Love Thy Denim at Winchester Discovery Centre

27 August – 23 October 

An impressive costume exhibition exploring the origins and versatility of denim, from its workwear heritage, to becoming the fabric of our everyday lives. From the ‘Wild West’ to Vivienne Westwood, mass production jeans to handcrafted spectacles, we present the many faces of our beloved denim.

Free entry

In conjunction with the exhibition is Love Thy Denim lecture: Heritage and Renaissance

Thursday 20th October 2016 – 7.30pm

Winchester Discovery Centre

A lively lecture by Mohsin Sajid, the UK’s denim aficionado and owner of label Endrime. This fascinating talk, for denim enthusiasts and aspiring designers, will detail the history of the cloth and origins of jeans.

Mohsin brings his unique perspective as a designer and consultant to major denim brands and discusses the emergence of a denim renaissance in Britain and beyond.

Price: £5.00 per person

Textile Apprentice Graduate Scheme at Temperley

Temperley London is looking for a Graduate textile designer to Assist the VP of Design and the Textile Designer, in artwork placement and swatch development.
A fantastic opportunity for a passionate and hardworking individual to work in a fast paced and exciting textile team where pattern is a key part of the product.

The Role will cover –

– Artwork placements throughout Main collection and Bridal .
– Colourway CADs.
– Manage the swatch archive.
– To create Research and Sourcing packs for swatch development.
– To support Design VP, textile designer and fabric buyer in various admin roles.

The candidate must be super creative and have a talent for textile design, with a degree in fashion or textiles. We are looking for an individual who is organised and can work within deadlines, with extensive knowledge of photoshop and illustrator.

Salary: £6.70 per hour for those under 25, and £7.20 per hour for those aged 25 or over

Location of vacancy: London

Hours 9.00 – 17.30 – Full Time

Closing date August 31, 2016

To apply go here

WSA Textile Graduates at New Designers

Selected graduates from Printed Textiles, Woven Textiles and Knitwear for Fashion will be showcasing their work at New Designers this week.

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Opening times:

Wednesday 29 June:
– VIP & Press Preview:                3:00pm – 6:30pm
– Awards Preview Evening:         6.30pm – 9:00pm
Thursday 30 June:                   10:00am – 8:00pm
-Thursday Late:                           5:00pm – 8:00pm
Friday 01 July:                          10:00am – 6:00pm
Saturday 02 July:                     10:00am – 5:00pm


Business Design Centre
52 Upper Street
London N1 0QH

For more details visit

Woven Textiles alumni Hannah Auerbach involved in new Tibor Reich Exhibition at the Whitworth

A major retrospective at the Whitworth, Manchester opens 29th January – August 2016 of the pioneering post-war textile designer Tibor Reich, who brought modernity into British textiles.


In 2015 Tibor Reich’s Grandson, Sam Reich, began the huge task of reviving his Grandfathers company, Tibor Ltd. WSA and RCA alumni Hannah Auerbach has been working as head of woven textiles exploring and resurrecting Tibor’s vast archive of designs. You can read more about her experience and process in an interview on The Weave Shed.

The exhibition follows Reich’s complex and multifaceted career as a designer that spanned over four decades. A wide range of his designs, sketchbooks and artworks will be on display.


Images and text copyright: Tibor Ltd.

Paid 6 Month Fashion and Textiles Design Internship at Derek Rose

Paid Fashion and Textiles Design Internship
Derek Rose are a luxury brand based on Baker Street, London specialising in nightwear, underwear and loungewear. All of our textiles are designed in-house including repeat print, jacquards and yarn dyed stripes and checks. This is an exciting opportunity for a Textiles graduate looking to gain industry experience.
You will be a part of a small team working directly with the internal designers contributing to the development of the collections and supporting the general running of the design office.

This internship is full time and will last six months to start 26th February 2016.
The ideal candidate:

  • Fashion/Textiles (BA) hons degree.
  • Interest and knowledge of designing prints and yarn dyed stripes and checks.
  • Strong commercial awareness.
  • Interest in textile design for both men’s and womenswear.
  • Must be proficient in Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator).
  • An excellent understanding of working in a fashion environment and of the design process.
  • Be proactive and able to work independently on your own initiative.

Duties to include:

  • Assisting the designers to design print, jacquards and yarn dyed stripes and checks.
  • Creating technical design sheets.
  • Using Adobe Creative Suite to bring concepts to design.
  • Assisting with administrative tasks including archiving fabrics, filing, answering calls, maintaining showroom, updating design boards and other day to day tasks.
  • Researching new trends, creating mood boards and colour research.

If this sounds like you, we would like to hear from you. To apply send us a copy of your PDF portfolio and CV.

For more details and to apply go here

Study Trip to New York Highlights

Last week WSA Fashion and Textiles staff took a group to students to New York for a study trip of studio visits, fabric and trimming shopping and museums. And an unexpected snow storm! Here are some highlights…

Marc Jacobs tour

Head of Womenswear at Marc Jacobs shows students round the New York studio seeing the process from research to designing and making to show room. Students were lucky enough to see the current collection in progress for the upcoming runway show at New York fashion week.

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Fabric and trimming shopping in the Garment District. Such amazing array of colours and unusual fabrics.

Fabric Ribbons

Picasso Sculptures at the MoMa.


African Kente fabric at the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum.


Frank Stella at the impressive new Whitney Museum building.

Frank Stella

The Empire State Building post-blizzard.





Hand & Lock Competition 2016

Sarah Cheyne, printed textiles and embroidery specialist, will be introducing the Hand & Lock Competition brief tomorrow, 8th December, at 4pm in the Clean Room. Make sure you go along if you’re interested in entering.

Hand & Lock, the 247 year old embroidery atelier to European fashion houses, the British Military and The Royal Family has been running the prestigious embroidery prize since 2000 and now offers a prize fund in excess of $26,000.

The Prize is an invaluable opportunity for new designers to showcase their finest creations and potentially win a share of a life changing prize fund. Previous Prize winners have been able to fund their designs, start their own businesses and go on to have great success.

The Hand & Lock Prize for Embroidery 2016 will be structured differently from previous years encouraging the use of Embroidery in Textile Art as well as Fashion.

As such you will be able to use the brief outlined below to develop your work in either of these areas. Open Fashion | Student Fashion | Open Textile Art | Student Textile Art

Context for the Brief

We live in an ever increasing consumer world in which instant gratification fuels rapid purchasing trends, often resulting in design that is unpolished or has mediocre production quality.

Buy less. Choose well. Make it last. Quality not quantity. Everybody is buying far too many clothes.” Westwood, V. (2013).

Designers and artists need to make a concerted effort to react against inadequate design. The aim of this brief is to create quality design that consumers will cherish for years rather than dispose of when a new trend arises. The product should be well crafted. Be creative with materials and processes to achieve quality design that is designed to last and stand the test of time.

The Brief: Objects of Desire | Artist Heirloom

The dialogue between art and design is well established throughout history. Modern art can inspire design, and relevant concept development, thereby making your work more socially and culturally aware for forward-thinking design. Being able to anticipate what will happen in the future puts a designer in a position to make better decisions; to ensure their work is relevant, inspiring and sustainable. Artists and designers looks to the past to inspire new ideas for the future.

For this brief we ask you to choose one established artist, and one archive, to research and inspire your own project. Consider contrasting and mixing ideas and inspiration from your findings and designing something truly unique.

Think no limitations!


Fashion and textile designers borrow the form, materials, concepts and techniques of artists and decades in fashion; surfaces, colour, design and sculptural shapes impact on new fashion creation and innovation.

Careful consideration should be taken when it comes to colour. We want to see that you use colour as an integral component of the design process. Colour is reputed as the first thing that consumers are drawn to when considering design.

Your designs should be suitable for a contemporary consumer design market be it fashion, interior design or pure art.

For more details and to register visit the website

Year 1 Drawing Workshops

During a series of drawing workshops over the past few weeks, first year students practiced drawing textures, forms and lines for fashion and textiles. Models were styled with a multitude of fabrics and accessories presenting various patterns, shapes and textures in order to inspire a wide use of drawing media and colour.

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Knitwear Production Assistant opportunity in London

CHELACHE is a small knitwear label based in Hackney, London.

We design, make and sell knitted fashion accessories for men and women. Everything is done in house, from design and sampling to production and finishing. At the moment we mainly retail our products direct to the public, via our website and at design markets and sales shows, but we are looking to develop the wholesale side of the business.

Main duties

Production of knitted accessories on Dubied flat bed knitting machines.
Assisting at design shows and sales shows (both retail and trade).

Skills & Experience

Interns will be expected to assist in potentially all areas of the business and so learning opportunities will be broad and varied. I’m always eager to share knowledge and can help interns to not only develop their technical skills but also their understanding of other areas of the business if they show an interest (sales, marketing, design, pricing etc.).

Who would benefit?

A knitted textile student or graduate with an understanding of how knitting machines work would be ideal. Experience with Dubied industrial knitting machines in particular is a definite bonus. An interest in or knowledge of fashion is not necessary, but a passion for knitting is.

Interns should be willing to perform a broad and varied ranges of tasks.
More important than the technical knowledge and skills they already possess is the eagerness to learn and expand on those skills during their time here.

There is the possibility down the line to increase hours and or take a formal job role if mutually agreeable.

£7.00 per hour

2 days per week (16 hours) one of which can be a weekend day.

Internship Length
Minimum 5 months

Closing date
August 17, 2015

For more information and to apply go here