This week: Bonnie Kirkwood is coming to WSA

Bonnie Kirkwood is coming to WSA to work with level two weave students.

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Level two weave study visit in London

The level 2 weave students went to London on study visit, they visited Henry Bertrand to view the collection and meet Jamie Morgan, UK sales director and joint managing director Katy Bercovitch. Then they went on to Cockpit Arts to visit woven textiles designer Bonnie Kirkwood in her studio and then on to meet Andrew Ramroop, managing director of Maurice Sedwell, Savile Row tailors.

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Jessica Light working with the WSA Weave students

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Jessica Light is one of the last working trimming weavers left in England, producing exquisite, innovative and contemporary passementerie of exceptional quality. Everything is handmade to order in her East London workshop using methods dating back to the 15th and 16th centuries. She came in and presented her work to level two and three weave students and sat in on tutorials for their latest project ‘Flower Power”.

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Weave Exhibition featuring level three student Lauren Bates

Third year weave student Lauren is currently in her final year here at WSA.

Her work is currently on show at ‘Unwanted’ Exhibition. Whitcurch Silk Mill, Hampshire,

Sunday 10th November until 22nd November 2013 

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Lauren wanted to push the idea of consumption. What does one person see as waste? Can someone else see it as art or a medium to design with?

After attending a creative workshop in July 2013 she was pushed to experiment with non-textile related mediums to create new and interesting textures. Lauren gathered her materials from a local scrap store in Swindon, Wiltshire, for the project. All of the artworks are using unwanted industrial waste materials, including rubber piping, felt, wood and coloured nylon.  The restriction of the colour palette was determined by the materials she found. 

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Featuring the work of Associate Teaching Fellow for Woven Textiles: Helga Matos

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Helga Matos is a contemporary Textile Designer specialised in Woven Textiles. Helga was born in Brazil and grew up in the Amazon Rainforest, which has greatly influenced her creative work and is a constant inspiration in her life. Helga has also experienced life in Portugal, Norway, India and South Korea and is currently an Associate Teaching Fellow for Woven Textiles here at Winchester School of Art.

Helga takes on a very experimental approach to her work, concentrating on the properties of materials and structures of fabric. Her main focus is to create surfaces that evoke curiosity, excitement, to make people stop and appreciate materials and craft, to make them want to touch and be inquisitive.Helga works on jacquard and dobby looms to produce high quality modern textiles and textile related products. As well as designing her own collections of fabrics and wall art bespoke pieces, Helga works on collaborative projects with various artistsdesigners and engineers.

The rubber wrap (worn as a cape) was hand woven using a polyurethane coated yarn, strips of recycled bike inner tubes cut into strips and fine stainless steal wire. This piece was inspired by the actual visual and physical qualities of the materials used.

The article is about Lulu James, “the 21 year old singer from South Shields who has fused soul, R ‘n’ B and house music into sophisticated pop” [Notion Magazine issue 66] And featured in Notion Magazine issue 66.

Click here to see more of Helga’s work

Level 3 weavers presented their work in progress to visiting lecturer Daniel Heath.

The level 3 weavers presented their work in progress on the ‘Sensory Perception’ project to visiting lecturer Daniel Heath.

Daniel Heath is an independent wallpaper, textile and surface designer renowned for his whimsical yet sophisticated hand-drawn illustrations of nostalgic animals and motifs. Trained in the traditional process of silk-screen printing at the Royal College of Art, he set up his studio in 2006 to make bespoke, hand-printed wallpapers and crafted material surfaces. Daniel employs contemporary processes such as laser engraving to re-adorn heritage materials using his hand-drawn designs, creating a refined collection of interior surfaces and products that are not only beautifully made, but also compassionately manufactured. Now based in the heart of East London, close to Hackney Marshes, the designer-maker has continued his interest in craftsmanship.

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WSA FTD Level One Students are loving Weave

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Level 1, weave workshop

In the weave workshop, the first group of level 1 students have learnt how to create their own fancy yarns. The workshop consisted of demonstrations of different techniques and the students have been doing some really experimental, colourful samples in the studio this week.

Very exciting weaves level one – we are looking forward to sharing more of your work soon.

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Featuring the work of recent textile graduate: Hannah Auerbach George

Hannah Auerbach George final major project was inspired by her father’s love of the London Underground and her mother’s work as a Statistician.  By looking at an emerging trend for infographics she developed the idea of statistically analysing the Underground and using the information gathered to inform the design of her woven and printed fabrics. Hannah was particularly inspired by the sheer numbers of people that use the tube and how their anonymity contrasted with the lack of privacy in such a small enclosed place.

Sustainability has underpinned much of her work at Winchester School of Art.In this project the focus is more on the theoretical aspects of sustainability. Hannah explored the idea of embedding meaning within fabric therefore giving the textile longevity and where possible she have used sustainable materials. As a result the collection is largely made from wool, including British wool.Hannah has only used organic cotton with less that 5% of the collection being polyester. As part of her interest in sustainability Hannah designed many of the fabrics to be reversible or ‘ready lined’ to cut down on the use of materials. Hannah then further developed the idea of of embedding meaning into fabric by creating a woven QR(Quick Response) code fabric ‘FabriQR’. Each code can be scanned using an application which then takes you to an illustration of something that has ended up in the London Underground lost property office.

Hannah Auerbach George will be continuing her studies at The Royal College of Art next semester. We wish her well.

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Featuring the work of level three woven textile student: Fran Heerey

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Fran Heerey: This project explores the ideas surrounding a ‘Singularity’, in relation to Ray Kurzweil’s theory on the epoch system, of which he states we will have to combine our biological evolution with technological evolution in order to progress and advance into the future. This is something that is very real within the 21st Century. As technology ever more advances, we are quickly shifting our human based responsibilities onto technology, and as a result, we are becoming governed and drawn in by technologies’ power and aesthetic appeal. Science fiction based films and books will be referenced as contextual inspiration, with in particular focus on H.R. Giger’s works which inspired Ridley Scott’s films Alien and Prometheus, as well as referencing other science fiction films and writings such as Fritz Lang’s Metropolis, Blade Runner, Robocop, Stargate, Surrogates, and Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein.

The main objectives for the project will be exploring identity, gender, beauty, and the body ‘ideal’ in relation to a biomechanical world; a world where humans are Cybernetic organisms (Cyborgs), a cross between mechanical and biological matter that is intertwined with artificial intelligence.  The human body is a key element of research throughout the project, as this is where the interrelation between man and machine can really be explored and demonstrated to its fullest potential. 

Fran will be graduating this year and we look forward to seeing Fran’s work in the WSA degree show in June.