Texprint is underway for another year, with 24 star designers for 2015 chosen. Texprint is a unique charity which supports, mentors and celebrates the best in UK Textile graduates each year. Emma was lucky enough to be one of the chosen designers back in 2011, going on to win their pattern prize, and now takes part in the interview process to help select graduates for the programme.
This week we headed to the first view exhibition at Chelsea College of Art, where the fresh graduates were showcasing a selection of their work, before heading to the major industry exhibition Premiere Vision Paris in September. Emma also took part in the mentoring day for the designers, sharing her experiences of Texprint, through to running a business and everything in between!
Below we've shared a small edit of our favourite designers from the day - but with so many talented graduates to choose from we suggest you check out the full list of designers at texprint.org.uk.
A knit graduate from the Royal College of Art, Alex has used trips to the Horniman Museum to inspire a collection of striking knits combining both hand and digital techniques. We loved her use of intricate imagery translated into textural, covetable knitted garments in a limited colour palette.
Ciaran studied print at Glasgow School of Art and explained that he wanted to 'create an artificial world through digital technology'. His dream-like, technological digital prints translated perfectly into a directional menswear collection.
A London College of Fashion graduate, Emily told us that she was initially inspired by Guernsey fisherman sweaters. We loved the way she has worked back into her knits and mixed techniques; using embroidery, hand weaving with fur and Dubied knitting.
Amy studied print at Chelsea College of Art, and her passion for screen printing and colour is clearly evident in her collection. Amy sees her pieces as interactive, and we loved her playful videos that she describes as 'collages on people' - watch here.
The next step for all 24 Texprint designers is Premiere Vision Paris in September - we look forward to following their progress and seeing what they do next...