Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Textile Tuesdays: Texprint 2011

I've always been amazed by those at the forefront of design. Especially in mediums that have been around for centuries, like textiles. Yesterday I checked out the Texprint 2011 designers. Texprint features 24 recently graduated textile designers with the hope of exposing them to the industry and, well, showing the world how phenomenal they are. Visit their site and their Flickr photostream to see more images of all these truly talented designers.


If you are looking for bling in a new way, then you will like Abigail Gardiner's work. Visit her site here for more of her beautiful work.


Winner of the Texprint 2011 Color Prize, Chloe Hamblin is another favorite of mine. I am blown away by the intricacy of weaving in her work. Visit the Chelsea Degree Show site for more amazing work.


 The fantastic imagination of Emma Shipley is evident in these textiles, all from original sketches of her own. So maybe Gorilla rib cages aren't your thing. Boy are you missing out! Emma has a fantastic site where she sells these designs on Pashminas, silk Georgette scarves, and silk twill scarves. She has won several awards for her work.


Lauren Bowker has developed a way to make clothes that change and live. For her recent project, PHNX, she used a technique she developed, where she uses thermal chromatic dyes. In her own words:

 "I have embarked upon a journey to visualize, control and construct a piece that constantly evolves, lives and dies in front of our eyes. Through the expansion of many types of ink, I have developed an original take on dynamic chromic imaging. using focused thermal beams, sequentially controlled through computer software to allow my pieces to take on lives of their own. "

To see this technique in real time, check out the video on her site, PHNX.


Finally, I loved the tribal designs of Marie Parsons. I cannot seem to find a site for her, but thank you to Amelia's Magazine, for the photo of her fantastic trunk. Again, Texprint is the best source for these images and more of her work.

Happy Textile Tuesday!

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