Pastry cutters and high-powered lasers help Shirley win national textiles award
Final year woven textiles student from Loughborough University School of Art and Design, Shirley Curtis, is celebrating the news that she is this year's overall winner of the British Interior Textiles Association's national competition. The prestigious national award was presented at a special dinner attended by the country's most influential names in the world of interior design. Fashion and interior designer, Jeff Banks, was on hand to congratulate Shirley on her striking monochrome sheer fabrics. The judges singled out Shirley's weaves from tough nation wide competition to award her £1,000 and a promising start to a new-found career.
Shirley took early retirement from her career as an art and technology teacher in a secondary school in Northamptonshire to embark on a part-time textiles degree course at Loughborough.
"I love the technical, mathematical aspects of weaving," said Shirley. "Yet in spite of rigorous plans, the best designs develop organically, and sometimes by accident!"
Shirley has recently bought a small table loom so that she can weave each day, without the lengthy commute from Northamptonshire. Her award-winning work, praised by Jain McCormack, Design Director of Sanderson Fabrics, as "very well executed and tasteful", was made on her loom, while the striking cut outs were achieved using an intriguing collection of tools, including a pastry cutter heated over a gas cooker! Heath Robinson-style improvisations are all very well on small fabric samples, but Shirley had to ditch the pastry cutter and opt for a more high-tech approach for her stunning degree show collection. She approached the Laser Centre at Loughborough College, who were happy to allow Shirley to use one of their high powered industrial lasers to put the finishing touches to her weave designs.
Only days after completing her degree, Shirley is busy preparing for a study visit to Antwerp, as part of a Royal Society of Arts Travel Bursary that she won last year. "I still feel I have so much more to learn about weaving, and I'm now contemplating a postgraduate course,' said Shirley. The British Interior Textiles Association award has already yielded some good contacts for future work for Shirley, and she is looking forward to using her £1,000 prize money to buy some new weaving equipment to replace her trusty pastry cutter!
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He is one of the few designers who can change our eye, and you’re not going to do that by shoveling stuff onto clothes. There are plenty of designers who do that just fine. Rather, you do it through fabrics, construction and the latest technology.The new collection used all of those elements. There were stiff couture fabrics like radzimir [and gazar], and new materials like foam and a crinkled fabric similar to matelassé made by a heat-shrinking process. The silhouette was a short two-piece outfit with peaked or rounded shoulders (some sleeves were pompoms of prints) with a mini that sometimes split open over matching shorts.
Some closeups of the crinkled fabric
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Situated in the idyllic Danish countryside at the heart of Northern Zealand, Saga Desgin Centre is Saga Furs administrative headquarters and the heart of creative innovation in fur.
Saga Design Centre’s team of designers and furriers have continually developed bold new uses for fur -- and have shared this knowledge with designers from around the world. As the designer’s choice, we invite creative minds to Saga Design Centre to make dreams of fur a reality.
At Saga Design Centre furriers and designers test the limits of creativity to extend the potential of fur.
Their website shows a lot of the techniques for fur they've developed too-- it's very interesting. You can also attend their workshops, accommodation provided (in the house up there^)
rough google translation:
"Stylist, textile designer and consultant based in Paris. Marie-France de Crécy, born in 1973 in Geneva, Switzerland.
Consider Duperré at the Applied Arts in Paris in textile design. Stylist in New York from 1998 to 2000. Designer independent in Paris since 2000, working primarily in the area of luxury textiles and agencies style and publicity as a consultant mode."
- idealising: open-mindedness , accepting contradictions, new visions
keywords "artificial garden" and "fantasized nature"
ie. artificial w natural
Signing on for a sustainable-development approach without giving in to moralising. Choosing bio-diversity and showcasing the ecological potential of synthetic fibres.
recyclable and recycled materials
same idea as activating... forward-thinking, taking hold of optimism
mix and match.. about focusing on the inside person and letting that show through to the outer + with no constraint , no self-consciousness
fabricsmatt is key / minimised shine (to mean "no deception")
anti-stretch , blocked textures, thick silks , strong cellulose fabrics (ie. canvas)
Gius I love the way these styles are described they sound very beautiful: "washed out, sun-light faded, chalky coatings"
I'm not sure if this belongs as its more about the design on the fabric.
Marimekko s/s 08 fabric patterns
Designed by Aino-Maija Metsola 2008 MARIMEKKO
Small berry like shapes in 4 shades of blue and 3 shades of purple interspered with bright green leaves on white. Cool crisp color combo looks great with white furniture or use to update a cottage look.
Designed by Aino-Maija Metsola 2008 MARIMEKKO
Large stylized floral in rich saturated colors of blue, red, orange, yellow, green and purple on white. Great for curtains,wall hangings or bedding. Photo shows 1 repeat which is how this design is sold. Also available in oilcloth.
Designed by Fujiwo Ishimoto 1991 MARIMEKKO
Whispy lines appear to be drawn with crayon to create this soothing abstract. Great design for drapes, bedding or table linens. Grass green, spring green and light blue on pure white.
Designed by Kristina Isola Marimekko
An impressionist garden in greens from lime to teal, pinks and orange on a white background. Also available in oil cloth.
Designed by Maija Louekari 2008 MARIMEKKO
Large abstract seed pods in black with circles of bright pink, yellow blue and gray in the background.
Designed by Marjaana Virtu MARIMEKKO
A herd of cattle outlined in black on a bright lime green background.
Design by Fujiwo Ishimoto 1994 MARIMEKKO
Very large leaves up to 20 inches long in 3 shades of green, teal, sage and olive on white semi sheer linen. This loose weave has all the slubs and nubs of natural linen. Suitable for draperies.
Designed by Marjaana Virtu MARIMEKKO 2008
Large abstract adds drama as a wall hanging or drapes.
Matkalla Maalle Blue
Designed by Teresa Moorhouse MARIMEKKO
Bands of color ranging in size from 1/4 inch ti 8 inches in width. Some striated, others solid combine to fluid waves of color. Wonderful curtain fabric. Navy to pale blue and ochre
Designed by Iiro A Ahokas MARIMEKKO
Ribbons up to 1.5" wide meet in the center and twist and turn to create this graphic design. You get about 2 "bunches" in a yard. Black on white.
The fabrics that have colours mentioned are avaliable in different colourways, there are a few more, so the selection here are just ones I randomly picked