Every year the organisation TexSelect selects 24 of the best textile graduates from around the UK. The selected students are given the opportunity to showcase their work to leading industry professionals at the Preview Show in London (July) and then at PV Designs in Paris (September). TexSelect interview over 200 students via a panel of industry specialists to find the 24 graduates to represent UK talent and future textiles. This year three WSA students made the cut – Jessye Boulton (Knitwear), Cassie MacDonald (Printed Textiles) and Beth Porter (Printed Textiles).
As part of the experience there are numerous awards judged by industry with the winners announced in Paris. This year Jessye Boulton was shortlisted for the TexSelect Fashion Prize and Cassie MacDonald was shortlisted for the TexSelect Pattern Prize sponsored by Liberty London.
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.