Chelsea College of Arts Undergraduate Summer Show 2015


19 – 27 June 2015

Catch the ‘up and coming’ artists and designers of tomorrow at the Chelsea College of Arts Undergraduate Summer Show, featuring work by graduating students from the following courses:

BA Fine Art

BA Graphic Design Communication

BA Interior & Spatial Design

FdA Interior Design

BA Textile Design

Graduate Diploma Interior Design

Private View: Friday, 19 June, 6pm – 9pm

Public opening times:

Saturday, 20 June, 11am – 5pm

Sunday, 21 June, 11am – 5pm

Monday, 22 June, 10am – 8pm

Tuesday, 23 June, 10am – 8pm

Wednesday, 24 June , 10am – 8pm

Thursday, 25 June , 10am – 8pm

Friday, 26 June, 10am – 8pm

Saturday, 27 June, 11am – 5pm

Chelsea College of Arts
16 John Islip Street, London, SW1P 4JU

Sign up to the Summer Shows mailing list to receive more information and an invitation to the private view.

TED Adhocism project 2015

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Mimi Kerpel – The Plastic Age

TED researchers Professor Kay Politowicz and Miriam Ribul co-curated an exhibition in the Banqueting Hall at Chelsea College of Arts to showcase the outcomes of Adhocism, a project with year 2 BA Textile Design students. Samples, selected from the 97 participating students in Weave, Knit and Print specialisms, demonstrated impressive craftsmanship and inventiveness in the exploration of textiles.

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Leah Kahn – Patterned Wood

Following a ‘TEN’ workshop in March, led by Dr Kate Goldsworthy and six other TED researchers, students developed their designs through the lens of The TEN sustainable design strategies. They took up a primarily conceptual position and then proposed professional design solutions by adopting a ‘build-to-think’ approach. Projects were exhibited in groups according to the chosen strategy, demonstrating the interconnectedness of multiple strategies for sustainability. Design ideas exhibited were packed with initiatives to change and invigorate systems of production. The students’ fresh-thinking proposed challenges and solutions for an industry that is highly responsive to technological innovation, but needs the courage of creative freedom to become more sustainable.

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Catherine Taylor – Adaptable Outerwear

Selected, leading textiles industry guests attended the exhibition opening. Sandy MacLennan (East Central Studios) was invited to evaluate the work for the excellence of research, process and product outcome and present prizes. A series of ‘honourable mentions’ were also announced to reflect the wide range of brilliant ideas demonstrated at the exhibition.

1st Prize: 

Mimi Kerpel - ‘The Plastic Age’

Runners Up:

Catherine Taylor - ‘UNISEX’

Leah Kahn - ‘Patterned Wood’

Honourable Mentions:

Liv Barnes – ‘Everything but the kitchen sink’

Sangyoon Chung – ‘Reconstruct the image’

Lottie Field – ‘Leather’

Catarina Fraga – ‘Camera-less photography’

Mila Harris-Mussi – ‘Para; Wrap the body against’

Georgina Wood – ‘Composite’

Hannah Shaw – ‘TROES’

Olivia Murray – ‘Where the wild things are’

Textile Toolbox at Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York


The Textile Toolbox Pop- Up exhibition will open in the Pomerantz Art and Design Centre at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York. The exhibition runs from June 8 to 19, 2015, and will be on view during FIT’s Summer Institute Sustainability and Textiles conference, from June 8 to 11.

Professor Becky Earley will speak at the conference with other speakers including Manufacture New York, Loomstate, Nature Works and Eileen Fisher. The talk on Wednesday, June 10, will be followed up by a panel for an opportunity to interact directly with our attendees. In the afternoon, Professor Becky Earley will run a The TEN workshop.

The full Summer Institute program is available here.


The Fashion Institute of Technology

Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center

Seventh Avenue at 27 Street

New York City

Exhibition Dates

June 8-19, 2015

Textile Toolbox in Uppsala

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In May the Textile Toolbox Pop-up exhibition travelled with TED’s junior researcher Josefin Landalv to Upplandsmuseet in Sweden. The regions craft organization was celebrating their 100-year jubilee with a summer exhibition made by local craft talents.

The title of the exhibition is Craft is Life, and the pieces were inspired by the museum archives. Its main objectives are to question why we do craft today and illustrate craft as it exists in the present day. The crafters’ response is displayed under the themes: material, shape, the home, the human body and activism.

Josefin’s Textile Toolbox exhibit Sweaver is part of the exhibition. The piece, which is a sample collection woven out of Swedish post consumer textile waste and TENCEL yarn, suggests a service between Swedish hand weavers and its consumers. Sweden does not currently recycle any textile waste and most of it is incinerated. Through this proposed service and skilled craftsmanship textile waste could get a second life instead of going up in flames.

After the exhibition launch the visitors were invited to listen to a talk in the auditorium about the Textile Toolbox project. The Textile Toolbox Exhibition is a collection of ten pieces created by the TED researchers in collaboration with scientists, academics and professionals for the end of the first phase of the MISTRA Future Fashion Project. The different exhibition pieces create a toolkit of instructions, which aim to assist textile designers to make better-informed decisions that lead to more sustainable products.

Following the talk there was time for the audience to have a closer look at the exhibits and ask questions. The main feedback from the spectators was that the Textile Toolbox content made them feel more aware of the issues when creating sustainable textiles and inspired them to do something about it. The crowd, who were mostly members of the local craft organisation found that Strategy 1 – Design to Minimize Waste and Strategy 6 – Design that Takes Models from Nature and History, were particularly relevant for their own practice. Great interest was also shown for the aesthetics and the DIY personalisation aspects of Professor Becky Earley’s upcycled polyester top Fast Refashion. A number of the crafters also said they would be interested in a national upcycling service such as Sweaver.

Holistic Fashion Design book chapter

Fashion Design for the Curious

Professor Becky Earley and PhD researcher Clara Vuletich have co-authored a peer reviewed chapter for the book ‘Fashion Design for the Curious: Why Study Fashion Design’. The book is now available on Amazon ebooks. The publication is for college students, best college majors, college scholarships, educational research, career choices and success stories.

Earley’s and Vuletich’s chapter titled ‘HOLISTIC FASHION DESIGN: My Inner Outer Journey – Elin Lindquist’s Acceptance Speech for the Noble Peace Prize in 2030′ is available to read on

Textile Toolbox at Borås Fashion Textile Centre

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Professor Becky Earley is the keynote speaker at a seminar organised by SP, the Technical Research Institute of Sweden, at Borås Textile Fashion Centre on 27th of April. The talk was part of ”The forest on the catwalk” event that focused on textiles and fashion from Swedish innovation. Moderated by the MISTRA Future Fashion communication manager Sigrid Barnekow, the event included speakers Mats Westin, Anna Palme, Mikael Lindström, Hans Grundberg and Kristina Elg Christoffersson.

What is needed to make the Swedish forest industry the fashion industry’s main supplier of raw materials? Today, research is ongoing in all parts of the supply chain, and examples abound of how forests can be converted into clothing. In an era of climate change we are changing the field in which new innovations are made through the encounter of different disciplines. What are the barriers for achieving a sustainable future economy? One thing we can be certain of is that the future garment production will not look like today.

Since five years SP has invited all industrial customers and collaboration partners to an annual event with presentations of exciting research projects, workshops and interactive exhibitions. This year SP organised six events each with a different theme, including MedTech, transport and automotive, and textiles.

Professor Earley’s keynote speech included the first catwalk show of the garments of the Textile Toolbox exhibition. Attendees were invited to interact with the samples and garment prototypes at the Textile Toolbox Pop Up show set up by Professor Becky Earley and Miriam Ribul in the Borås Textile Fashion Centre.

EAD 11 – The Value of Design Research


Professor Becky Earley is in Paris this week to present a paper at ‘EAD 11 – The Value of Design Research’, the 11th International European Academy of Design conference. The paper titled ‘A New ‘T’ for Textiles: Training Design Researchers to Inspire Buying Office Staff Towards Sustainability at Hennes & Mauritz (H&M)‘ is co-authored by Professor Becky Earley, Phil Hadridge and MISTRA PhD researchers Kirsti Reitan Andersen and Clara Vuletich.

The themes of the conference are:

  • Excellence in Design Research
  • Interdisciplinary Innovation
  • Towards more Human Value in Society
  • Design Research Value for Organisations


More information on the conference is available on the EAD website.

ENSAD Conference: Forging the Future

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TED Senior Research Fellow, Dr Kate Goldsworthy is presenting a paper entitled ‘Designing for a circular fashion economy: technology, collaboration and creativity’ at the 2015 ‘Forging the Future’ Conference Series at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts Decoratifs (ENSAD) in Paris. The series of 9 lectures looks at how design and science can work together towards an ecologically minded future.

Alternating thinking and actors from the realms of science, economics, politics, culture and creativity including high-profile sustainable design academics Prof Jonathan Chapman and Alastair Fuad-Luke, the series unfolds in two main chapters;

Firstly, what do we understand by ‘an ecological practice’? What are its social, ethical, economic and political operating modes and conditions? Which urgent issues must it address today to be able to act meaningfully tomorrow?

Secondly, which current research projects, conducted in the arts, design or sciences have the potential to re-imagine an ecology that is in line with urban dynamics? What kind of knowledge do these projects contain and how might they build on one another towards a constructive outcome?

The full lecture series will be available to view on the conference website at

Chelsea MA Textile Design Graduate wins SCAP award

Rhiannon Hunt SCAP AWARD

We are thrilled to announce that MA Chelsea Textile design graduate Rhiannon Hunt won the first SCAP award for ‘extending the life of clothing’. We have featured Rhiannon’s graduate work on our TED website as part of our TED Selects 2014 of the MA Textile Design Chelsea postgraduate show. We were delighted by her MA collection of sustainable materials and dyes that she developed into an online materials library. For the SCAP award she developed a new collection that demonstrates different strategies to extend the emotional attachment of garments.

The winner was announced during a SCAP networking event for signatories and supporters on 12 March. The judging for the ‘Extending the LIfe of Clothes Design Award‘ received 13 high quality entries. All innovative and inspirational finalist entries are featured on the Award website. Drapers, and the Twitter hashtag #ELCaward generated large interest for this new and relevant Award for sustainable fashion.


The TEN sustainable design strategies workshop – Adhocism project

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TED researchers worked with all stage 2 BA Textile Design students at Chelsea for a The TEN strategies workshop in March. The team lead a brainstorming session for the Adhocism project where the students evaluated their practice through the lens of one selected sustainable design strategy.

Each group was lead by an expert that facilitated the discussion around a set of The TEN strategies:

  1. Kate Goldsworthy: TT1&2
  2. Kay Politowicz: TT1&2
  3. Helen Paine: TT3&4&5
  4. Philippa Wagner: TT6
  5. Josefin Landalv: TT8
  6. Miriam Ribul: TT6&9&10
  7. Bridget Harvey: TT6&9&10

The results of the workshop highlighted how the students recognise a layered approach to their designs, demonstrating how they already apply multiple strategies for sustainability when designing. The groups also presented the opportunities that emerge through sharing and collaborating.