CraftNet (Part 2)

>>> Following on from my first post for CraftNet (The Crafts Council and Smiths Row presentation) the second speaker who talked to us that afternoon was Freddie Robins.

>>> Her talk focussed on textile design education and some of her 2011 RCA (Royal College of Art) textile design students. She wanted to give us a sample of graduates across the Textile Design to show the diversity of work that students are now producing under the umbrella of Textiles.

>>> Freddie talked about Interdisciplinary education in textiles – crossing areas and projects, has become much more popular. In the RCA History of Design students are networking together with the Textile Design students and can collaborate on projects.

>>> The first student mentioned was Marie Parsons, graduate of the RCA 2011. Her work made use of plastics, alongside traditional embroidery and quilting techniques.>>> Marie describes her work as “Pushing the boundaries of design and textiles, I create distinctive pieces by combining unexpected materials and technological processes in innovative ways.
I aspire to challenge the conventional perception of textiles and their application, creating unique, bespoke fabrics and surfaces suitable for high-end fashion accessories and interiors.
With stitch as a principal inspiration, I have reinter-preted traditional quilting and reverse appliqué techniques in a super-modern way by juxtaposing hard and soft surfaces, using digital embroidery and laser cutting.”>>> Marie was nominated for the Texprint 2011 Awards and accepted a job with Jaguar and is now designing car interiors.

>>> Freddie noted also that students are looking more and more at becoming named designer/makers, not hidden and just part of the process. They want to be involved from the start through to finished product and credited for that.

>>> Jungeun Lee was the next student to be shown. Jungeun creates textiles by wrapping synthetic fibre and yarns around forms and heating them to create plyable fabrics and garments.>>> Jungeun specialised in Mixed Media Textiles “I have been experimenting and researching unconventional methods of creating garments. The technique I have developed can also be applied to creating products. Wrapping synthetic fibre around a desired form or chosen objects fascinates me. Through a heating process, wound fibre transforms itself into a 3D-moulded garment, bringing expected and unexpected sculptural silhouettes.”
You can see more of Jungeun’s work and collaborations at

>>> Andrew Kenny is concerned with creating textiles which the users will want to keep for longer. Bespoke designs that will build an emotional connection to the wearer. His experimental RCA Masters work explored digital embroidery and drawing using a pen which has replaced the needle in the embroidery machine.>>> “In the surface design of these textiles, I aim to build an emotional relationship with the end user. Analysing information publicly available on a person’s Facebook page enables me to build up a visual impression of that person. Through drawing, print and embroidery this can be interpreted into textiles that contain emotional connections.” You can find out more about Andrews work at

>>> Eva Malschaert comes from a furniture design background. She specialised in Mixed Media Textiles and creates interactive textiles and products. She likes the tactile experiences and wants to engage with the user through touch and feel.

>>> In her words “With my work I want to open eyes to the material world. I want to touch people, awaken the senses and encourage others not only to see but also to feel; to create moments of real physical contact. For me, textiles provide the natural materials to create moments that generate an inquisitive response and encourage engagement and joy. It is a broad-ranging discipline based on material exploration, colour and tactile experience. By using these tangible qualities, I aim to make work that triggers an emotional response, work that can be touched and that touches you back!
” For more info on Eva please visit her website

>>> I’ll be back with Part 3 of CraftNet very soon, featuring the third speaker on the day – Richard Humphries and his interesting and enlightening story through the history of silk weaving in the South of England. Something as a weaver myself I am ashamed to say I knew very little about!


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