Highlights from the WSA New Designers stand

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From top to bottom: Featuring the work of Alex Poyner and Kat Walker, Annabelle Jennings, Chloe Rutherford, Grace Fincham and Charlie Magnay, Sarah Street and Ellice Soloman.

16 students from Printed Textiles, Knitwear for Fashion and Woven Textiles were selected to showcase their work at the London event last week.

Printed Textiles Graduate Annabelle Jennings featured on Arts Thread as a New Designers highlight

Recent graduate, Annabelle Jennings work is featured on the Arts Thread blog as part of their print¬†report at New Designers. Annabelle was showcasing her Printed Textile Collection inspired by women’s roles during the First and Second World Wars.


You can see the article here http://www.artsthread.com/blog/new-designers-15-textiles-print/


WSA Textile Design students at New Designers next week

Selected graduates from Printed Textiles, Woven Textiles and Knitwear for Fashion will be showcasing their collections at New Designers 24th-27th June at stand T11.

WSA Textile Design Poster

New Designers, Business Design Centre, Islington, London


Two Textile Designer Posts at Stephen Walters & Sons Ltd

Stephen Walters are silk weavers designing and producing fabric for international luxury brands. They have built their reputation as design leaders working exclusively with fashion houses across the world.

They are recruiting for the following two positions to join their highly regarded design team:

  • Textile Designer to work within their¬†technical design team producing designs using their¬†jacquard software.
  • Textile Designer to work within their¬†creative design team producing CAD representations of their¬†jacquard designs.

The design work is extremely varied and covers a broad range of fabrics from men’s neckwear to contemporary womenswear and furnishings.

They are looking for two designers with good artistic ability and drawing skills, a sensitivity to colour, a diversity of styles and attention to detail. An understanding of CAD systems would be beneficial but not essential, as full training will be given to the successful applicant.

Their design team is currently made up of trained designers from a variety of disciplines such as print, surface pattern and weave. They would like to hear from anyone who is qualified in similar areas.

Closing date for applications 26.06.15

Please email your CV with a covering letter to
Katherine Winterton: katherinew@stephenwalters.co.uk

Printed Textiles Student Lucy Harris is announced as the Grand Prize Winner at Surtex 2015

Lucy Harris, in her final year of Printed Textile Design at WSA, has be announced as the Grand Prize Winner at Surtex International Design Competition out of 4 design students around the world.


Lucy has been in New York this week showing her winning collection ‘Side Streets’ based on New York youth culture in the 1990’s as part of the first round of the competition.

To read the full article go here

Congratulations Lucy!

Featuring the work of Printed Textile student Alex Poyner

Final year Printed Textile student Alex Poyner introduces us to part of her collection.

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 For my final collection I initially looked at the different objects we carry and how these things help define us. This lead me to investigate the psychology behind collecting and hoarding; how some see litter where hoarders see treasure. I attempted to portray the clutter and order associated with hoarders and collectors through my designs, considering the placement of imagery and combining unrelated everyday objects. Artists Gavin Turk and Jason Taylor have been significant influences owing to the way they interpret everyday objects; either making them humorous or more thought provoking by taking a piece of litter and isolating it on a plinth.

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I take an experimental approach to my work, always looking for new and exciting¬†ways of creating. I enjoy the challenge of taking an object¬†that others’ class as litter¬†i.e. the plastic bag and making it aesthetically pleasing,¬†intriguing and adding¬†value to something which previously had no value.¬†Working across¬†medias and¬†integrating them into¬†printed textiles to create depth and¬†excitement is an integral part of my work.¬†I hope by¬†focusing on everyday objects I have created¬†prints that can relate to everyone.

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Alex has already had her work showcased at the British Fashion Council portfolio day and there will be plenty more opportunities to see her finished collection at our upcoming graduate events.