Spinexpo, Paris 2018

Woven and Knitted textile design students all report having a truly inspirational and engaging experience at Spinexpo, Paris. Presenting their work, networking and supporting the Spinexpo team were just few things the students experienced. Here’s an edited selection of what the student’s thought.

Contributions from Amy Halley, Emily Johnson, Amy Osgood, Amber Davis and Aimee Dye

    

Spinexpo Paris, known for featuring cutting edge technologies and having the highest technical expertise, was a great way for us to exhibit our work professionally, understand how a show of this scale works and to see how designers work with spinners to showcase yarns and their versatility. It was also an extremely valuable experience to speak to different companies including yarn producers and garment manufacturers. For example, from Wanziman Hong Kong Limited we learnt about an interesting new technology which imitates woven patterns into knitted fabric to create a unique material which has qualities of both knit and weave.

Yarn suppliers also exhibited new technologies, combinations of fibres and innovations including eco-friendly products, tape yarns, metallic textures, woollen yarns and paper qualities; the sheer volume of possibilities was eye opening.

   

Each stand was exciting and enticing, each seller had many potential buyers viewing their sample racks. It is perhaps easiest to envisage the buyers as children visiting a sweet shop for the first time; completely animated and engrossed in the products.

The Spinexpo team were extremely kind and encouraging to us. They made us feel a part of the family and become involved in every aspect of the show. A most wonderful experience, which has been invaluable.

Level two knitwear students work selected to show in the trend area of Spin Expo in Shanghai in March as part of a live project with Sophie Steller Knitwear Studio

Level two Knitwear students have been involved in an exciting live project with Sophie Steller Knitwear Studio: http://www.sophiesteller.com/ working on designing directional and innovative knitted swatches promoting new yarns for the next season, for the trend area at Spin Expo, the worlds leading yarn and knitwear show, that takes place in Shanghai twice a year: http://www.spinexpo.com/ based around the main trend themes set by the Sophie Steller studio.
Vikki Jones fabric 1 Vikki Jones moodboard
Work by Vikki Jones.
We had two overall winners, Kate Taylor, and Vikki Jones, who have won £100 each and a paid internship at Sophie Steller Studio, and three other students, Ellie Way, Alice Hazel, and Sarah Levings, also had fabrics selected by the studio, which they will make up into sample garments to have on the stand at Spin Expo.
Ellie Way 1 Ellie Way moodboard
Work by Ellie Way
Sarah Levings
Work by Sarah Levings
Well done all students involved! A great achievement & the start of a great future collaboration for Winchester School of Art with an exciting knitwear studio!