18 November 2011

Lucy Alice Porter (Bucks Textiles & Surface Design Graduate 2011) selected as a finalist for the New Design Britain Awards

Lucy Alice Porter (Surface Design 2011) has been selected as a finalist in two categories for the New Design Britain Awards, sponsored by United Business Media in conjunction with the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers.  

The work will be displayed on a dedicated stand at the Interiors show at the NEC in January 22nd to 25th January 2012 and there will be an awards presentation during the show:
Many previous winners have gone on to secure great jobs, work placements and media publicity following the show.

You can see more of Lucy's work on her website and blog: http://www.lucyalicetextiles.blogspot.com/

Congratulations Lucy!

11 November 2011

Visit our Open Day at our High Wycombe Campus Buckinghamshire

Wednesday 16th November 2011 
Open Day at Bucks New University - 11am to 4pm 
Visit our spacious and vibrant Textiles and Surface Design 
Red Shed Studio and Workshops and tour the campus. 
Textiles tours twice daily.

23 minutes by train from Central London (Marylebone Station) - Chiltern Railways

Our Red Shed studio has been fitted with day-lighting to ensure true colour even on the darkest days. All students have a permanent desk space for three years. We work in small groups, provide tutorials and one to one teaching, group seminars and workshop demonstrations.

Knitting, Printing, Dye lab, Printmaking and laser cutting workshops are located on the first (ground) floor of the Red Shed. Metalwork and Jewellery, Furniture, Glass and Ceramics workshops are located 5 minutes walk away in the north and west buildings.

Sophie Carr - Hand and Lock Prize Giving at Penn and Fletcher in NYC

Congratulations to Sophie Carr (Knitted Textiles 2011) winner of the Hand and Lock (first prize) student embroidery competition 2011. Sophie received her award at Penn and Fletcher in New York last week.

For more information about the 2012 Hand and Lock award please visit www.handembroidery.com

Sophie won

  • A commemorative framed hand embroidered plaque produced by Hand & Lock’s skilled craftsmen
  • Work Experience and tambour course at the Hand & Lock workrooms in central London
  • 1 year mentoring by the LCF – toward an exhibition (Date TBA)
  • 1 year free subscription to Embroidery magazine

and as first prize winner
  • $5,000 USD
  • Flights and accommodation to the Prize Giving in New York, at Penn & Fletcher
  • 1 year free subscription to Embroidery magazine
  • Two week’s of work experience at Karen Nicol’s Studio.
  • Free membership to the Embroiderers’ Guild
  • The winning entry used on posters to promote Hand & Lock Prize for Embroidery 2012
  • Dedicated page on the Hand & Lock website, with a biography

28 October 2011

Open Days at our High Wycombe Campus

Open Days at Bucks New University
See all our Art and Design and University Courses
Visit our spacious and vibrant Textiles and Surface Design Red Shed Studio and workshops and tour the campus 
  • Wednesday  16 November 2011(11am to 4pm)
  • Wednesday   22 February 2012 (11am to 4pm)
  • Saturday        28 April 2012 (11am to 4pm)
  • Wednesday  13 June 2012 (11am to 4pm)

Check out our Textiles Course Info at Textiles at Bucks New University
Register for an Open Day 
Download a PDF Art and Design Prospectus 

To arrange a Course visit if you are unable to attend our University Open Days please e-mail the Textiles and Surface Design Course Leader at:
or call us on 01494 605102 (24 message service).

02 October 2011

SHED at Indigo Fashion Edition, Paris September 2011

SHED Graduate Design Stand 
at Indigo Paris 2011

Fiona Ross, Pathway Leader of Knitted Textiles and co-creator of Shed Textiles curated an eye-catching stand of graduates textiles work at Indigo, Paris 2011. This year Fiona was assisted by graduate Louise Burton (2011) and colleague Alison Firth.

Once again the response to graduate work was incredibly positive with many companies stopping by to look for new and innovative pieces.

Other tutors from the course went out to Paris for a day visit to research trends at Premier Vision, network with design companies and to see graduates Beth Pryer and Harri Batty who were showing as part of TEXPRINT 2011.

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

In September 2012 SHED co-creator Paul Murphy Pathway Leader of Printed Textiles will be at the helm, presenting our future graduates work at this international showcase.

17 September 2011

TIGERPRINT - GIFTED Competition 2011

Many congratulations to Sarah Matthews (Surface Design Graduate 2011).

Sarah has won second prize in the TIGERPRINT Crackers about Christmas competition and also received a commended for the TIGERPRINT Decorations Prize.

Her work will be developed as part of the Christmas 2012 New Designers range for Marks and Spencer.

Sarah developed a collection of digitally printed, cut and folded paper products during her final year project.

For more information about Sarah, Tigerprint and their future competitions please visit http://giftedcompetition.tigerprint.uk.com/gifted-news/

or contact Sarah via her webpage www.sarahlouisematthews.co.uk 
or see her Arts Thread page at www.artsthread.com/p/sarahmatthews

10 September 2011

Rosie Thompson joins Arts Thread at DESIGNERSBLOCK

Rosie Thompson (Surface Design Graduate 2011) will be joining ARTS THREAD at this year’s DESIGNERSBLOCK to display some of her unique and innovative projections.

Rosie developed the work as part of her Final Major project.
'I really wanted to push the boundaries of what a surface could be, questioning why does a surface have to be permanent, could it be temporary? I wanted something sustainable, that didn’t want a lot of waste with my final products. This is why I have used light as my material, it becomes a surface that you can change as often as you like. The animation allows the designs to flow and to tell a story, being as literal or as abstract as desired.'

Rosie set up the
group during her final year of study. The group, made up of students from across the course, devised ways in which to reduce waste and energy use within the Red Shed Studio and Workshops at Bucks New University. 

To contact Rosie please visit her website at www.rosiethompson.co.uk

For more information and details about DESIGNERSBLOCK please visit www.verydesignersblock.com

22 – 25 September
Farmiloe Building
34 St John Street
10.00 – 19.00
Designersblock 2011 takes place at the Farmiloe building in Clerkenwell. Entry is £5 but free in advance with pre registration. Register before the 22nd of September for free entry.

Sophie Carr Bucks Textiles Surface Design Graduate 2011 wins 1st Prize in the student Hand and Lock Embroidery Competition.

Sophie Carr (Knit 2011) has been awarded First Prize in the prestigious Hand and Lock Embroidery Student Competition 2011. 

Sophie wins $5000.00 USD as a top prize and an invaluable two week placement at the Karen Nicol Studio London, free membership to the Embroiderer’s Guild, and final pieces will be used as the face of the Hand and Lock Embroidery Prize 2012.  

Many congratulations to Sophie!
To find out more about Sophie and the Hand and Lock visit www.handembroidery.com

08 September 2011

Texprint in China

TEXPRINT 2011 in China 
Harri Batty, Knitted Textiles graduate 2011, is currently exhibiting her work in Shanghai as part of the Texprint awards.

Harri Batty  (left) at Texprint in China

Harri was selected as one of the 24 'Star Textile Designers' of Texprint 2011 in the UK wide competition. She went on to have her work chosen by Sophie Steller for a Spinexpo travel prize and the opportunity to exhibit her work at the international exhibition of yarn and fibres for the knitwear industry, held at the new World Expo and Conference Centre in Shanghai.

“It’s exciting to learn how a show like this works; how trends are put together; what it’s like to be an exhibitor rather than a visitor to a show and how that opens up your connections in the industry even more,” said knit designer Harri Batty

You can read Harri's blog here: http://harribatty.blogspot.com/

And further information and a full press release has been published on the Texprint website: http://www.texprint.org.uk/index.php/news#entry269

Well done Harri!

19 July 2011

TEXPRINT Competition 2011 - Bucks Winners

TEXPRINT Competition 2011
Congratulations to our BA (Hons) Textiles and Surface Design graduates 
who have been recognised by the prestigious TEXPRINT Competition 2011. 

Beth Pryer, Printed Textiles graduate (11) and Harri Batty, Knitted Textiles 
graduate (11) were two of the lucky 24 winners who showed at Texprint 2011 
at Chelsea College of Art last week. 

Competition winners have the opportunity to present their design collections 
at the international design show INDIGO/PremièreVision, Paris, in September.

Harri Batty was also awarded sponsorship to exhibit her work at Spinexpo, 
in Shanghai in September 2011.

Further prizes will be awarded in Paris in September. Other prize winners 
also included Catherine Tremellen RCA - a recent graduate of the 
BA (Hons) Textiles and Surface Design Course (Knit 2009).

26 June 2011

New Designers 2011

BA (Hons) Textiles and Surface Design Graduates are getting ready to
show at New Designers next week. Look out for stand T6 on the lower
ground floor. Please come by and say hello.

21 May 2011

Graduate Show Dates 2011

2011 Graduates have created a website showing work and contact details at www.redshedtextiles2011.com

Please also visit our course pages on: 
We do hope you can join us for the private View in the Red Shed Textiles Studio at Buckinghamshire New University in June. If you would like to meet with the Textiles Team at any of these graduate shows please contact Course Leader Dr Andie Robertson at Andie.Robertson@bucks.ac.uk 

For all Buckinghamshire New University Degree Show information please visit BUCKS EYES 2011

Marson Fabrics London- Printed Textiles Live Project

Liz Cozens Textiles Designer and Colourist at Marson Fabrics London met with Paul Murphy Pathway Leader Printed Textiles and Second Year Printed Textiles students in the Red Shed this week to look through their Live Project Design work.

Designers from Marson Fabrics visited students earlier in the semester to talk about the fashion print industry, future design trends and to set a fashion print design brief. Students created a collection of digital designs which were printed using the departments digital fabric and paper printers. 

Congratulations to Stephanie Hudson and Lizzie Bills who will be joining Marson Fabrics for work experience in the near future. 

20 May 2011

Bucks Textiles student wins second Bradford Textiles Society award!

Emma Pengilly, first year Textiles and Surface design student, has won the Bradford Textiles Society PREMIÈRE VISION AWARD. The prize includes a sponsored visit to Première Vision Autumn/Winter Salon as a special guest. Emma has promised to stop by our stand SHED Textiles to see 2011 graduate textiles collection.

07 May 2011

Bradford Textiles Competition awards

First Year Textiles and Surface Design Students Salina Janzan and Chloe Brazier 
attended the Bradford Textiles Design Competition award ceremony this week. 

Chloe won  first and Salina second prize in the Clothworkers' Foundation award 
- a knitted fabric in any fibre or blend.

The Bradford Textile Society Design Competition is recognised as being the most 
prestigious competition of its kind in the United Kingdom. This year a record number 
of almost 900 entries was received into the competition.

09 April 2011

Bucks Textiles Students win prizes in Bradford Textiles Competition

Textiles and Surface Design Students win awards in the 2011 Bradford Textiles Competition.

In the Clothworkers' Foundation award first years Chloe Brazier and Salina Janzan won the First and Second Prizes, with Lia MacDonald, Emma Pengilly and Judith Watson receiving commendations for their Knitted Textiles designs.

Second Year Knitted Textiles student Rosie Holdsworth received a commendation in the Clothworkers' Foundation Award - Knitted fabric for mens/ womenswear category.

These were the only two categories that the course entered this year. Many congratulations to everyone who entered the competition and well done to our winners.

30 March 2011

Visiting Lecturer: Jethro Macey

Jethro Macey is currently a Visiting Lecturer for our Surface Design pathway. Jethro runs an award-winning design practice, working to both commission and self-directed briefs. He has compiled an impressive portfolio of products and clients, these include his collaborations with The Third Nature, Decode London and clients including Urban Outfitters, Liberty, The Design Museum and Heathrow Terminal 5.
Alongside his design practice Jethro also works on a diverse spectrum of exciting ventures such as installations at Glastonbury Festival and curating exhibitions including New Designers One Year On.


10 March 2011

Japan/Fashion talk by Akiko Fukai

We attended the Japan/Fashion talk by Akiko Fukai at the Japan Foundation, London.

Japanese fashion has long been creating a buzz around the world with its unique form and aesthetics which provide a strong contrast to fashions in the West. The Japan Foundation invited Akiko Fukai, Director and Chief Curator of the Kyoto Costume Institute and one of Japan’s most respected fashion historians, to talk about the power of Japanese fashion and its cultural context. Tracing back to the past, she talked about the sources and aesthetics which form the foundations of Japanese fashion, illustrating where Japanese contemporary fashion has come from and what it is today.

Akiko Fukai was the leading curator of the recent Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion exhibition at Barbican Art Gallery, London.

08 March 2011

Graduate Profile: Selina Rose

Award winning Surface Designer Selina Rose (Surface Design 2005) now works from her studio in the rural English town of Ware in Hertfordshire. Selina's signature style of bold, graphic, nature-inspired pattern and fretwork-like cut-outs along with her products' strong eco credentials have won the attention of several high profile clients including Heals and Arup. She set up her textile and surface design studio in 2005 and over the past 5 years the business has rapidly grown and expanded with clients now worldwide.

Selina's bespoke felt surfaces adorn the walls, floors and windows of luxury hotels, department stores and offices. Her latest project for global design and engineering firm Arup’s new London headquarters involved creating over 120 felt acoustic panels and felt screens. Her felt creations have gained extensive coverage from the international design press including Living etc, Grand Designs, Homes & Gardens, The Independent & Mix Future Interiors.    www.selinarose.co.uk

04 March 2011

Kate Goldsworthy talk and tutorials

Kate Goldsworthy visited us yesterday and gave a very inspirational talk about her work and current research practice.

'Kate Goldsworthy is a textile designer and researcher, working in the area of new finishing technologies, materials R & D and design for recycling. Her passion lies with tools for sustainability in the textile world, particularly the recycling and reuse of polyesters. 
She is currently completing a practice based PhD as part of the AHRC funded project 'Ever & Again; rethinking recycled textiles' with the Textiles Environment Design research cluster based at Chelsea College of Art & Design. Her project explores technologies that could potentially change the way we recycle our textile waste, placing the designer at the centre of a process of multidisciplinary design thinking and enterprise. By focussing on the concept of 'life-cycle design', her aim is to create beautiful and functional synthetic materials, while preserving them as monomaterials, suitable for future recycling.
Kate is Course Coordinator for MA Textile Futures at Central St Martins College of Art & Design and a member of Textile Futures Research Centre.'

Kate is a Visiting Lecturer for our Surface Design pathway and she spent the day in one-to-one tutorials with our Level 6 (3rd year) Surface Design students.


TED: http://textilesenvironmentdesign.blogspot.com/

23 February 2011

Graduate news: Jodie Byrne

One of our 2009 graduates of the BA (Hons) Textiles and Surface Design course, Jodie Byrne, has recently set up her own online boutique business.

"Jodie Byrne, 25, had followed in the footsteps of the famous Percy French song by seeking her fortune in London but has now returned home to Newcastle, Co Down the place that inspires her the most to establish an online boutique - http://www.jodiebyrne.com - selling unique Danish home decor.

“You don’t have to live the big city life to run a successful business. Waking up every day to the beauty of the mountains and the rugged seascapes inspires the style of interiors that I have sourced for the online boutique,” Jodie said.

Jodie graduated from Bucks New University in 2009 with a BA (Hons) in Textiles and Surface Design. During her studies, Jodie pursued a keen interest in interior design and printed textiles, publicly and internationally exhibiting her own designs at top industry Trade shows; Indigo Paris, Surtex New York and New Designers London.

Her new online shop includes an eclectic mix of country style furnishings with cutting edge industrial style home ware and vintage inspired items.

To see Jodie’s collection, go to http://www.jodiebyrne.com

22 February 2011

Course Visit to the Surface Design Show, Islington

We visited the Surface Design Show at the Business Design Centre in Islington to take a look at the wide range of innovative and new materials on display. Showing materials and surfaces for architectural, interior and exterior use, the showcase included textural and coloured concretes, laminated coloured glass, parquet flooring and wood veneers, recycled egg shells, compacted functional paper surfaces and electro reactive wallpaper.

The show gave our students the opportunity to network and meet suppliers and potential future employers, sponsors and manufacturers.


12 February 2011

The Sorrell Foundation Project

Level 5 (second year) Surface Design students have been working on a live project for the Sorrell Foundation.

The 'Joined up design for schools' project brings teams of design students from selected UK universities together with local secondary schools. The school pupils act as the client for this project and identify an area of their school that they would like to improve. The students then work as a design team, liaising with staff at the school, architects and the local council to produce workable designs to enhance the school environment and answer the brief.

Our Level 5 Surface Designers have teamed up with students from the Spatial Design course and the Graphic Design course at Bucks to deliver a range of design solutions including the redesign of a school canteen, a new library space, outdoor work/break areas and way finding systems to navigate pupils and visitors through the school buildings.

Some of the projects are implemented and, to date, 24 have been realised through the scheme in previous years. These include a sustainable extension and refurbishment of the design & technology block at Falmouth School in Cornwall, a flexible performing arts space at Mounts Bay School, Penzance and a redeveloped sixth-form space at Heart of England School, Coventry.
Our students will be presenting their ideas to their clients next week - good luck and we look forward to seeing the results!

08 February 2011

Visit to the Kinetica Art Fair 2011

Staff and students from the Red Shed visited the Kinetica Art Fair last weekend.

"Kinetica Art Fair is produced by Kinetica Museum and is the first of its kind in the UK. It brings together galleries, art organisations and curatorial groups from around the world who focus on universal concepts and evolutionary processes though the convergence of kinetic, electronic, robotic, sound, light, time-based and multi-disciplinary new media art, science and technology"

Exhibitors included:

Patrick Heide

Computer Arts Society
Ralf Nuhn and Cecile Cole

04 February 2011

Introduction to Printed Textiles - First Year Project

Group A students (First Years) have recently completed their 7 week introduction to Printed Textiles Design. Each student is asked to create a collection of printed fabrics using traditional and digital techniques. This includes working with silk screens, dyes, printing inks, plain and colour bleaching, devoré, CAD, digital heat press and foiling so as to learn new ways to experiment with colour, geometric shapes, hand painted marks and pattern.

Tutor Andie Robertson said ‘This introduction to printed textiles is often the first time that students have dyed and printed their own fabrics. This unique experience of working with dyes, fabrics and traditional and new technologies encourages them to be inventive and resourceful.’

Students presented their work at a studio catwalk show – with fellow first and second year students and tutors present. The challenge has been set – watch this space - Group B will be presenting their work in 6 weeks time!

Stylesight Visit

This week Stylesight came to visit us at the Red Shed. Stylesight is a leading provider of trend information for the fashion and styling industries. They have their Headquarters in New York, with a Forecasting Atelier in Paris and satellite offices in the style capitals of the world. They report on fashion design, trend analysis, forecasting, merchandising and apparel manufacturing. Stylesight's experts are well-respected industry leaders, connecting directly with industry and press to provide information, inspiration and commentary for style, design and interiors, trend and technical innovation stories.

We will be working with Stylesight on some exciting new future projects!

26 January 2011

First year (Level 4) students 2010 Live Project Awards

Judging the Level 4 2010 Live Project was really tough. There were five clear winners this year – so an extra two prizes have been awarded.

Congratulations to the following Level 4 Students:

William Lee

Lia McDonald and Natasha Chitolie

Chloe Brazier and Christie Hollstrom

The prizes were awarded on Monday 31st January in the Level 4 studio. Our thanks to Mrs Gerrie Aitken MA BA Stanford for sponsoring the Live Project.

18 January 2011

Designersblock Visit

We were delighted to have Rory Dodd from Designersblock to visit us at the Red Shed yesterday.

A bit about Designersblock:
Founded by Rory Dodd and Piers Roberts in 1998, Designersblock have produced over 50 major festivals of design, architecture and illustration in the UK and internationally. In doing so they have pioneered the use of transitional architectural spaces for the production of city festivals. Many events take place in derelict or unused buildings throughout city centres. These events, when harnessed to their potential, act as a catalyst for creative engagement and growth, stimulating urban confidence and renewal. Cities recognise creativity as a key driver of regeneration, either through the use of existing underused spaces or in conjunction with bold new planning and construction initiatives.

We had a lovely lunch with the Textiles team followed by a tour of the Red Shed Textiles and Surface Design Studios and the Wood, Metals, Ceramics and Glass, Plastics, Jewellery, Furniture and Upholstery workshops. 

Thanks for coming to visit, Rory!

11 January 2011

Welcome back Orawee

We would like to welcome back one of our 2010 graduates from the BA (Hons) Textiles and Surface Design course, Knitted Textiles pathway, Orawee Choedamphai. Orawee has just started her Masters degree with us, dividing her time between the Textiles & Surface Design studio in the Red Shed and the Furniture Design studio.

'Fourth Dimension' project, Orawee Choedamphai, 2010:

The MA in Textiles & Fashion Product at Bucks provides a creative environment that encourages students to challenge design and making conventions through materials, investigation, experimentation, and innovation. Students are encouraged to find new ways of merging design and function, particularly in the context of textiles and fashion product.

Orawee has also recently been awarded the Crafts Council Prize and the Debbie Bliss Award at the UK Hand Knitting Association Awards 2010:

We very much look forward to seeing Orawee's new work

10 January 2011

Greenshed Group


Sustainability is becoming vitally important within our lifestyles and even more so within design, so we thought it was about time that the Redshed took a look at its own area to see what improvements we could make. This is how Greenshed was born, the sustainability group for the Textiles and Surface Designers at Bucks!

Our aims are:-
- Cut down on waste and focus more on recycling
- Cut down on unnecessary electricity, e.g. lighting the building when not occupied
- Share and swap materials
- Looking at aspects of the course which could be more sustainable e.g. paperless documents
- Informing others of the ways to create more awareness of a more sustainable way of working within design.

The Redshed is starting to see the benefits of Greenshed’s plans around the studio as the share boxes are in full operation and more paper recycling bins have appeared in each area of the studio. In the near future there is to be a large notice board put up for the latest updates, information on sustainable design and for students to give feedback for even more improvements.

Greenshed hopes to inspire the students towards a sustainable way of working within the studio, being considerate with the usage of light, heat, water and waste but also helping students consider what materials they use in their work and to be inspired by current sustainable design.

by Rosie Thompson
3rd Year Surface Design