recycling process, she has cut old pairs of jeans into strips, woven into the back of a new denim shirt-dress.

“Sustainability in fashion is not only about organic fibres or recycling garments,” she says. “There are many different ways to help solve a big problem. This workshop is a good opportunity to bring different approaches to the situation together, and find different perspectives on what can help.

“It’s been really lovely. I usually think a lot about equality, politics and human rights, and usually I don’t take any action. But the conversations we’ve had here made me think that even if I’m only one person, and I can’t solve the problem, if I take some action I can help in a small part – and actually do something instead of just being theoretical. If my idea was implemented in mass production, it could help a lot.”

The students had their designs modelled on stage at the Hay Festival as part of a discussion about the future of sustainable fashion with Katharine Hamnett and Dilys Williams.

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To read the full article: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/hay-festival/10867069/Ethical-fashion-any-colour-as-long-as-its-green.html?fb

WSA at Texprint 2014

Two of our graduating students have been selected to be part of Texprint 2014. Frieda Peppercorn (Printed Textiles) and Jonny Wadland (Knit for Fashion) were chosen from over 200 students from across the UK including MA courses to make the final 24 graduates supported by the programme.

Frieda Peppercorn Frieda Peppercorn Texprint Stand Frieda and Jonny are currently exhibiting their work in London as part of First View, held at Chelsea College of Art before Texprint take them to Indigo in September to showcase their work to an international audience at Premier Vision, Paris.

Jonny Wadland Jonny Wadland Texprint StandJonny Wadland has also been shortlisted for the Body Prize, awarded for the best fashion fabric design in any discipline, with the results to be announced in Paris.

Texprint is a not-for-profit organization designed to support and mentor the best graduating textile designers each year, “enabling them to meet the global market and present their work in professional and international venues.”

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WSA @New Designers 2014

Come and see are fantastic textile graduates @New Designers, London 2014

Thursday Late 26 June: 10am-8pm
Friday 27 June: 10am-6pm
Saturday 28 June: 10am-5.30pm

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