Print Design Student Ellie Bennewith’s placement experience

Printed Textiles Student Ellie Bennewith offers us an insight into the experience she gained through the Industry Placement Module.

During my second year I was exposed to multitude of exciting roles within the textile industry. Two roles that I’ve explored within printed textiles were working with the team at Fairbairn and Wolf Studio (FWS) and designing in-house for a week with Blendworth Interiors.


I really enjoyed my time at FWS (a freelance studio based in Peckham) not only did I learn a lot about the industry but I learnt what it’s like to be part of a design team and create relationships with other designers. My week at Blendworth Interiors was a completely different atmosphere because fashion is much faster than interiors. The pace was much slower, which, allowed designers to have more time to consider and create stories for each of their designs. I think I preferred the faster pace as FWS, it was ‘mental’ at times but I left the studio proud of what I had achieved. This has really helped me to discover which area of the textile industry I would like to go into. I think, before my placement, I was definitely leaning towards interiors but now I like the intensity of the fashion industry.

This experience has been invaluable to my development as a designer. On reflection, I have developed key skills that will make me more employable, such as, improving my CAD skills and developing a commercial hand on screen and paper. I built on my transferrable skills as I listened to feedback to improve my independent work but also experienced what it is like to work within a design team – an experience which cannot be replicated at university.

I’ve been exposed to experiences that can only happen on placement, like the preparation for tradeshows and getting to assist a client. Through working with FWS I’ve become more aware of culture impacting the concept of taste, as a result it has forced me to work out of my comfort zone and develop an awareness of how the textile industry works on a global scale.  This will have a significant impact on my studies when I enter my third year as I will recognise and be able to produce a cohesive collection demonstrating a variety of skills.

Before I started my placement, I had my reservations, I was afraid to start in a new environment with completely new people. But the experience was far better than I expected, I loved doing the Placement Module. After being in education all my life, it was a fantastic opportunity to try something different and have a taste of what life could be like after I graduate. For such a long time I convinced myself that all I wanted to do, once I left education, is travel around the world before the stress of getting a job. Since my placement, my opinion changed, the prospect of getting a job in an industry that I love is more exciting than travelling. Something I never thought I would say!!

Calling Weavers! The Cockpit Arts / Clothworkers Foundation Award 2016

About the Award:

Applications are invited for the Cockpit Arts / The Clothworkers Foundation Awards 2016. The Awards are only open to weavers who have graduated within the last 5 years.  

The Awards aim to assist emerging weavers each year to set up in business by providing studio space and business support provided by Cockpit Arts as well as shared use of looms. The selection panel, including the acclaimed ikat weaver and designer Mary Restieaux, and a representative of The Clothworkers Foundation, will be looking for up to three individuals who demonstrate entrepreneurial spirit as well as creative excellence and craft skills. The Award contributes to the cost of a place at Cockpit for one year from July 2016 and will include a space in a shared studio equipped with 3 looms, Leclerc and Louet, and the following benefits:

  • Studio space and use of looms within the creative community of Cockpit Arts at Deptford, London, SE8 with access to office facilities and resource centre.
  • Business and professional development services including on-site coaching, a personalised development plan, workshops and seminars.
  • A range of selling and promotional opportunities including Cockpit Arts Open Studios selling events twice a year.
  • Award worth 2,000 with the remaining 2,000 fee being provided by the Award winners, payable on a monthly basis.

How to Apply:

  •  Please request a Clothworkers Award application pack from
  •  Deadline for receipt of applications is 5pm Friday 27 May 2016
  •  Interviews with shortlisted applicants will be held on Monday 6 June 2016
  •  Winners will be expected to take part in our Awardee Induction Day on Wednesday 13 July and move into Cockpit Arts Deptford no later than 1 September 2016

Submit your Fashion Illustrations to SHOWstudio

Love our fashion illustrations? You can now illustrate for us too.


SHOWstudio continually champions fashion illustration as an art form. Every season, SHOWstudio commissions new artists and illustrators to interpret the collections of key designers in New York, London, Milan and Paris, in original artworks. Working with both acclaimed and emerging illustrators, SHOWstudio continually seeks to offer a platform for fashion illustrators to showcase their work.

Fashion illustrations have become a prominent component of SHOWstudio’s collections coverage, as well as featuring in projects such as Illustrating McQueen and A Beautiful Darkness.

Submissions by fashion illustrators are encouraged and will be considered on an individual basis. Please contact us on or via the form here

Knitwear Production Assistant opportunity in London

CHELACHE is a small knitwear label based in Hackney, London.

We design, make and sell knitted fashion accessories for men and women. Everything is done in house, from design and sampling to production and finishing. At the moment we mainly retail our products direct to the public, via our website and at design markets and sales shows, but we are looking to develop the wholesale side of the business.

Main duties

Production of knitted accessories on Dubied flat bed knitting machines.
Assisting at design shows and sales shows (both retail and trade).

Skills & Experience

Interns will be expected to assist in potentially all areas of the business and so learning opportunities will be broad and varied. I’m always eager to share knowledge and can help interns to not only develop their technical skills but also their understanding of other areas of the business if they show an interest (sales, marketing, design, pricing etc.).

Who would benefit?

A knitted textile student or graduate with an understanding of how knitting machines work would be ideal. Experience with Dubied industrial knitting machines in particular is a definite bonus. An interest in or knowledge of fashion is not necessary, but a passion for knitting is.

Interns should be willing to perform a broad and varied ranges of tasks.
More important than the technical knowledge and skills they already possess is the eagerness to learn and expand on those skills during their time here.

There is the possibility down the line to increase hours and or take a formal job role if mutually agreeable.

£7.00 per hour

2 days per week (16 hours) one of which can be a weekend day.

Internship Length
Minimum 5 months

Closing date
August 17, 2015

For more information and to apply go here

WSA hosts the SDC Competition Regional Finals

WSA hosts the SDC West of England/South Wales regional finals for their 2015 International Competition. 18 students from the region and from a range of universities presented their work to a panel of judges.

SDC regional finals

Theme for 2015: Buy Less, Choose Well

Buy less. Choose well. Make it last. Quality not quantity. Everybody is buying far too many clothes.” Dame Vivienne Westwood

First launched in 2002, the SDC International Design Competition is an annual flagship competition, open to students in 13 countries.  The competition attracts hundreds of entries worldwide, and previous winners have gone on to major success in the fashion and textile industry.

Competition Brief

To demonstrate the creative, imaginative and original use of colour in either fashion or textiles

All entries should show evidence of the following:

  • colour as an integral component of the design process
  • development of the designs, from concept to final product
  • excellent presentation and clarity of ideas
  • innovative approach to incorporating this year’s theme of ‘Buy less, choose well’ within the original design and final application.

The judges will assign marks in each of these categories. In most instances, students will be invited to bring their boards, written statements and a finished garment or article to the regional heats.

Two final year students from Printed Textiles were representing WSA, Chloe Rutherford and Thea Maxted-Petmann who both presented boards and final fabrics to support their entries. Congratulations to Thea for being awarded the runner-up position!

Chloe SDC Entry Thea SDC Entry

Fashion Studio Internship with Vita Gottlieb

Vita Gottlieb is an emerging independent womenswear brand focusing on print and textile manipulation. A Fashion Fringe Finalist 2012, the label is gaining considerable press attention and will be showing at Fashion Scout for SS15. We are looking for creative, willing and enthusiastic individuals to work closely with the small team in the Vita Gottlieb Studio. Working on developing the SS15 collection, internships will consist of varied tasks, but generally you could expect to be involved in:

• Basic pattern-cutting, alterations and tracing out
• Cutting and sewing toiles
• Textile development and experimenting with techniques
• Sample development
• Assistance on photo-shoots, look books and film campaigns.
• Studio admin and research
• Technical drawings – experience with Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign preferred.
• Running general errands – fabrics, trims, deliveries, etc.

The placements would be best suited to a student who is at least a second year level or graduate of a relevant fashion related course, who excels in the technical aspects of fashion, is accurate and highly motivated, able to undertake tasks on their own initiative. Guidance and learning is provided making this a great opportunity to gain knowledge and experience direct from the designer, and see how a collection is built in a small company. A good knowledge of construction and pattern-cutting would be an advantage,however basic understanding of these skills will be considered.

Starting immediately, there are both full time and part time positions available, with a variety of key areas of focus. The student would gain the most from a minimum of 4 weeks and the internships would end just after Paris Showrooms in early October (flexible).

Please send your current CV, any relevant examples of your work or portfolio PDF, and ideal availability via the form here.

For more information about the label, please see

Knitwear Internship available in London

A knitwear supplier to high street companies such as Urban Outfitters, River Island and Topshop is looking for interns.

We are looking for an intern to join us at our office in Kentish Town London. Daily tasks would include knitting swatches, mood boards, checking in all new samples and general office jobs. We are a small team so the candidate would get to see everything from initial designs to first samples and production. 

The ideal candidate would apply to the following:
• Team player
• Able to spec/measure garments
• Daily admin
• Booking in samples
• Photographing samples
• Good technical knowledge of domestic & industrial knitting machine
• Eye for colour and layout
• Able to use photoshop & illustrator

We are looking for someone to start as soon as possible for a 6 week period. Travel with in London can be paid for. Please send CV and a couple of images of work (under 5mb) via the link here.

Hand Weaving Internship with Faustine Steinmetz

London based Faustine Steinmetz are currently searching for interns to join their small team.

We are looking for enthusiastic people who are experienced in Hand Weaving to come and be a part of our team. Your role may vary from day to day and there is a great opportunity to gain experience in other areas but your main tasks will be:
• Weaving New Samples
• Overseeing Weaving Production
• Overseeing Weaving Quality

During the Internship, you will be looking to gain a sense of responsibility within professional practice, what it takes to set up a fashion label.

The ideal candidate must be:
• Self motivated.
• Capable of using initiative.
• Have a keen interest in fashion.
• Like the work that we do.
• Want to contribute something to the brand

Applications Must Include:
• Your CV & Portfolio in PDF format
• The date you are available to begin your internship.
• The date you are available to intern until.

Key Skills:
• Pattern Cutting
• Adobe CS6

Visit to apply

Printed Textiles student and designer Frieda Peppercorn’s work was featured during Winchester Fashion Week.

Justice Introducing: Frieda Peppercorn 
While Justice are proud to showcase the work of the best Jewellery Designers that Britain has to offer in the likes of Sophie Harley, Shaun Leane and Stephen Webster, we’re also thrilled to be able to provide a platform for new talent emerging into the design world and Winchester Fashion Week 2014 provided the perfect opportunity to do just that…


…we love the unique and inspirational so we were naturally drawn to the work of super talent, Frieda Peppercorn and the opportunity arose to promote this talented designer through our partnership with Winchester Fashion Week.

Frieda Peppercorn_Designs

(Justice) What made you want to become a Textile Designer?

I have always loved working with fabrics I used to make dresses for my dolls when I was little. I love to make things, and there is something special that happens when you apply a drawing onto fabric, it gives it a whole new dimension, which I find really exciting. I have a very hands on approach, I love to get my hands dirty, the days I spend screen printing in the studio are my happiest.

(Justice) What do you find inspiration in?

My work has an illustrative style; I like my prints to tell a story. I suppose I like to draw objects that have a story behind them or things that evoke memories of the past; the simplest thing can be made beautiful through a drawing.

(Justice) Who is your favourite fashion inspiration?

I love the work of Stella Jean, her clothes are so outrageous and I love the way she combines her amazing prints in her outfits.

(Justice) Who in history would you have designed/ printed textiles for?

I think I would have liked to be designing at the time of Lucienne Day and Marian Miller, the post war textiles were so exciting and revolutionary I think it was a really exciting time for textile design.

(Justice) Which celebrity would you most like to see wearing your designs?

Florence Welch (Florence and the Machine), I love her style and her music.

(Justice) What’s your favourite song/ soundtrack to listen to while you’re printing?

I love Bastille’s album at the moment, but if I want something a bit more chilled out, Ben Howard is my fave.

(Justice) Are there any connections between your work and Jewellery Design?

I think that all designers like myself and those who create the beautiful jewellery at Justice definitely do have a connection, creative people have a lot in common, no matter what media they use to illustrate their creativity. I think that hand made unique items are very special and it is important to support independent designers.

(Justice) Are there any ‘Justice’ designers that particularly resonate with your work?

I love Sophie Harley’s work each piece has a unique hand crafted quality. I like to think that my work does the same, screen-printing is very hands on, and the imperfections that it creates are what makes it beautiful, every piece is unique.

(Justice) What made you want to be involved with Winchester Fashion Week?

I thought it was the perfect platform for me to promote my work, I think it’s great that local businesses are collaborating with local design students.

(Justice) What does it mean to you to be involved in this project?

This is really exciting to be promoted by Justice, I think it is fantastic that they support British design.

(Justice) You study at Winchester School of Art- any top tips for your favourite hang outs/ shopping trips?

My favourite place for coffee is ‘Chococo’, their chocolate is divine and it’s definitely the best coffee I have had in town.

One of the best shops is hidden away around the back of Sainsbury’s, it’s called ‘Fab Vintage’ and I have picked up many beautiful vintage bargains there.

(Justice) You finish studying this year, what are your plans and career aspirations?

Screen printing is my passion, whether I find a job that allows me to do what I love, or I set up on my own, as long as I’m printing I’ll be happy. 


This is an edited version of the piece written by: Jules Fuller on Google+, 27/03/2014 Winchester Fashion Week 2014: Justice Introducing- Frieda Peppercorn