Last week I was lucky enough to attend a sneak preview of the work of the 24 new graduates representing the best of the UK colleges' textile design talent. Selected, sponsored, mentored and nurtured by the team at Texprint, an organisation that provides new graduates with the opportunity to showcase their work on an international platform providing that much sought after exposure to the industry. As an ex-texprinter myself I can't speak highly enough of their invaluable support and I'm sure this year's selection will feel the same.
Once again Texprint didn't fail to impress, but here's my top 3 pick of the textile crop! All of the work can be seen at Indigo, part of Première Vision Pluriel, Paris from 17-19 September 2013.
A graduate of the Royal College of Art, her painterly approach to embroidery reflects her background in Fine Art (prior to the RCA she studied sculpture at Goldsmiths college). Seeing the garment like a canvas and the thread, her paint her collection was inspired by paintings in the National Gallery. The result is an exquisite and poetic portfolio of over printed embroideries.
Employing machine embroidery, cross stitch, quilting, laser cutting and digital print Pepe layers the techniques creating a raw, fragile and elegant collection that beautifies decay. I love the bomber jacket and her chic twist on camouflage. See more of her work here
A graduate of the fashion print course at Central Saint Martins Minnan is interested in the 3-dimensionality of the garment from all angles. Equally her unconventional use of bugle beads and contrasting coloured threads have lead to an array of other worldly sculptural formations and accessories. See more of her work here.
Her experimental approach and theatrical results have given her a following early on in her career; look out for Lady Gaga wearing one of Hui's creations in her upcoming music video.