Thursday, 19 December 2013

Designer ethics

Rachael Taylor, a talented young designer from Liverpool has accused Marks and Spencer of stealing her designs after the store launched a range of clothes featuring her designs. 

Rachael said: "It appears that this British superstore has a design that is more than strikingly similar to my 'Etched Floral' hand drawn original design. It's one of my signature designs and I just want to point out that I never granted permission for Marks and Spencer to use it."
Marks and Spencer have now withdrawn the products from sale. 

Marks & Spencer tshirt design.

Rachael's design.

Rachael added: "I understand the importance of standing up for yourself as a designer and for your intellectual property rights, to not be scared and speak out and protect whats rightfully yours."
After posting on her website the images of her work and the images of the designs being stolen, Rachael has been receiving lots of messages of support from fellow designers, the Design Trust was among those who commented, with others stated that it was 'blatant plagiarism'. Rachael has said she has been "overwhelmed with support", she also explained "I'm taking legal action against Marks & Spencer, as not only has my design been used for profit without my permission, I believe in standing up for civil rights of myself and anyone else who has encountered this in their own professional life. It's really important to raise awareness, to stop this happening to other independent designers."

In a statement, Patricia Van Den Akker, Director of The Design Trust, said: "I hear daily of cases like this, it really hurts these small designers both financially and emotionally."

As a textiles design student I personally would be extremely angry if someone had blatantly stolen my designs, as designs are so personal to the designer, I find it absolutely outrageous that someone could steal them and not give any recognition to the actual designer, I also think that Rachael has handled the situation extremely well by taking action and standing up for her designs. 


Thursday, 5 December 2013

Future Career...

Textile surface designing...

What does the job entail?
"Textile designers create designs for knitted, printed and woven textiles. These designs often feature repeating patterns. Textile design can include designing:
  • Textiles for clothing and accessories
  • Fabrics and furnishings
  • Printed, paper-based fabrics
Textile designers need to discuss, understand and interpret the needs, ideas and requirements of their customers accurately. They must consider how the textile will be used and therefore which properties it needs, before producing design ideas, sketches and samples for presentation for customers.
Salaries usually range from around £13,000 to £40,000 a year.

A textile designer should:
  • Be artistic, creative and able to draw
  • Have an eye for colour, texture and pattern and have good attention to detail
  • Understand the properties of different materials and dyes and the production processes of textiles
  • have knowledge of the market and be able to predict new trends.
Employers include companies that produce clothing, soft furnishings and other textile-based products, design studios and consultancies. There is an intense competition for vacancies. People looking for work usually need to undertake relevant paid or unpaid work experience and build up a list of contacts in the industry. Many textile designers work on a freelance basis.

There are no formal entry requirements to become a textile designer. However, most people enter through one of two main routes. Some begin as a machinist or cutter and progress to textile designer. More usually, entry is after completing a relevant HNC/HND or degree in design. Postgraduate qualifications are also available. Course admission tutors and employers expect to see a portfolio of design work."

Is it for me?
My aim for the future is to be involved in the textile industry wether it is making or designing, I feel this career would strongly suit my ambitions.


Thursday, 21 November 2013

Writing a CV...

Today in my Professional Studies lesson we were asked to, in groups, write down what we thought was appropriate to have in a letter or a email to a designer in regards of work experience, and then also begin writing a suitable CV.
After a discussion our group decided that an email was a much less formal approach, and would be needed to be wrote in a less formal way than say a letter to a designer, we also came to a conclusion to a layout of a letter and a email, starting with a introduction to who you are, why you're writing to them and when you'd be interested in volunteering for some work experience. 

Some of our ideas wrote down in quite a creative (messy) way...

We decided that if we were to include images of our work, they'd be attached on a seperate page at the end of the email/letter, in order to look much more professional.

With regards to starting our CV's, we thought about an appropriate order and layout for the CV's, and we thought about how we could fill the sections out more appropriately to fit around the job, in order to seem more suitable for the job, only mentioning appropriate past job experiences.


Saturday, 16 November 2013

Designer maker inspiration - Jennifer Collier

Jennifer's work is some of the most detailed and delicate pieces I've ever came across. The level of detail is so high within her work the pieces look identical to the real items. I love the delicate use of colour and pattern within these particular pieces of work that I have placed images of here:

A little quote from Jennifer to inspire...

"My practice focuses on creating work from paper; by bonding, waxing, trapping and stitching I produce unusual paper ‘fabrics’, which are used to explore the ‘remaking’ of household objects. The papers are treated as if cloth, with the main technique employed being stitch; a contemporary twist on traditional textiles. The papers themselves serve as both the inspiration and the media for my work, with the narrative of the books and papers suggesting the forms. I tend to find items then investigate a way in which they can be reused and transformed; giving new life to things that would otherwise go unloved or be thrown away."


Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Fashion Embroidery & Stitch

NEC, Birmingham
21-24 March 2013
Opening times: 9.30 - 17.30 (Sun: 17.00)

Fashion Embroidery & Stitch is a showcase of the UK's finest textile arts, with a variety of work from the UK's top textile talents, plus an extensive range of fabric and embellishment supplies. There are FREE workshops provided, demonstrations and talks available. Madeira UK will also be there with their sponsored student exhibitions and embroidery workshops, plus Mixed Media workshops, talks and lots more!

British Craft Trade Fair

6th - 8th April 2014
Great Yorkshire Showground
Harrogate HG2 8QZ
Opening times - sunday 10 - 6pm
Mon/Tues - 10 - 5pm

BCTF has been promoting British hand-made giftware for more than 35 years, this trade fair provides unique, handmade work from the British Isles from hundreds of makers with a vast range of products, with prices starting at just a few pounds. The thousands of buyers who currently attend BCTF are:
  • Galleries
  • Home and Giftware Shops
  • Art galleries
  • Heritage
  • Department Stores
  • Architects
  • Fashion Boutiques
  • Interior Designers
  • Craft Shops
  • Jewellers
Here is three collages of some of my favourites from last years show...


Saturday, 9 November 2013

Claire A. Baker

Claire A Baker is a textile and surface designer specialising in embroidery and also a designer maker who creates accessories for fashion and the home, stationery, tableware, collage, framed artwork and greetings cards.

Claire's embroidery work is some of the most beautiful and detailed work I have seen before, there is so much detail to each piece that you could literally look at it for hours and still find something interesting that you never noticed before, here is just three of my favourites.

Vintage Paper Rosette - £10, Winged Lady Brooch - £13.95, Limited Edition Linen Bag - £59, Love You ring - £15

Again literally the most detailed, beautiful pieces from Claire's ceramic collection. The dark fairytale theme is so clear throughout the pieces through use of complementary colours and use of imagery and design of the pieces.

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Indigo - Fashion Edition Paris
Location: Parc d'Expositions Paris Nord Villepinte - Hall 5.
Opening hours: from 09:00 am to 6:30 pm.

September 2012

DNG Design

Giovanna Bernardi Studio Textile & Fashion Design

Nicky Smith

Akiko Kayano


February 2013

Catherine Cordasco


Alicia Villodres

Cleveland College of Art and Design

September 2013
Treasure Design


New Age - My Design

Abiproject Design


Monday, 4 November 2013


Oaffi is a new Seattle based surface design company that creates prints and patterns for "fashion related industries including apparel, interio decor, paper products and all other design goods in need of 2D expression".  I love the intricate detail of the illustration and use of composition.

                  Victoria Johnson

Victoria is an English designer based in Rome, although she worked in New York for 12 years, eventually owning a design studio specialising in womenswear and stationery products. Victoria is now producing her own collection and these designs are for sale and license, and she is also available to do commissioned work.

Kate Wilson

Graduate from the University of the Arts with 1st class honours in BA illustration. I love the illustrations in Kate's work, they are very creative and quirky, I also love the sensitive use of colour, textured backgrounds and the quirky quotes describing the illustration, giving the work a unique style.

Emily Morris

Emily graduated from Leeds College of Art with a degree in textiles and surface pattern design and is now looking for suitable projects that could use her amazingly detailed laser cut paper panel talents.

Emily uses very few colours within her work, more one colour and lots of different tones of that colour to describe the tone within her drawings and cut outs, these recent works are so incredibly detailed its hard to imagine how she had the patience to complete them...

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