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

Textile Designer Job at Stephen Walters

Stephen Walters are silk weavers designing and producing fabric for international luxury brands. We have built our reputation as design leaders working exclusively with fashion houses across the world. We are recruiting for the following position to join our highly regarded design team:

Textile Designer to work within our creative design team producing CAD representations of our jacquard designs.

The design work is extremely varied and covers a broad range of fabrics from men’s neckwear to contemporary womenswear and furnishings.

We are looking for a designer with good artistic ability and drawing skills, a sensitivity to colour, a diversity of styles and attention to detail. An understanding of CAD systems would be beneficial but not essential, as full training will be given to the successful applicant. Our design team is currently made up of trained designers from a variety of disciplines such as print, surface pattern and weave. We would like to hear from anyone who is qualified in similar areas.

Hours of work: 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday (40 hours)
Location: Sudbury, Suffolk
Salary: Depending on experience

Closing date for applications 26.02.16

Please email your CV with a covering letter to Katherine Winterton via the form here.

The Woven Textiles department welcomes the New Jacquard Controller

The weave department are really excited to announce the arrival of the new digital Controller for the Jacquard loom. The digital information will now by transmitted directly from the computer to the loom. Goodbye floppy disks!
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Two Textile Designer Posts at Stephen Walters & Sons Ltd

Stephen Walters are silk weavers designing and producing fabric for international luxury brands. They have built their reputation as design leaders working exclusively with fashion houses across the world.

They are recruiting for the following two positions to join their highly regarded design team:

  • Textile Designer to work within their technical design team producing designs using their jacquard software.
  • Textile Designer to work within their creative design team producing CAD representations of their jacquard designs.

The design work is extremely varied and covers a broad range of fabrics from men’s neckwear to contemporary womenswear and furnishings.

They are looking for two designers with good artistic ability and drawing skills, a sensitivity to colour, a diversity of styles and attention to detail. An understanding of CAD systems would be beneficial but not essential, as full training will be given to the successful applicant.

Their design team is currently made up of trained designers from a variety of disciplines such as print, surface pattern and weave. They would like to hear from anyone who is qualified in similar areas.

Closing date for applications 26.06.15

Please email your CV with a covering letter to
Katherine Winterton: katherinew@stephenwalters.co.uk

Textile Designer for Jacquard Weaves Job with John Lewis

Herbert Parkinson Ltd is situated in Darwen, North West Lancashire. Established in 1935 as a weaver of jacquard furnishing fabrics, it was acquired by the John Lewis Partnership in 1953 to provide an exclusive range of soft furnishing products.

We’re currently recruiting for a Textile Designer to join our team. If successful after applying, you will work from the interpretation of a customer’s art work into weave qualities and to engineer these qualities to meet the performance criteria and target price point.

You would also be responsible for creating original art work for jacquard qualities in line with collections and current trends, while extending and updating design and quality portfolio to show case to customers.

As a Partner in this team, you will support when necessary in liaisons with the production team for sampling requirements and assist to keep sampling to a minimum. Every day is different and you’ll face new exciting challenges when assisting the design team in their day to day work load.

This is a 12 month fixed-term contract, with a view to securing a permanent position based on your performance and progression.

Skills Required:

  • BA textile design qualification or similar qualification if possible with experience in textile weave design
  • Knowledge of fabric structures both Jacquard and Dobby, with relevance to furnishing fabrics
  • Ability to create original art work for jacquard qualities
  • Some understanding of textile machinery and jacquard harness ties
  • Must be computer literate with CAD software, preferably with Ned Graphics and Illustrator.

Closing date: 21 September 2014. To apply go here