Saturday, 27 November 2010

Highlights from the Knitted Textile Awards 2010

Jacob Oram
Extremely large, over the top chunky knits by Jacob Oram ex of Colchester School of Art and Design, the knit seems to be growing and almost becoming an organic mass engulfing the wearer.

Rachel Mary Walsh

Rachel Mary Walsh showed her work inspired by the linear qualities she recognises in city features such as street alleys, brickwork, silhouettes and skylines.
Rachel ex of Huddersfield University creates knitted drawings displayed in the form of hangings and resin tiles. She has a great blog all about knit that you can see here

Deryn Relph

The Overal Prize Winner was Deryn Relph ex of Winchester School of Art  showed ‘Retro Rainbow Rejuvenation’ which as she says "exploits the properties of knitted textiles and a variety of techniques to explore the possibilities of reinventing interiors."
you can find out more about Deryn here

Sophie Strickson

Sophie Strickson ex of Birmingham Institute of Art and Design has created a fantastic collection of contemporary knitted cushions with dimensional surfaces with a colour palette to follow trends for S/S 2011.

Harriet Clinch

I loved this grizzly Bear faced knitwear collect from Harriet Clinch

Orawee Choedamphai

Orawee Choedamphai ex of Buckingham New University has made a  series of three-dimensional knitted ornaments inspired by Lego that could be linked together to form bigger structures. She produces these amazing pieces by working with unconventional materials such as wire and cable ties.
You can see more of her work here

Knitted Textile Awards 2010

One of the highlights at the Knit and Stitch show was the Knitted Textile Awards 2010.
Graduate student knit innovation was showcased in what was an eclectic and innovative collection.
You can find out more about the finalists and contact them here

Thermofax Printing

On show at the Knit and Stitch show in Harrogate Thermofax Printing.
This could be a solution for those wannabe printers out there with no access to print facilities.
Your designs can be sent to Thermofax and screens will be sent back to you by post, they are paper thin and much more storable than traditional screens.

Thermo-Fax or Thermofax is a photocopying technology developed by 3M in the 1950s and later marketed as a method of producing transparencies for overhead projectors. Modern technology has made the machines largely redundant for their original uses but textile artists and tattoo artists now use them to produce textile screens and tattoo stencils respectively. Original machines are rare but new machines are now being manufactured in Germany. The screens supplied by Thermofax Screens are made using a modern machine. The process is particularly good for reproducing images or textural marks that would be difficult or very expensive to produce with other screen methods

The screens come in various sizes and they have a wide selection of water based inks available. 
You can have a look at their products here

Max. image sizeFrame size
11cm x 6cmMini (plastic)
18cm x 9cmSmall (plastic)
24cm x 16cmMedium (plastic)
38cm x 25cmLarge (metal)

Thursday, 28 October 2010

Alice Kettle - Telling Tales

Alice Kettles wonderful embroidered textiles, ceramics and sculptures are on show at Manchesters  Gallery of Costume, Platt Hall until 31st December 2010

 Alice has drawn from the collection at the Gallery of Costume to create this body of work, she was especially fascinated by a collection of gloves and images found in a photo album.

 Alice describes Platt Hall as a treasure trove, awe inspiring and magical.

Find out more about Alice Kettles work here

Maxine Sutton - embroidered and printed textiles

 Maxine Sutton's embroidered and printed textiles were on show at The great Northern Craft fair. Her quirky illustrations adorned a variety of products, from lampshades to teacosys and embroidered lavender hearts.

You can see more of Maxines work and visit her online shop here

Drawings in Thread by Debbie Smyth

 Debbie Smyth draws directly onto walls with thread and pins. This work is on show at Manchester Craft Centre until October 30th, so if you want to see it, you'll have to be quick.

You can find out more about debbie and see photos of her making this work here