Staff Profile, Textile Design

TD BCU-Fashion-Textiles-268 Kate Farley 10What did you study at University?
I studied Printed Textiles and Surface Design in the mid 1990s. It was a great time for me to explore drawing as well as establishing my own design process, alongside practical print skills.I then studied for an MA in Book Art. This enabled me to develop my design approach in a fine art context, and combine my interest in visual communication and narratives / sequential design which still remains at the forefront of my practice.
What are you career highlights?
In education my career moment has to be now, as Course Director of BA (Hons) Textile Design, working with a really committed team to deliver the best degree course we can. I’ve just received my Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, that recognises my contribution to learning and teaching in Higher Education and this couldn’t have been achieved without this team. As a Designer I’ve worked on so many diverse projects, from designing artwork to be made in gravel, for three large roof-scapes on Birmingham’s QE hospital, to making books that have been bought by the Tate, and creating bespoke patterns for products with the Barbican Centre. I have enjoyed them all and learned lots at the time. Most recently having my designs on posters across the London underground network and in the London Transport Museum shop and archive feels hard to beat.

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Graduates, Textile Design

Interviewed by Sophie Hawkesford – Print Designer
BA (Hons) Textile Design Graduate 2014
I took some time to catch up with Textile Design Graduate, B R O N A G H  T E A G U E , to discuss her exciting, international career in South East Asia.
B R O N A G H  graduated in 2 0 1 4, specialising in Constructed Textiles and has gone from strength to strength in the silk weaving industry, working for design giants Jim Thompson and Soie de Lune.

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Since graduating what industry experiences / roles have you had?
After graduating from the Textile Design course, specialising in Constructed Textiles I moved to Laos, South East Asia to work as a Textile Designer and Business Development consultant at  S O I E  D E  L U N E , a silk hand-weaving business that provides luxurious textiles to interior designers. Inspired by native Laotian designs and textures, I was immediately drawn to the exquisite level of hand-weaving that I’d never quite seen before.

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Fashion Design, Graduates

By Sophie Hawkesford – Print Designer
BA (Hons) Textile Design Graduate 2014
R O S I E  D E N N I N G T O N, a graduate of our School of Fashion and Textiles has showcased her  ‘ W A N D E R L U S T ’  bridal wear collection at London Fashion Week for the first time, featuring a diverse range of models. image1

 

A F T E R  graduating in 2013, specialising in Fashion Design and a pathway in Performance , Rosie joined the Prince’s Trust to help increase her Rosie Red Corsetry and Couture business opportunities – she highly recommends their Enterprise Course. As a result of her involvement with the charity, Rosie, one of ten applicants chosen by the youth charity, was able to make her bridal wear catwalk debut.

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Graduates, Textile Design

Interviewed by Sophie Hawkesford – Print Designer
BA (Hons) Textile Design Graduate 2014
In the wake of her recent win at the London Design Awards, I caught up with Textile Design Graduate, K A T E  H O L L O W O O D, who creates bespoke sculptural lighting and vessels from her studio in Royal Leamington Spa, to see how her eponymous brand has developed since graduating in 2014.
Kate developed her composite material ‘ M A T  R I X ‘ during a six week period of experimentation, whilst in her final year at Birmingham City University, specialising in Print. Testing and application led her to develop this material further to create a statement lampshade – a commission specifically for display on the collaborative  G L O B A L  C O L O R  R E S E A R C H  stand at the Interiors Show NEC, Birmingham, in 2014. Kate’s Matrix material and products continue to evolve, demonstrating thoughtful consideration for colour, form and contemporary design. Each of Kate’s pieces are made to order and as such all are unique and individual. Kate works carefully with her clients to identify aesthetic and practical requirements, to create striking and functional statement pieces for home and commercial interiors.
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Fashion Branding and Communication, Staff Profile

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What did you study at University?
I studied for my degree in BA (Hons) Fashion and Textiles at Ravensbourne in London. I decided to take the plunge and start my own fashion brand when I graduated as it is something I had always wanted to do. This was a great success and I took it to a fashion boutique on central London Carnaby Street, and with concessions in Topshop and Debenhams.
I am currently undertaking an MA in Visual Communication at BCU, this is a great opportunity to extend my knowledge and add to my skill set. I am specialising in brand experience and just undertook a brand audit project for Francesco, the hairdressing group.
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Fashion Business and Promotion, Fashion Design, Graduates, Student

By Kyri Kallis-Panesar
First year BA (Hons) Fashion Business and Promotion student
Last Saturday I was fortunate enough to be offered the opportunity to attend a catwalk show by BA (Hons) Fashion Design graduates who took to the runway at Birmingham New Street Station. Directed by the internationally acclaimed Birmingham City University alumnus Lee Lapthorne, the catwalk featured twelve collections of high-end fashion produced by BCU students.
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Fashion Design, Graduates, News

By Sophie Hawkesford – Print Designer
BA (Hons) Textile Design Graduate 2014
Last month BCU Fashion Design graduate, Rhys Ellis, unveiled his Spring / Summer 2018 collection ‘White Horses’ at London’s Dray Walk Gallery.
Since graduating in 2016 and showing his coffee capsule collection at Graduate Fashion Week, Rhys has enjoyed a high level of success and exposure, including exhibiting his work at Selfridges Birmingham and The Clothes Show Live. Rhys chose to debut his second collection in an intimate presentation opposite the Old Truman Brewery, the venue where his first collection was so well-received. After the success of his first collection I jumped at the chance to go and see how Rhys has developed his practise and the impression he is making in the fashion world.
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Student, Textile Design

By Katie Turton
Final year BA (Hons) Textile Design
Head shotThe opportunity to write a guest blog for Scarlet Opus, who specialise in consumer and design trend forecasting, came during my second year when we got to our work placement module.
The module is all about finding a 4-week work placement. Whilst at first this felt like a daunting task of finding somewhere that would take me on, the more I searched the further I got. My interests lie within the interior trend forecasting industry, so I contacted many companies asking for the opportunity of a placement, until I secured one at a trend forecasting company up in Newcastle.
However, one other company, Scarlet Opus, also got in touch to say that wasn’t the right timing for a placement with them,  but that they were very much interested in staying in touch with me after seeing my digital portfolio!
So, why did I contact the company again over summer?
I decided that because Scarlet Opus had offered to stay in touch with me, it was only right for me to take them up on this chance. I think it’s important to grab opportunities with both hands and take them whilst you can, so over the summer I took photos of the new work I had completed since first emailing Scarlet Opus and made a new digital portfolio for them to view.
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