First year Fashion Design students have been working on garments using denim over the past few weeks. Here is a selection of some work in progress.
During a series of drawing workshops over the past few weeks, first year students practiced drawing textures, forms and lines for fashion and textiles. Models were styled with a multitude of fabrics and accessories presenting various patterns, shapes and textures in order to inspire a wide use of drawing media and colour.
11 Printed Textile students from WSA have their work on display at an exhibition in London as part of London Design Festival. Students took part in the 6th Annual Wallpaper Competition run by CAMAC and the selected designs can be seen at the Dominion Theatre. Students showing are Tori McLean, Thea-Rose Maxted-Pettmann, Sarah Street, Rebecca Walton, Kat Walker, Ellice Soloman, Chloe Rutherford, Annabelle Jennings, Lucy Harris, Charlie Magnay and Alex Poyner. Leah Saunders, a first year student, also has her work on display as part of the 2nd Student Textile Challenge in response to the Warner Archive.
At the exhibition opening it was announced Lucy Harris would have her cushions on display at the Fashion Textile Museum Cafe, alongside Alex Poyner’s work which is already in situ there. Her entry was in response to the Artists’ Textiles: Warhol to Picasso exhibition at the Fashion and Textile Museum.
The CAMAC awards were presented at CAMAC 6th Annual Student Awards reception on Wednesday 17th September in London.
Sarah Street won a Work Placement Prize at Holden Décor for her Art Deco inspired wallpaper.
Chloe Rutherford won a Work Placement Prize at AVA CADCAMGROUP for her Art Deco wallpaper design.
Ellice Soloman won a Work Placement Prize at CWV Wall coverings for her Deco inspired designs based on transport.
Alex Poyner was awarded Joint 2nd Prize Winner of the Teapod Café Prize at the Fashion and Textile Museum where her wallpaper is on display.
On Saturday 19th October, the Victoria and Albert museum held its annual fashion festival, aimed at 16-24 year olds. Run by CreateVoice (the V and A’s young people collective), the day included a range of lectures, from portfolios and business start-up advice to interviews with high profile designers. The day also offered demonstrations , such as pattern cutting masterclasses and advice from industry professionals. There was a representative available from Savile Row, workshops on shoe design, fashion illustration and photography, as well as presentations on new fabrics.
The Victoria and Albert museum fashion curator Oriole Cullen spoke on the impressive organisation required to run the Fashion in Motion shows, which have featured designers such as Jenny Packham and Stephane Rolland in recent months.
It was also a great opportunity to hear about what students at the London colleges are doing, and it certainly revealed how competitive it is in the city. Recent graduates from the London College of Fashion forecast bleak futures for those wishing to join the industry- one felt that setting up your own design business was futile, but other graduates disagreed, despite assenting that earning the money to build up the initial business was extremely challenging. Alexis Housden revealed he was intending to overcome this hurdle by winning competitions and putting the prize money into his business. Maria Grachvogel advised us to ignore what is going on around you and only create what you want to create to enable you to set the trends, rather than follow them. Henry Holland told amusing anecdotes of his experiences so far as a designer, and said that “fun” was his biggest inspiration. Meanwhile, up and coming new designers, such as Mathew Miller and Agi & Sam spoke about the challenges they have faced in recent months. All spoke of having to use a different mindset when running your own fashion business, saying you spend perhaps only 10% of the time designing and 90% running the business side of it. The day was filled with a lot of useful information for anyone wanting to enter into the fashion industry, and celebrated the diversity of fashion opportunities in London.
In the weave workshop, the first group of level 1 students have learnt how to create their own fancy yarns. The workshop consisted of demonstrations of different techniques and the students have been doing some really experimental, colourful samples in the studio this week.
Very exciting weaves level one – we are looking forward to sharing more of your work soon.
This is a selection of the final samples produced by our level one textile weave student’s first project in woven textile design!
The students focused on EXPERIMENTATION, using a ‘scientific’ approach in order to create exciting, original and contemporary weaves as well as learning how to make warps and set up the looms.
First year, first project, fantastic results – the students are now hard at work producing weaves for ‘Material World’.
WSA level one knitwear students have just completes a project called “Future Fair Isle”. The students used our amazing Japanese Shima Seiki Knitting machines. All the patterns were digitally inputed by them of their own designs. They looked at our Knitting Reference Library and researched into historical Shetland Fairisle patterns, they then pimped them up to create a modern day fairisle patterned menswear sweater. They look FAB don’t you think?