2018 Fashion and Sustainability Forum

Join the conversation and let’s consider how we can change the future for the better. Don’t wait for someone else to solve the problem – respond to the challenge and become the expert.

This event is open to staff and students of Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton and selected guests and visitors. Tickets are free and the event is all day, so drop in to see one speaker, or stay all day. Availability of seating may be limited at some of the talks.

‘There are three things we touch upon every day that greatly impact the world around us: fuel (energy), food, and fashion. The first two are now wholeheartedly studied and worked upon. It is now fashion’s turn to inform and dazzle us with what is possible, to provide the moral imperative to change every aspect of producing and purchasing our second skin.’ (Paul Hawken)

The MA Fashion Design and Textile Design Interim Exhibition opens on the same day, showcasing our MA students’ work in progress, highlighting non-waste, zero-waste pattern cutting and sustainable design.

Agenda for the day:

11.00 – Start of the forum

11.05 – Julian Payne, Creative Director of De La Rue – and designer of the Jane Austen bank note! Talking about cash.

11.45 – Sarah Klymkiw, educator, researcher and campaigner from TRAID – Can We Fix Our Reationship with Clothes?

12.30 – Zoe Olivia John, lecturer, researcher and co-founder of Engage by Design, presenting her Strategies for Sustainable Fashion and Textile Design.

13.15 – Lunch

14.15 – Sarah Hellen, menswear designer, lecturer and researcher. Talking about her collaborations with local, independent, sustainable businesses in Wales.

15.00 – Katie Jones, knitwear designer mixing playful aesthetics with serious ethics. Talking about the two sides of sustainable fashion that relate to her brand.

15.45 – Catherine Weetman, Director of Re-think Solutions, and author of A Circular Economy Handbook for Business and Supply Chains. Talking about fast fashion and the circular economy.

16.30 – Kate Langham, lecturer and researcher, and formally Creative Director of Interface, recognised as one of the most sustainable businesses worldwide.. Talking about Interface’s global rebranding project and the development of Mission Zero.

17.15 – Charty Durrant, ex fashion editor of Vogue, The Sunday Times, and Fashion Consultant and Ethical Fashion Expert, ending the day with a call to arms, offering some groundbreaking new solutions for fashioning the future.

18.00 – 20.00 Drinks, networking and Private View for the MA Interim Exhibition. All welcome.


The Workers at Standpoint Gallery, London

Printed Textile Design tutor Caitlin Hinshelwood is showing some new large scale textile pieces as part of the group show ‘The Workers’ at Standpoint Gallery, London.


Successful artists have always employed studio assistants, their contribution glossed over in the narratives surrounding the artworks. ‘The Workers’ interleaves pieces by five artists who have been Susan Collis’s long-term studio assistants, together with some new drawings by Collis.

Alongside their making for Collis, all of the selected artists are art practitioners in their own rights. They tend to share an affinity with her way of working, but at the same time, their diverse backgrounds and approaches to art-making have contributed to the life of the studio.

In acknowledging these relationships, the exhibition makes visible an obscured economy of manufacture, informal training and subsumed creativity. It values the unvalued, choosing to celebrate lines of mutual support, cross-pollination and resonance. The creative frustrations that come with making another artist’s work – all the input that is absorbed, all that is discarded – play against the satisfactions and energies of social making. The years of the studio generate a micro-culture, a studio language of jokes, methodologies, improvisations, and idiosyncratic habits that bubble up in these works.

Samuel Membery talks to SHOWstudio about London Menswear

Fashion Design tutor, Samuel Membery talks to SHOWstudio about his label Itokawa Film and London Menswear.

Daryoush Haj-Najafi is joined by a ‘New London’ collective including; photographer Ronan McKenzieItokawa Film‘s Samuel Membery, [NOTHING]’s Jai Elevenand writer Cora Delaney to discuss the MAN A/W 16 menswear collection and the term ‘New London’.

Click on the image to watch the film.

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Printed Textiles tutor featured in The Times

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.

Caitlin Hinshelwood The Times feature


Texprint appoints Sarah Cheyne as Projects Coordinator

Printed Textile tutor Sarah Cheyne has recently been appointed Projects Coordinator by Texprint. Her role is to liaise with companies and Texprint designers to facilitate paid Internships.
TEXPRINT interviews, mentors and promotes the UK’s most talented textile design graduates with the support of industry professionals worldwide.
Those selected are introduced to buyers, press and sponsors at the Texprint London event, and at Europe and Asia’s leading yarn and textile exhibitions.
Texprint is entirely funded by the generous sponsorship of industry and by British charitable foundations, who believe wholeheartedly in supporting textile design talent and in encouraging design innovation and excellence.

Internships have become an integral part of developing a career in the textile sector, as in many industries. That’s why Texprint is putting increased emphasis on supporting its designers to undertake internships both in the UK and internationally. This has been facilitated by a new UK government funding programme known as the Employer Ownership Partnership for Skills pilot, announced in 2014. This is providing Texprint with funds to help support 20 work placements over two years.

Sarah Cheyne is an alumni of Texprint 1991 and has been a supporter for many years. She has been a member of the Texprint council since 2001 and is often involved in the selection process. More recently Sarah has offered individual consultations with Texprint designers in her role as Hero Mentor.

WSA welcomes Colin Henderson to the team

Colin Henderson is a graphic artist working in print, with a commercial background in printed textiles and graphic design alongside a mixed media fine art practice. Colin has been working for clients is the Fashion, Music and Design industry for the past eight years including companies such as Missoni and Christopher Shannon. He will be working across the whole programme on Digital Communication.


WSA welcomes Samuel Membery to the team

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Samuel Membery is a contemporary menswear designer. He graduated from the RCA menswear degree course in 2011, winner of the ASOS Design Award 2011 and the Neil Barrett Prize 2011. Samuel is currently co-directing emerging menswear label Itokawa Film and working as a design consultant for design companies in the fashion and lifestyle industries.


Samuel will be teaching across the Fashion Design programme and working closely with Level 2.


WSA Staff and Students at Indigo, Premiere Vision, Paris

Senior Teaching Fellow in Printed Textiles, Sarah Cheyne, was at Indigo earlier this month where her studio Johnson Cheyne was exhibiting. The design show is part of Premiere Vision, Paris and attracts thousands of visitors over 3 days in September and February.

Johnson Cheyne Texprint Stand

Sarah has been running Johnson Cheyne for 5 years. The studio produces and sells printed and embroidered designs for the fashion and interiors market. During a busy week Sarah showed designs for Autumn Winter 15/16 to clients from Europe, America and Asia who flocked to Paris for the biggest fashion fabric event of the season.



This year, two of our recent graduates were fortunate to have a stand after being selected as finalists for Texprint 2014. Both Frieda Peppercorn (Printed Textiles) and Jonny Wadland (Knitwear for Fashion) enjoyed attention at the show with the opportunity to sell swatches and make industry contacts.

Frieda Peppercorn Texprint Stand Jonny Wadland Texprint Stand

WSA welcomes Bonnie Kirkwood and Ismini Samanidou to the Woven Textiles Team

We have two new members of staff joining Woven Textiles for this semester.

Woven Textile Designer Bonnie Kirkwood works internationally for the highest contemporary interior design market. She has an extensive and varied experience in both the interior and fashion industry working with impressive names such as Designers Guild, Christian Lacroix and Paul Smith, and with individual established design studios and worldwide fabric mills, in the commercial and luxury high end markets.


Bonnie Kirkwood

Artist Ismini Samanidou trained at Central Saint Martins and the Royal College of Art. Her practice touches on the boundaries of craft, art and design with work developed for site specific commissions, industry collaborations and unique pieces for exhibition.

Her work has been exhibited internationally and has just completed an invited residency at the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation in Connecticut, USA. Ismini’s textiles are held in private and public collections including the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the Jerwood Contemporary Makers award. 


Ismini Samanidou

WSA welcomes Caitlin Hinshelwood to the FTD team

WSA welcomes Caitlin Hinshelwood to the Fashion and Textile Design team.

Caitlin is a printed textiles designer based in London, who will be working part time here at Winchester School of Art. As well as working on commissions for various clients in fashion, interiors and publishing,she produces her own range of hand screen-printed textile products. Her website (www.caitlinhinshelwood.co.uk/) contains a sample of work from a variety of projects.

Website: Caitlin Hinshelwood