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Woven Textile Designer Award 2017

Knockando Woolmill's New Woven Textile Designer competition sought to uncover the best of new textile design talent, students and recent graduates were invited to submit innovative and contemporary designs that push boundaries.

The competition was open for entries from 30th August and closed at midnight on 7th October. Six designs were chosen by a judging panel consisting of the team at the Mill, Anna Freemantle, director of the Edinburgh International Fashion Festival, and James Sugden.

The winning design was chosen by a top judging panel as part of this year's Edinburgh International Fashion Festival and was announced at Scotland Re:Designed annual awards and runway showcase in Glasgow on 9th November.

Recent graduate Jessica Cutler, who studied Textiles in Practice at Manchester School of Art and graduated in July 2017, was presented the award for her design ‘Devon Seasons’. Jessica said: “I’m delighted to have won this award. It was a great evening at such a great venue. Glasgow’s an amazing city – it’s got such a vibrant creative scene which seems to be really well supported. Thanks again to everyone involved for this opportunity. I’m looking forward to working with Knockando Woolmill and can’t wait to see the finished product!”

A shortlist of entries were presented to the stellar judging panel, which featured renowned names in fashion and textiles.

Fleet Bigwood, pathway tutor for the MA Textiles for Fashion at Central Saint Martins who has provided print design consultations for brands such as Stella McCartney, Donna Karan, Lee Alexander McQueen and Louise Wilson.

Alistair O’Neill, Reader in Fashion History and Theory at Central Saint Martins who’s recent curatorial projects include co- curating SHOWstudio: Fashion Revolution (2009) and
Valentino: Master of Couture (2012).

Fabio Piras, Course Director at Central Saint Martins who brings twenty years of international industry experience, enjoying a successful career in both creative direction and consultancy for luxury fashion brands in Europe and China.

Design duo Clements Ribeiro known for their feminine designs, bold prints and luxurious knitwear, and Interior Decorator, lifestyle and luxury consultant Rachel Meddowes.

Panellist Alistair O’Neill said: “Knockando Woolmill’s New Woven Textile Designer award is an exciting initiative uniting Scotland’s oldest continually working weaving mill with the creativity and innova- tion of the UK’s next generation of textile designers. Central Saint Martins is proud to be a part of the judging panel and sees the initiative as a good indication of how Scottish textiles can succeed in the 21st century.”

The shortlisted entries


Jessica Cutler

2017 Graduate - Manchester School of Art

"I’m Delighted to have won this award, it was a great evening at such a great venue. Glasgow’s an amazing city, It’s got such a vibrant creative scene here which seems to be really well supported. Thanks again to everyone involved for this opportunity, looking forward to working with Knockando Wool Mill, can’t wait to see the finished product! "


Winner, 2017 New Woven Textile Design Award


Genevieve Gibson

2017 Graduate - Chelsea College of Arts

"Inspired by the colours, shapes, lines and shadows of the Architecture from Cadiz. I used painting, drawing and paper model making to decide the final shapes of my design, where I tried to create a contemporary Tartan. The design is minimal and focuses on colour and shape, to make it versatile so it can be worn or used in the home."


Highly Commended, 2017 New Woven Textile Design Award


Eva Stapleton

Undergraduate - Glasgow School of Art

"The design I submitted was based on rural exodus in French villages. I tried to emphasise the contrast between bright summer colours and the sense of emptiness coming from the shapes and composition. "

Instagram: @evastapletontextiles


Elleanor Goodall

Undergraduate - Manchester School of Art

"‘Urban geometry’ was inspired by the repetition of shapes in the city, and this design drew its focus from the alternating patterns on manhole covers which often go un noticed. "

Instagram: @ellegoodalltextiles


Sixtine Rouquette

Undergraduate - Glasgow School of Art

"My design was inspired by the structure of walls and by the colours of the moss and fungi that grow in it."

After the event, panellist Fleet Bigwood stated:

"It was a great honour to be given the opportunity to judge the Knockando new woven textile design award 2017. Working with a mill with such a heritage and opening this competition to young creatives, is a fantastic opportunity to see a product that harnesses both classical working methods and new design ideas. The judging was rigorous and all concerned agreed on the winning design. Jessica Cutler showed a real flair for colour and proportion. The winning design could be applied to both home interiors or a fashion application - dependent on selection of yarns, scale and finishing. The presentation was of a high quality with concise technical information provided and the interpretations of her design were well considered and professional. A really great opportunity to see her design produced, sold and marketed by one of Scotlands oldest weaving mills.A great way to launch a career in design and a fantastic opportunity for any textile design student to have work produced, win a prize and attend a fantastic fashion event. Well done for arranging a successful day."

As well as receiving £500, the winning design was produced commercially by the Woolmill and was sold with custom label featuring the designer’s name.

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