Stephen Walters & Central Saint Martins 2nd Year Woven Textile Design Students Collaborate on Spitalfields Research Project

By 15th May 2020 No Comments

Congratulations to Lara Pain, Josephine Lantieri and Kate Winning, three second year Weave students from the BA (Hons) Textile Design course at Central Saint Martins London, University of The Arts London who jointly won first place in a design competition set and judged by Stephen Walters.

The project brief set by Stephen Walters to coincide with their 300th anniversary was based on the Spitalfields area of London where the company was first established in 1720.  The students were encouraged to focus on the theme of ‘Urban Movement’ and visit the area to conduct their initial research and study the history and diverse cultures that have thrived there over the years.

As part of the brief the students were set the task of creating concept woven fabrics for men’s suiting’s and jacketing as well as developing a digital tie design all drawing in their inspiration and research around Spitalfields.

The students were not only assessed on their final fabric presentations, which were all woven on table top 8 shaft looms, but their overall approach to the brief, including hand drawn sketches, market research and visualisations of how their fabrics would appear in menswear products and accessories.

The judging panel were impressed by the high level of creativity and innovative approach adopted by all the students who incorporated a wide range of techniques and different yarns and weave combinations that were applied in their final pieces.  The thought and consideration they had given to the brief was evident in their individual presentations to the panel which were conducted digitally and remotely due to the outbreak of Coronavirus in the UK.

Both faculty and students deserve a huge amount of credit for their work and were deservedly proud of the results.  The three winners will see their hand-woven designs developed in to fabric woven on jacquard looms as a prize.

Stephen Walters would also like to thank Diana Kakkar from Maes London who joined Ceri Yates, Molly Hayden and Dominick Addison to judge the students work and Philippa Brock, Woven Textile Pathway Leader, Kirsty McDougall and Andrew Stevenson, Associate Lectures who worked with the students, alongside Linsay Robinson and Ayse Simesek Technicians.