Texprint’s 40th anniversary London presentation took place last week at Chelsea College of Art & Design UAL, showcasing the work of 24 of the best textile designers graduating from UK universities and colleges this summer. ARTS THREAD takes a look at the winners of four special awards, each of whom will receive a £1,000 prize, courtesy of sponsors Pantone X-Rite, Liberty Art Fabrics and The Clothworkers’ Foundation.
The Colour Prize went to Manri Kishimoto, a graduate of Central Saint Martins UAL. The judges fell for her dramatic bold printed garments and judge Sheree Waterson described her designs as ‘outrageous, mind-blowing. Her illustrations are awesome.’
The Royal College of Art’s Carlo Volpi was the Body Prize winner, awarded to the best fashion fabric. Judge Caroline Burstein said it was a unanimous decision and praised the knitwear designer’s impeccable colour sense.
Ying Wu is the Pattern Prize winner. A Royal College of Art graduate, judge Neisha Crosland said Ying’s scarves were exquisite: ‘She has taken skate and street and taken it upmarket and refined.’
Tania Grace Knuckey from the Royal College of Art wins the Space prize — awarded to the best fabric for interiors. Tania’s work spans a wide range of materials, from metals to leather and judge Paul Stamper was impressed with her ‘good mind’ and ability to turn her hand to anything.
The judging panel for 2012: Caroline Burstein – creative director at Browns Fashion and founder of Molton Brown, Neisha Crosland – renowned designer with eponymous interiors and accessories brands, Paul Stamper – senior designer, design perspectives, Renault Design at Renault and Sheree Waterson – executive vice president and chief product officer of activewear company Lululemon Athletica.
All 24 of the selected graduates — working in print, weave, knit, stitch and mixed media — will also be part of this year’s mentoring and career development programme, as well as enjoying the the opportunity to present their work at Indigo, Paris, September 19-21, 2012. The Indigo showcase also includes the judging for the Woolmark Texprint Award in support of Campaign for Wool (fabrics created with 60% or more Merino wool).
For more information on Texprint 2012.