06 February 2015

Pitti Filati 2015

We have just returned with level 5 students from a trip to Florence where we visited the key yarn trade fair for industry and designers Pitti Filati. Our level 5 and 6 students worked in small groups on a live project for the trend area, designing and making sweaters following set trends relating to regions in Italy. The students worked closely with visiting lecturer Carlo Volpi to develop innovative designs. Their work stood along side that of practicing designers, manufacturers and students from the London college of Fashion.

13 October 2014

Shed at Indigo September 14

Before term even started we took 'Shed' to Indigo in Paris. Graduates from Print, Knit and Surface showed their work. We had fantastic feedback, a lot of interest and of course some sales! Print graduate Hanna Senior and Knit graduate Becky Millyard did a fantastic job of representing everyone.

22 May 2014

Bucks End of Year Show 2014

Please join us to celebrate the work and achievements of our graduating students at the Bucks End of Year Degree Show:

02 May 2014

Bradford Textiles Competition Winners

Congratulations to our students for their recent successes in the Bradford Textile Society Awards 2014:

Gugu Tshuma: 1st Prize, Clothworkers Foundation Award for a knitted textile for knitwear apparel

Azra Iqbal: Commendation, Clothworkers Foundation Award for a knitted textile for fashion or interiors

Georgia Cleeves: 1st Prize, Eleanor Hanson: 3rd Prize and Commended, Lia Raquel Marques: Commended and Polly Redfern: Commended, Clothworkers Foundation Award for a knitted fabric in any fibre or blend

Emmeline Kellett: Commendation, The Woolmark Company Award

Well done to all our staff and students.


11 March 2014

Surface Design Live Project

A couple of images from our recent second year Surface Design live project:

Caroline Browne: Digital printed and cut papers for Selfridges Window Display

Alice Richards: Flocked metal panels (black and gold colourway) for Baku restaurant, Sloane Street, London

09 March 2014

Pitti Filati - More images of our students' work

Our students' work from the Knitted Textiles pathway at the Pitti Filati show in Florence, Italy. We produced 16 knitted lengths in total that were draped on the figures at the show:

18 February 2014

Meet our Associate Lecturers: Carlo Volpi

Carlo Volpi is an award winning contemporary knitwear designer based in London. He currently teaches on the first year of the Textiles and Surface Design course.
Carlo's knitwear is characterised by an eclectic choice of stitch structures, gauges and textures, where traditional knitting techniques, urban landscapes and pop imagery are mixed together into an eccentric combination that is alive throughout his work. His love for unusual patterns and colour combinations has led him to design garments that are very wearable and contemporary.

Carlo also regularly writes a blog on www.knittingindustry.com/carlo-volpi

01 February 2014

Pitti Filati January 2014

Textiles staff and students have recently returned from Pitti Filati knit show in Florence. Pitti Filati is a key international event for the knitting industry. It presents future lifestyle trends and excellence in yarns to an audience of designers and buyers.

Our students created knitted textile lengths for the Trend Area of the show. Bucks New University were the only UK university to be invited to make and show our work at this event. The students worked under the guidance of Fiona Ross, Knitted Textiles Pathway Leader, and Carlo Volpi, Knitwear Designer, to create work in response to a set brief by Pitti Filati. The results were a great success at the show.

21 January 2014

Meet our Associate Lecturers: Jim Biddulph

Jim Biddulph teaches second year and third year students on the Surface Design pathway. Jim is a materials expert with a vast knowledge of industrial and hand making processes.

He is the Projects and Materials Manager for Material Lab in London as well as running his own design consultancy from his studio in East London.

Jim's website is www.hereyouarestudio.com

09 January 2014

Meet our Associate Lecturers: Jane Bowler

 Jane Bowler teaches on the first year of the Textiles and Surface Design course.

Jane is a highly successful fashion designer based in London. She is known for her constant exploration and discovery of new and exciting materials, alongside sculptural silhouettes. Bowler’s body of work is driven by her passion for craftsmanship and innovation within textiles and design.

Her collections highlight her passion for transforming everyday materials using unique processes, hand-dyed plastics and heat-forming techniques. Her work challenges the idea of everyday wear, allowing it to stand out on the street without subscribing to uniform.

Jane was recently announced as an 'Emerging Designer' finalist of the renowned annual WGSN Global Fashion Awards 2013.

13 December 2013

Live Project with Material Lab

Our second year Surface Designers are currently working on a live project with Material Lab. Based in London, Material Lab is an established design resource studio where people can explore and be inspired by a huge range of materials such as ceramics, glass, wallpaper, wood, carpet tiles, eco-resins and fabrics.

Material Lab's product range covers all aspects of the public and private specification market, from architects and designers to house builders and contractors.
Our students will be working with Material Lab, including tutorials with Projects & Materials Manager, Jim Biddulph, to design and make exciting new materials appropriate for Material Lab's clients.

06 December 2013

Cockpit Arts Christmas Open Studios

Every year a proportion of our graduates go on to set up their own businesses as Designer-Makers. Our graduates Catherine Hammerton www.catherinehammerton.com and Zoe Miller www.tangentaccessories.com are based at Cockpit Arts Studios and will be showing their work at the Christmas Open Studios event, open this weekend.

30 November 2013

Graduate Destinations: Aryma Marquetry

Four graduates from the Textiles and Surface Design course are working for Aryma Marquetry. Aryma is a British company dedicated to designing and making the finest marquetry for luxury interiors. They specialise in making decorative marquetry for panels and bespoke furniture for residential projects, private jets, superyachts and luxury car interiors.

Whilst on the course our students have the opportunity to design for a whole range of materials including wood, metal, plastics, textiles and paper and have access to our materials workshops where they can learn and refine their making techniques with expert supervision. As well as hand making processes they are also able to work with the laser cutter, CNC router, 3D printer and our Mimaki digital textile printer.

Images copyright Aryma Marquetry. Top image shows marquetry wall panels for Stella McCartney's Mayfair store, London. 

23 November 2013

Bradford Textile Society Competition Winners

Congratulations to our students on their recent successes in the Bradford Textile Society Design Competition.

Sarah Bridle won 1st Prize in the Clothworkers' Foundation Award: A knitted fabric for mens or womenswear knitwear (apparel). Rhiannon Montgomery won 3rd prize and Rebecca Millyard and Emmeline Kellett both received Commendations.

Image: Sarah Bridle's winning entry

21 November 2013

Next Open Day: Wednesday 19th February 2014

Our 2013-14 University Open Days are:

Wednesday 19 February 2014
Saturday 26 April 2014
Wednesday 18 June 2014

Our Open Days offer a tour of our wonderful Red Shed Textiles and Surface Design studios and workshops as well as a full campus tour.

Please see the following link for more information and to book your place:

Open Days take place from 11am until 4pm at the High Wycombe campus.
We hope to see you there!

16 November 2013

Sarah Louise Matthews for Knot & Pop

Sarah Louise Matthews (Surface Design 2011) has recently completed a commission for wedding planners Knot & Pop. She made beautiful paper flowers for a photoshoot entitled 'We Are One', perfect for a first 'paper' anniversary.


09 November 2013

UK Hand Knitting Association Awards 2013

Judith Watson (Knitted Textiles 2013) won the Gold Award in the Graduate category of the UK Hand Knitting Association's Knitted Textile Awards 2013.

Judith's Aran panelled dress, hand-tufted with Swiss darned patches emulating carpet, offers a touch of ‘rug’ to playfully complement the Aran adorned carpet which is reminiscent of a period ceiling with a splash of traditional design.

Congratulations Judith!

03 November 2013

Rowan and Liberty Wool Week Design Award 2013

Two of our graduates, Justin Alves Khan and Maria Ressano Garcia (both Knitted Textiles 2011), have won awards in the Wool Week Design Awards 2013.

Rowan collaborated with Liberty of London and the Royal College of Art to create a unique hand knit and crochet project to challenge the traditional perception of these crafts and to help celebrate the Campaign for Wool and Wool Week 2013.

The first year MA Knitted Textiles and MA Fashion Knitwear students of the Royal College of Art were invited to submit work to answer ‘How can a traditional craft become a source for contemporary and conceptual textile design’?

Justin (centre photo) won first prize and Maria (far right in the photo) won second prize. Congratulations from all of us in the Red Shed!

19 September 2013

100% Design 2013

100% Design is now open and our graduates are having a really successful show so far. The show is open until Saturday so please come and see us on stand D9 if you are visiting.

13 September 2013

Shed Surface at 100% Design 2013

A selection of our 2013 graduates will be exhibiting at 100% Design, 18 - 21 September at Earls Court London.

Their stand, entitled 'Shed Surface', will be in the Emerging Brands area of the show, stand number D9.

Please do come and see us if you are visiting the show!


03 July 2013

Red Shed Degree Show Virtual Tour

Please click on the image above to see our virtual tours of the Textiles & Surface Design Degree Show 2013 in the Red Shed. Alternatively you can follow this link: www2.bucks.ac.uk/virtualtours/textiles-and-surface-design-2013 
There are 14 tours to view in total, just click on the drop-down menu in the top left of the tour browser to select.  

02 March 2013

Nadfas Lecture 2013

As part of Careers Week 2013 three guest speakers were invited to talk to about their experience of working in industry. 

The afternoon lecture is sponsored by NADFAS. Students from across the course welcomed:

Giles Miller, surface and interiors designer

Recent clients include British Airways, Ritz-Carlton Hotels, The World Architecture Festival, Bombay Sapphire Gin, Selfridges, Stella McCartney, The Metropolitan Hotel, London Design Museum and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office amongst others.

Kit Miles, printed textiles designer
Copyright Kit MIles

Kit Miles studio embarks on a range of products in the interiors industry from private wallpaper commissions to large-scale bespoke projects. The studio composes the printed image through the use of hand drawn adjacent to an intelligent use of digital design.

Sian-Kate Mooney, fashion sculptor

Sian-Kate Mooney trained as a Fashion Designer, and is the founder and designer of Grab&Mac fashion label. Sian has shown her collections at London Fashion Week, Trannoi in Paris and ‘British Hotwave’ in Tokyo in 1998 and 1999. Her client base in Tokyo was extensive including Isetan, Barney’s and Agosto.

Her current creative practice extends beyond the body, exploring the boundaries of the silhouette in the creation of sculptural forms that are no longer restrained by the conventions of traditional notions of fashion.

This is the seventh year that NADFAS have sponsored the event. 
Thank you for your continuing support.

01 March 2013

Careers Week 
Second Year Textiles and Surface Design

Second Year Textiles and Surface Design students attended a special week of lectures and events organised by our course business and enterprise specialist Karina Thomas. 

Work experience planning is an important part of the second year and we are looking forward to students working with companies in London and further afield.

Second year students began to plan their three design CV's, consider website and blog design, Pintrest accounts, ready for work experience and graduate employment.

Information about planning a design career will be posted onto our course careers site in the next month at textiles-surface-careers.blogspot.co.uk

Thank you to all our guest speakers on Monday and Thursday.

including Monika Piatowski from HIVE 
Circulation Rug by HIVE 

Recent graduates Stephanie Hudson (2012) and Megan Rainey (2012) spoke about their new Printed Textiles company All the Angles and their graduate year.
All the Angles Copyright 2013

Visit the company at alltheangles.co.uk and www.facebook.com/AllTheAngles

Surface Design graduate Helen Dugdale also spoke about her recent success in the New Design Britain Awards and London exhibitions.

See Helen's blog at helendugdale.blogspot.co.uk

22 January 2013

New Design Britain 2013 Awards
Helen Dugdale (Surface Design 2013) 
wins Surface Coverings award

Helen Dugdale for Paper Knotwood

The winners of the much coveted New Design Britain Awards at INTERIORS UK have been announced today. 

“For winners, this is the most amazing opportunity – to be in front of over 20k+ design buyers, to be mentored by some of the furniture industry’s leading lights and also to gain work placements. There is no better opportunity than what New Design Britain offers,” comments judge Dids Macdonald, Chief Executive of ACID.
Two Surface Design graduates were shortlisted in the SURFACE COVERINGS Category, Helen Dugdale and Ceri Stephenson - many congratulations to you both.
Judges for the Surfaces & Fabrics categories included; Dids Macdonald CEO of ACID, Diane Goode from Fromental and esteemed design journalist, author and photographer Barbara Chandler.

20 January 2013

Knitted Textiles Awards 2012

Joint Silver Winner - Clara Malonda (Knit 2012)

Knitted Textiles graduate Clara Malonda has been named as the Joint Silver Winner at the Knitted Textiles Awards 2012. Co-sponsored by Knitting Magazine and UK Hand Knitting Association, it is the industry recognized award from the UK's Universities and colleges.

Please see Knitting Magazine for further information about the awards and winners.

copyright Knitting Magazine 2012

02 December 2012

Material Lab Visit - London

Second Year Surface Designers visited Material Lab in London last week.
The visit was part of their second project briefing. Accompanied by Surface Design Senior Lecturer Jethro Macey, students met with Jim Biddulph - Projects and Materials Co-ordinator 

Everyone had a great time. Thank you Jim! We look forward to seeing you in the Red Shed studio in the new year.


Second Year Surface Design projects include workshops in metalworking, laser cutting, plastics, vacuum forming, Photoshop, embossing, letter press, printmaking and wood techniques. Students develop their making skills in the second year and choose a material and making process for the final year.

14 November 2012

Great News- recent graduates Ceri Stephenson (Surface 12) and Helen Dugdale 
(Surface 12) have been shortlisted in the New Design Britain Awards - SURFACES category 2013

Two of the four finalists within this category, we wish both Ceri and Helen 
good luck in the final judging.

Many congratulations from us all in the Red Shed.

Helen Dugdale (2012)
Innovative paper knotwoods

The New Design Britain Awards are one of the most important competitions 
in the UK for young design talent, giving recognition to students for innovative 
and ground-breaking work and providing an opportunity for INTERIORS UK to 
encourage new young stars and look to the future of the furniture industry.

The New Design Britain Award winner will have the chance to display their 
designs and products at INTERIORS UK 2013 and WIN a placement with a 
leading industry supplier.

17 October 2012

Hannah Simpson, JIGSAW and the WOOL SCHOOL Project

Hannah Simpson (Knit 2012) e-mailed us this week to update us on her great success in the Jigsaw/ Wool School 2012 competition. Many congratulations!

Hannah's collection of beautifully hand knitted swatches were selected by JIGSAW designers and put into production over the summer. Her work was shown in The TImes newspaper last week.

Please see the April post below to learn more about the Competition. Fiona Ross, Leader of the Knitted Textiles Pathway said how much they had enjoyed working with the Jigsaw Design Team and the Wool School during the competition.

Hannah writes - 'If you would like to view any.. (of the press releases) just Google- Hannah Simpson Wool School. My most resent is on the Jigsaw Blog and a feature in Country and Town House Magazine. I attended the press event last week, The launch Party was last night. It was the most amazing experience ever. I was talking to manufactures from Australia, members of the The British Wool Marketing Board and so many other members that are all involved in the process and the manufacturing of wool, that work with designers to keep the supplier chain going. It was such a great opportunity to interact and expand my contacts.'

Wool School Winners
Hannah at the Launch Event

To see Hannah's work on line and more information about the Wool School, Hannah has sent the following web links:

30 September 2012

SHED at Indigo, Paris September 2012

Printed Textiles Leader Paul Murphy and 2012 Graduates headed out to Paris to show work at Indigo, Fashion Edition the creative textile and surface design show, held at Parc des Expositions.

The stand, designed by Fiona Ross, was widely admired by industry and fellow designers alike. 

Other 2012 graduates who were showing work with their new companies stopped by to say hello to Paul, Libby (Printed Textiles 2012) and Katie (Knitted Textiles 2012).

Design work was bought by leading printed and knitted textiles manufacturers from across Europe. The course has shown at Indigo, Paris for over 10 years and built a strong reputation for design innovation.

The aim of SHED is to act as an interface between graduates and business. Once again companies showed interest in working with our graduate designers.