Future Fabrics Expo 2014

Future Fabrics Expo

The Sustainable Angle has been busy this year, researching and sourcing new sustainable innovations, and developing their online sourcing tool with more sustainable fabrics and processes.

The Future Fabrics Virtual Expo is now updated and enhanced with extra features and content and to give a sneak preview ahead of the 4th Future Fabrics Expo, next taking place on 28th-30th September 2014, London.

Register here to see a diverse overview of sustainable fabrics, from organic cotton denim, knits and wovens, British wool, and sustainable silks, to linen and organic cotton blends, and low impact leather.

TED Selects 2014

TED awarded four graduates of the MA Textile Design course at Chelsea College of Arts with the TED Selects price 2014. All students demonstrated high expertise with applying strategies for sustainable design to their final projects. This year’s graduates from the MA Textile Design course demonstrate a varied skill-set to promote sustainability through their work and we highly recommend to visit the show before it closes on Friday this week.

TED selects 2014 Sor Zheng 400

Sor Zheng‘s background in interior design has influenced her final print collection. Questioning the practice of a pattern designer in the fashion industry, she was inspired by an item titled ‘Wallpaper Sandwiches’ at the MODA Museum, showing overlaid wallpapers that told a story about a place. Aiming to achieve the same storytelling element and depth in her prints, she created a layered print collection with a zero waste and up-cycling approach. The garment shapes are derived from the fishing trade in her native region in China, and the beautiful outcomes add an emotional and durable quality to textiles that can be used for fashion and interiors.

TED Selects 2014 Lijia Tang 400 

Lija Tang‘s work titled ‘Animal Abuse’ reflects an activist approach for ethical production. Following reports on animal cruelty, she wanted to flag up the issue through her prints. With skilled craft she invested time to produce detailed drawings that she digitally printed on textiles. Hoping that the wearer would contribute to sharing the story about animals abuse, she created simple garment shapes as a canvas for her elaborate prints. Her drawings are also translated into embroidery through the collaboration with a hand-stitching bureau in China to create haptic representations.

TED Selects 2014_Rhiannon Hunt_400

Rhiannon Hunt is an environmental scientist as background. She won the Neal’s Yard Remedies MA Textile Design Scholarship and developed the project with their support. Her collection demonstrates innovative applications for agricultural food waste streams. Exploring ancient fibres and new textile developments, she has achieved to employ a wide range of sustainable materials in her work. Visit her website to see how she explored each material to create a sustainable fashion collection.

TED Selects 2014 Rosamund Hanny 400

Rosamund Hanny set up a textile bureau for ethical textile prints. As a platform, her ‘Ethical Textile Print Room‘ aims to share the work of sustainable textile designers. Beautifully made, her degree show pieces make a point about sustainability in an engaging way. She applies the same approach of aesthetic quality in the selected projects on her web-platform, and found a way to promote ideas for sustainable design through communication pieces and good design.

Kay Politowicz appointed Professor Emeritus at UAL

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We are thrilled to announce that Kay Politowicz has been appointed Professor Emeritus at the University of the Arts London. The title of Professor Emeritus of Textile Design at Chelsea College of Arts has been confered to Kay at a ceremony on 14th of July at the Royal Festival Hall. The title is effective immediately since Kay retired from UAL this year, and recognises the distinction with which she has served the University. As vigorous team member of the TED research group, she is still contributing to the outcomes of the MISTRA Future Fashion project and to the upcoming Textiletoolbox online exhibition launching in November.

This is an excerpt from the introduction by Professor Becky Earley at Kay’s Professorial Platform lecture in June 2013:

Kay has been an inspirational teaching and research leader in the field of textile design over the last thirty years. She led the team that built the textile design course at Chelsea from the BTec course in 1982, into the excellent BA course it has become today. In 1996 she co-founded the Textiles Environment Design (TED) research group, which is now a key platform with the UAL’s Textile Futures Research Centre (TFRC). Both achievements are highly regarded in the field of textile design in the international arena today, particularly in terms of creativity and originality.


It is that same vision that recognised in the mid 1990’s the need for the teaching team to become more aware of the environmental impacts of the industry. The TED group specifically aimed to educate and inspire both the lecturers and the students. When Kay moved from full time course direction into research in 2008 TED inevitably flourished. In 2010 Kay co-authored TED’s TEN, a set of design tactics that guide the textile designer through the complex terrain of sustainability. The TEN have been developed from our collaborative work in teaching, research and enterprise, and are now being used to probe the industry to seek workable ideas for systemic change.


See the full video of the Professorial Platform lecture here and read the publication on the UAL Research Issuu account.

Chelsea College of Arts Postgraduate Summer Show 2014

Chelsea Postgraduate Summer Show

The Postgraduate Summer Show at Chelsea College of Arts will be open from 5th to 12th of September. Catch the ‘up and coming’ artists and designers of tomorrow at the Chelsea College of Arts Postgraduate Summer Show, featuring work by graduating students from the following courses:

▪   MA Fine Art

▪   MA Graphic Design Communication

▪   MA Interior & Spatial Design

▪   MA Textile Design

▪   MRes Arts Practice


The show is open to general public:

Saturday 6th September: 11am – 5pm

Monday 8th September – Friday 12th September: 10am – 8pm



Chelsea College of Arts

16 John Islip Street, London


UAL PhD Open Evening

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University of the Arts London would like to invite prospective research degree applicants to an open evening on Monday 20th of October from 6pm to find out more about Research Degrees at UAL and to meet staff and students involved with the research degree programme across the 6 colleges; CCW Graduate School (Chelsea College of Arts, Camberwell College of Arts, and Wimbledon College of Arts), Central Saint Martins, London College of Communication, London College of Fashion).

Existing and recently completed students will give presentations from 18.00 followed by an opportunity for you to network and ask questions. UAL Research Centres, UAL Special Collections and Archive, Postgraduate Community, Student Enterprise and Employability [‘SEE’] and UAL’s Library Services will also be in attendance.

Information about funding opportunities will be available. UAL are part of two successful consortium bids with the AHRC for Doctoral research.

Research Degrees are supported in subject areas such as:

  • fine art, graphic, product, interior and spatial design,
  • fashion, textiles, historical and cultural studies, printing
  • technology, theatre design, media and communication studies and conservation.

University of the Arts London is a vibrant world-centre for innovation, drawing together six colleges with international reputations in art, design, fashion, communications and performing arts.

This is a UAL-wide event hosted at London College of Fashion on Monday 20th of October from 6pm – 8pm.

For further information on Research Degrees at UAL visit our web pages here.

Tweet to us at @ResearchUAL or use #PhDOpenEvening for any questions you may like to ask on the night and we’ll find out the answers for you.

Please RSVP.

All Makers Now?

Kate Goldsworthy is presenting a paper on ‘Visions for Future Manufacturing’ at All Makers Now? Craft Values in 21st Century Production, a 2-day conference organised by the award winning Autonomatic Research Group, based at Falmouth University, on the 10th-11th July 2014.

All Makers Now?, will raise questions about how, where and why the complex and subtly nuanced characteristics of craft merge with those of digital production, rapid prototyping and the superfast information highway. A vision of a world in which anyone can be a maker and an entrepreneur raises questions about the value of craft in 21st century production, enabling an exploration of its significance within a variety of disciplines and communities, and opening up new perspectives on its role in facing current social, economic and environmental challenges. Aimed at makers and researchers of all shapes and codes including hackers, crafters, inventors, designers, economists, curators and critical theorists, this two day conference will explore craft values, traditional making processes and novel forms of engagement, participation and interaction in digital and material cultures.

All Makers Now?

10-11 July 2014,

Falmouth University, Penryn Campus, Cornwall


Resilience – The New Research Frontier

Professor Becky Earley has co-authored a conference paper that was presented at the 20th Annual International Sustainable Development Research Conference (ISDR) ‘Resilience – The New Research Frontier‘, in Trondheim, Norway, this June.

The paper titled ‘Design Thinking for Sustainability; A Case Study of a Research Project between H&M and the Textiles Environment Design Project’ was co-authored with Kirsti Reitan Andersen from project 1 in the MISTRA Future Fashion consortium. The paper focused on the bespoke training program that TED developed and delivered for H&M in 2013.

Ezio Manzini was one of the keynote speakers at the conference. He is running the Cultures of Resilience project at CSM, which Professor Becky Earley and Professor Carole Collet are part of.

Growing a Circular Economy: Parliamentary Inquiry

Kate Goldsworthy was invited recently to give evidence at the Environmental Audit Committee’s inquiry into ‘Growing a Circular Economy’. Other witnesses called at the meeting included Professor Rob Holdway, Director, Giraffe Innovation Ltd; Sophie Thomas, Director, The Great Recovery, RSA; Ramon Arratia, Sustainability Director, Interface Carpets; Matthew Bulley, Managing Director, Caterpillar Remanufacturing; and Mike Barry, Director of Sustainable Business, Marks & Spencer.

In recent years, there has been a growing discussion of resource efficiency, the ‘circular economy’ and the economic and environmental benefits of maximising the value of resources beyond the life of a product. The Environmental Audit Committee aims to examine the issues surrounding building a circular economy, building a case for transforming the approach to waste, and growing a ‘circular economy’

▪   The potential economic value of resources contained in ‘waste’

▪   The key domestic and international links and resource value chains

▪   The environmental benefits of the circular economy (including design to reduce, re-use, repair/remanufacture and recycling or composting)

▪   The potential benefits of alternative business models, including leasing and design for re-use

▪   The barriers to ‘circular’ business models

Written evidence can be accessed through the committee’s website.

The full transcript of the session can be seen here.

BA Textile Design Graduate Show 2014

This year’s Graduates from the BA Textile Design course at Chelsea College of Arts equally demonstrate modernity, professionalism and material exploration. The excellent output is linked to an awareness of sustainability and material impacts.

Dora Burns’ work explores co-design by working with people on her allotment. Dora explored five recipes for collaborative local pattern making, including found materials and resist prints with dyes grown and foraged. The stories and the process are documented on her blog. Through this process she wanted to explore how patterns can be used to capture a fleeting moment related to a place or to the personality of a person.

Another graduate, Mario Zhou, incorporated backpacks in garments. He said that the FLEX project, using ‘The TEN’ TED sustainable strategies in his second year, was significant in changing the approach to designing in their group.

The work this year is very focused on experiments with new materials and 3-dimensionality. Sports geometrics reflectives by Lucy Poulden featured next to day-glow features by Lucy Hardcastle whereas Ji Chen’s work explores his woven fabrics bonded onto neoprene structures.

The degree projects aim to engage us in different ways, and spatial installations feature equally next to fashion collections. Abby Bucknall created a space with orbs & lasered polyesters to re-engage our senses to truly understand and appreciate what textures feel like in reality in our increasingly digitised lives.

Seeing digital as material is a very interesting concept explored by Honami Nishii. Printing computer files as textile reliefs, she was inspired by how digital technology is influenced by our lives. In her graduate collection, data is a material with very special qualities: it is flexible, it can not age, and we can output it anytime. Using digital icons as print patterns, she imagined what materiality these intangible elements have.

Intangible elements become also visible in the fashion collection by Sabrina Shah Hakim. Titled ‘Controlled Chaos’, her material experimentation uses a water spray to demonstrate patterns that would be revealed on a raincoat.

These examples from the show and other inventive applications of both new and old material processes, demonstrate the graduating students’ awareness of the many contemporary contexts for textile design.

An overview of all projects from the degree show is available on the Chelsea Textile Design website.

Chelsea College of Arts Undergraduate Summer Show 2014

We hope you can make it to celebrate the work of the 2014 designers at the Chelsea College of Arts Undergraduate Summer Show, featuring work by graduating students from BA Textiles as well as from the courses BA Fine Art, BA Graphic Design Communication, BA Interior & Spatial Design, FdA Interior Design, BA Textile Design, Graduate Diploma Interior Design.

The BA Textile Design degree show includes work across print, weave, knit and stitch. This year they have explored a wide range of applications for textiles including fashion, interiors, spatial contexts such as installations, sculpture, object-based product, digital projection and interactive design.

Open to general public:

Saturday 14th June – Sunday 15th June: 11am – 5pm

Monday 16th June – Friday 20th June: 10am – 8pm

Saturday 21st June: 11am – 5pm

Chelsea College of Arts
16 John Islip Street