You may have noticed that I have not been blogging so frequently recently. Posts have been planned, photos taken, but there has not been the time to pull it all together. There have been many reasons for this, all good! One of the things occupying some of my time has been working at Loughborough University in the Textiles Department. And yes, I loved working with the students there!
I know least of all about weave, but I am fascinated by the variety of fabrics that can be produced and would love to have a go one day (one life really is not long enough)! In this post I’m going to show you the work of some of the final year students who specialised in Weave.
The Woven Textiles pathway has a fantastic reputation, nationally and internationally. All students exhibit their collections at ‘Indigo’, an international textile trade fair in Paris; many sold samples to prestigious clients. Students can work on a variety of looms: here are some of the weave facilities.
Helena‘s display caught my eye as soon as I entered the room; her colour combinations are gorgeous. She has used a variety of wool and silk yarns beautifully. Helena was inspired by the patterns in brick walls and the reflections of buildings in water. She has used warp to weft-faced twills (the technical bit – it’s a type of weave pattern).
Lauren won second prize in The Bradford Textiles Society Competition, for her women’s wear collection, this year. She chose a wonderfully vibrant colour palette. She used manipulated wire and plastics along with a range of techniques, such as floating yarns and distorted 3D structures. Lauren had placements at Liberty in London, Kendal Upholstery in Cumbria and Margo Selby in Kent.
Nicola‘s collection was inspired by the history, colours and patterns of the Alcazar Palace in Seville. She hand dyed silk and linen before weaving these beautiful pieces. This year, Nicola was awarded a scholarship from The Worshipful Company of Weavers and won third prize in The Bradford Textiles Society Competition. She had placements at Diane Von Furstenberg in New York and James Lakeland, Walpole British Luxury and Kurt Geiger, all in London.
Poppy’s collection of samples for tailored women’s wear were inspired by the architecture and cityscapes of Copenhagen and Venice. She also hand dyed cotton and ribbon yarn – such a lovely calm colour palette! And, just in case you were wondering the sample in the front is machine knit.
Ruth’s final collection is for contemporary fashion fabrics. She used natural dyes to create a subtle colour palette of wool, silk and paper yarn. She experimented with hand manipulation techniques on a loom, to produce her samples. Her work is inspired by the form and detail of doors!
Ruth also won a Scholarship from The Worshipful Company of Weavers 2014, as well as Commendations in The Clothworkers Foundation Award and The Woolmark Company Award at The Bradford Textile Society Competition in 2014. Ruth completed placements at Dash and Miller in Bristol and Annie Greenabelle in London.
Susannah’s final collection of contemporary heritage menswear fabrics was inspired by agricultural equipment and machinery. She has combined traditional twill weaves, colour and weave and crepe techniques. She has created luxurious fabrics using silk and fine.
Twenty final year students specialised in weave this year; I’ve just shown you some of the work by six of them. I would have loved to have included more! If this has inspired you, there are more photos on the Flair website.