Red is the Colour – WSA at Spinexpo, Shanghai

Current second year WSA students on the Knitwear and Woven Textiles pathways had the opportunity to exhibit work at Spinexpo in Shanghai at the beginning of the this month. Two students were selected to go to Shanghai for the duration of the show, Hannah Brabon (Knitwear) and Emma Pedrick (Woven Textiles), who had the opportunity to meet industry experts, gain an insight into the industry as well as the workings of an international trade show.


Spinexpo and WSA worked together on a project brief where students had to develop concepts around the colour RED.

‘We asked students to be very experimental and broad with their approaches to this theme. The students had the privilege to work with the latest developments in yarns from the exhibitors of the show.” (Helga Matos)

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Winchester School of Art and Nottingham Trent University are the only two education institutions that Spinexpo has chosen to promote. Spinexpo is a global yarn and trend show that takes place in Shanghai (twice a year), Paris and New York. The RED project will now go to the Paris show on the 6th and 7th July 2016.

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Students work selected:
Jhonis Zipagan
Alice Bracken
Amy Fuller
Anna Bateman
Charlotte Lovell
Hannah Brabon
Isabel Worth
Katy Breeching
Sam Wood
Emma Pedrick
Grace Carter
Rebecca Lickley
Rebecca Glanvill
Isabella Bishop
Danielle Gill
Amy Nguyen
Mollie Croft
Rebecca Moore

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.

Textile Designer Job at Stephen Walters

Stephen Walters are silk weavers designing and producing fabric for international luxury brands. We have built our reputation as design leaders working exclusively with fashion houses across the world. We are recruiting for the following position to join our highly regarded design team:

Textile Designer to work within our creative design team producing CAD representations of our jacquard designs.

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

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

Hours of work: 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday (40 hours)
Location: Sudbury, Suffolk
Salary: Depending on experience

Closing date for applications 26.02.16

Please email your CV with a covering letter to Katherine Winterton via the form here.

Sophie Steller visits WSA for industry project

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Second year Knitwear for Fashion and Woven Textile Design students have been working on an industry project for Knitwear Design Studio Sophie Steller. The students developed designs for a past/modern collection, using drawings from museum collections as a starting point for their textile swatches. After the project review with Sophie Steller, 8 students were selected for interviews.

From Knit:
Anna Bateman
Amy Fuller
Isabel Worth
Hannah Brabon
Alice Bracken

From Weave:
Danielle Gill
Rebecca Lickley
Rebecca Moore

Sophie will be offering placements to successful interviewees.

WSA Woven Textiles goes to ‘Making it in Textiles’ 2015

Three final year Woven Textiles students, Leah Ashton, Hannah Mueller and Barbara Ahenkorah travelled to Bradford with tutor Jane Landau last week to take part in ‘Making it in Textiles’.


The Campaign for Wool, The Clothworkers’ Company, The Drapers’ Company and The Weavers’ Company have collaborated for a second year to provide a free, two-day conference in Bradford for final-year textile degree students, to forge stronger links between educational institutions and the UK textile manufacturing industry.

“We believe that textile students need more practical guidance about how the industry works. The conference will allow industry experts to provide insight into different roles within the industry, and to set out the requirements for employment after graduation. Students will also gain practical knowledge of a working mill through local mill trips.”


The Woven Textiles department welcomes the New Jacquard Controller

The weave department are really excited to announce the arrival of the new digital Controller for the Jacquard loom. The digital information will now by transmitted directly from the computer to the loom. Goodbye floppy disks!

Woven Textiles student Leah Ashton tells us about her summer internships

Final year Woven Textiles student, Leah Ashton, spent her summer at two exciting internships one with Anna Champeney in Northern Spain and the other with Christopher Farr Cloth in London. She tells us about her very different experiences at both learning about their design process and how each company is run.

Anna Champeney Textile Studio 

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“In June this summer I spent three weeks at Anna Champeney Textile Studio, learning about local weaving techniques and natural dyeing. AC Textiles is an independent studio based in the remote village of Cristosende, Northern Spain. I applied for the internship because I wanted to gain even more weaving experience; this internship allowed me to weave myself, which very few others gave me the opportunity to do.

During my internship I wove a linen scarf which was sold online as part of AC Textiles summer collection as well as some linen towels for a customer commission. I also learnt some techniques for dyeing using plants and other natural sources, many of which were grown locally on site; I found this a very interesting experience.

It was such a great opportunity to travel to Northern Spain and be able to weave with a freelance designer. Not only because of the textile knowledge that I gained but also because I got to learn about the culture of a remote Spanish village and how a designer markets herself in such an area.”

Anna Champeney will be running the same internship next year so considering applying if you’re interested in Leah’s experience. You can read more about Leah’s internship here –

Christopher Farr Cloth

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“My next internship was at Christopher Farr Cloth in Chelsea, London. I was there from the beginning of July to the end of August. Christopher Farr cloth is the fabric division of Christopher Farr (Rugs). Their collection has over 60 designs of prints and weaves, designed by a range of designers and artists. The printed collection is still produced in the UK, and I was lucky enough to visit the family-owned company and see how the designs were printed; both by hand and using a rotary.

My main role consisted of dealing with sample requests, whether that was sending sample refreshers to the showrooms abroad or to independent interiors designers. During my internship they were developing a new printed outdoor fabric line, I got to sit in on meetings with the international printers and work on colour ways for the new prints. Recently, Christopher Farr have brought out a new wallpaper collection. Each wallpaper comes in an assortment of colours and I helped to create a wallpaper colour collection book that allows clients to pick designs and colour ways.”

Textile Design and Sales Assistant Position at Humphries Weaving

Humphries Weaving is a leading British manufacturer of custom Jacquard fabrics, gaining an international reputation in weaving fine furnishings. With a varied portfolio of works we undertake client led projects for prestigious historical restorations, alongside the high end decorator market. We are looking to recruit a Textile Design and Sales Assistant to join our team.

The successful candidate will have a degree in woven textile design or have relevant experience in the field. With a professional attitude, the candidate must be able to confidently communicate with colleagues and clients alike. Applicants must have a valid full driving license for client visits. A proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office Suite is desired to carry out office based administration duties. Knowledge of WordPress and social media or a willingness to learn would be an advantage.

Hours of work: 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday (40 hours)

Location: Sudbury, Suffolk

Salary: Depending on experience

Training: Full training provided

To apply for this role please send your CV and covering letter to FAO J. Newman.

Images if desired, no larger than 2MB. Applications to be received by Wednesday 14th October 2015.

Woven Textiles alumni Carys Whitehouse begins her MA at the RCA this week

Carys Whitehouse, who graduated this summer with a First Class Honours in Woven Textiles has started her Masters at the Royal College of Art this week.

Carys’ final collection, a combination of hand woven textiles, jacquards, digital prints and sculpture, reflected on how we express anxiety both consciously and unconsciously. This took the form of drawing and sculptures exploring her own anxieties as well as examining “medicine as a form of escapism from societal anxieties.” Her collection was developed using materials and processes which were entirely free from animal products for a gender-neutral fashion market.


We wish Carys all the best with her next 2 years of post-graduate studies.

WSA London Degree Show opens this Thursday!

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