TEXPRINT 2009 WINNERS
“Overall what struck me most this year was the high level of drawing skills, it was so refreshing to see so many beautifully presented sketchbooks, rather than a dependence on digital work. Looking at the work of those that excelled, it was evident they would succeed in their work.” – Barbara Horspool, New Look
With debut sponsors including New Look, Salvatore Ferragamo and Giles Deacon, and an international design audience comprising corporate brands Miroglio Textiles Italia, Marks & Spencer, and fashion cognoscenti Jenny Packham and Paul Costello, this year’s TEXPRINT First View Exhibition electrified the world of design!
Emphasising the professional and creative synergy between the worlds of art and fashion, this year’s prestigious judges had a difficult job in selecting the winning designers. However, they eventually reached a unanimous agreement and the winners are as follows.
PRINT PRIZE – RUTH DAVIS (middle left)
British fashion icon Zandra Rhodes selected Ruth Davis as the winner of the PRINT prize, which was donated again this year by LIBERTY ART FABRICS. Zandra observed the importance of harnessing artistic output, commenting on the professionalism of this year’s winner: “I think she’s a natural textile designer, her prints have lots of life and she has gorgeous sketch books.”
Ruth is a BA Fashion Design graduate from the University of Northumbria.
BREAKING NEW GROUND – NICOLA STRATHEARN (middle right)
International fashion maverick of the moment Giles Deacon, chose Nicola Strathearn as winner of the Breaking New Ground prize, which was once again donated by WGSN. Seeing the potential in Nicola’s work to potentially break new fashion ground, Giles noted that Nicola showed “Some beautiful developments of print, texture and fabrics, manipulating them around – really fantastic!”
Nicola Strathearn is an MA Mixed Media Textiles graduate from the Royal College of Art.
COLOUR PRIZE – LISA STANNARD (bottom left)
Barbara Horspool, creative director of high street fashion giant New Look, which TEXPRINT is delighted to welcome as a Major New Sponsor this year, selected LISA STANNARD as winner of the Colour Prize, donated by long-time TEXPRINT supporters Pantone Europe. Barbara commented, “I was delighted with Lisa’s use of both bold and muted shades teamed with her delicate almost naïve drawings.”
Lisa Stannard is a BA Textile Design graduate from Manchester Metropolitan University School of Art.
KNIT PRIZE – HOLLIE MALONEY (top right)
With its heritage of knitwear specialism, Lyle & Scott’s Head Of Design John Tate, was the perfect choice to select the KNIT prizewinner. Judging was difficult due to the high-calibre of finalists, however it was HOLLIE MALONEY who emerged as winner. Donated for the first time by Scottish Knitwear brand LYLE & SCOTT, John found the judging process exceptionally challenging, “It was a very hard choice, as there was a very high standard. What clinched the award for Hollie was her indulgent knitwear and great ideas which translated well into good product”. An example of TEXPRINT in action, uniquely identifying and nurturing emerging design talents!
Hollie Maloney is a BA Fashion & Textile graduate from the University of Brighton.
WEAVE PRIZE – MARTHA STEADMAN (top left)
Ronald Weisbrod, Vice Chairman of the Swiss Textile Federation, selected Martha Steadman as winner of the WEAVE prize, the essence of textile design and innovation, donated this year by AUSTRALIAN WOOL INNOVATION. Ronald observed the development of heritage craft into a commercial proposition, noting that: ” Martha used her Welsh origins as inspiration which was a great reference point, she created a series of modern designs, using a dobby weave, which is very difficult to do.”
Martha Steadman is a BA Textile Design graduate from Central St Martin’s College of Art and Design.
INTERIOR FASHION PRIZE – NANCY TAPLIN (bottom right)
Grayson Perry, renowned artist / ceramicist and Turner Prize winner chose Nancy Taplin as winner of the INTERIOR FASHION PRIZE, donated by SANDERSON ART IN INDUSTRY TRUST. From his artistic perspective, Grayson was overwhelmed by the creativity on display, “It’s lovely to see people who really enjoy drawing.” Duplicity in subject matter being an idiosyncrasy of Grayson’s work, it was also the deciding factor in his selection of Nancy as the winner, “I really liked the way she drew from really dark subject matter, verging on the sick.” He went on to comment on the commercial potential of Nancy’s work, noting that he “could see some of her work in Ralph Lauren”. A true commercial inversion of passionate artistic endeavour!
Nancy Taplin is a BA Fashion and Textiles graduate from Colchester School of Art.
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