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!