This semester London and Shanghai based design studio F-W-S came in to work with the second year Printed Textiles students. The brief required the students to develop design ideas quickly and creatively using the print workshop as a place to generate ideas rather than just as a place to produced finished designs.
Tali Furman, creative director, and Alex Poyner, designer and WSA alumni, came in to give an all-day workshop at the beginning of the brief. The students then had to independently develop a large selection of design ideas and resolved outcomes for critical review, working in the ethos of the studio.
At critical review Tali Furman joined academic staff and to give feedback and select students for potential summer internships. At the end of the project Tali invited 4 students for interview – Cassie MacDonald, Aleks Lund, Vivian Ge and Paulina Nieduzak.
Tongtong Wang has recently completed the Printed Textiles pathway at WSA after joining us in Year 2 from Dalian, China. Her final collection has been much admired for it’s fun prints for Interiors. At the Degree Show she was awarded the Nancy Balfour Award for excellence.
Her collection focussed on “how to enjoy life and make ourselves better”, emphasising on sports and leisure activities and healthy eating. Her collection was intended to be amusing utilising her illustrative style combined with her fun abstract patterns. She was greatly influenced by the work of two photographers Muriel Bordier and Dean Bradshaw.
Tongtong hopes for a future career designing for interiors, utilising all she has learnt at WSA. Her work will be at New Designers next week alongside 15 other selected graduates from Textile Design.
Last week Sarah Macgregor, Design Director from Colefax and Fowler visited the exhibtion of wallpaper designed by Printed Textiles students and created in their second year. Melissa Ougham’s space inspired wallpaper caught Sarah Macgregor’s eye for it’s bold style and movement. Melissa won £200 and a selection of books. Congratulations!
WSA Printed Textiles students have an exhibition of mid-century inspired wallpapers on display in the westside foyer this week. On Friday 4th Sarah Macgregor, Design Director from Colefax and Fowler / Jane Churchill will be judging the work.
Wallpaper by Caitlin Dodridge
Wallpaper by Melissa Ougham
Wallpaper by Sophie Wood (left) & Charlotte Weaver (right)
Wallpaper by Charlotte Woollett
Megan Ferris, currently in her second year of studying Printed Textile Design has won a scarf competion with company Filthy Weather. Her ‘Welcome to Wonderland’ design will be produced as a limited edition silk scarf as well as receiving £400 as part of her prize.
Megan’s scarf design was inspired by the work of Hannah Hoch, the Tim Burton film and other artists such as Polly Morgan, Tim Walker and Ralph Steadman. The scarf focuses on the key characters from Alice in Wonderland, surrounded by famous quotes from the book and strange clocks. Colours were inspired by Salvador Dali’s illustrations using the contrast of bright and washed out shades. Elements of Megan’s own dreams also inspired some of the images in her design. The scarf celebrates the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland which takes place this year.
Liberty and Co. in the Fifties and Sixties
Thursday 14 January, 6–8pm
With Liberty archivist Anna Buruma
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
Caitlin Hinshelwood, Senior Teaching Fellow in Printed Textiles, silk scarves were featured in The Times style section last week. All her textiles are hand dyed and screen printed at her workshop in London.
Congratulations to recent Printed Textiles graduate, Lucy Harris for her new role as Print Design Trainee at McQ. Lucy is currently working on prints for both the Womenswear and Menswear RTW collections. Her role involves CAD design work, Colour ways, heat press and embroidery as well more administrative jobs.
Lucy’s final Womenswear Print collection inspired by raising awareness of conflict in Africa and the mis-use of their natural resources has won her much attention including a place as part of Texprint 2015 which she had to turn down for the role at Alexander McQueen.
Below image: Lucy Harris’ stand at New Designers
The Holly Fulton studio are looking for a skilled and enthusiastic intern to assist the team with digital print and artwork developments for the upcoming SS16 London Fashion Week show.
The candidate must be experienced in using Illustrator and Photoshop and have a very accurate eye. You must be a punctual and motivated individual and a professional attitude is essential. This role would be great for anyone with a graphics/illustration background who is looking to gain experience within the fashion industry.
Responsibilities will include;
• Assisting the print director with new digital developments.
• Scanning and copying artworks.
• Translating complex hand drawn designs into digital files using illustrator.
• Quality checking printed and embellished textiles.
• You will also be required to assist the rest of the team with general studio tasks during busy periods.
• There will also be an element of studio running within the role.
• Preparing materials for manufacturers.
• Attending the SS16 show and dressing backstage.
We are looking for someone who is available from mid July until the end of September. If you would like to apply please send a copy of your cv, along with a brief cover letter and examples of your work via the form here.
Thanks to all that came to the Fashion Show in London last night, it was fantastic.
Behind the scenes shot of Odella Yue’s collection, who won the fashion award. The textile prize went to Knitwear Designer Suzanna James.
Make sure you visit our stand at GFW to see selected portfolio’s from our Fashion and Textile Design students.
Saturday 30th May – Tuesday 2nd June
Truman Brewery, 1 Hanbury Street, London E1 6QR