Textile Competition 2020-Adult & Student

SHREWSBURY DRAPERS TEXTILE COMPETITION 2020

RAINFOREST - BECCA LLOYD-JENKINS

RAINFOREST - BECCA-LLOYD JENKINS
I have created a weaving tapestry piece inspired by weaving as I have included colours from the rainforest as well as plants/leaves. I created some crochet flowers also to add colour and show other elements of the rainforest

NATURAL PRINTING - JENNY YOUNG

NATURAL PRINTING - JENNY YOUNG
My entry was created using two printing techniques, I used a homemade foam printing block for the flower pattern, I made the block a repeat pattern so I can match the flowers together. I also used natural leaves and stems in a printing press to make the square bit in the centre of the print. I was inspired by lotta Jansdotta’s use of block flower patterns. To finish the design off I used photoshop to place the image onto a chair to see how it would work on interior items.

FIRST BOOK OF AUTUMN - AVERIL WEAVER

FIRST BOOK OF AUTUMN - AVERIL WEAVER
This is a hand embroidered children’s picture book on the theme of Autumn. I was inspired by the work of Caroline Zoob and I have tried to incorporate a range of hand stitches into the illustrations. I have used an autumnal colour palette.

MINIMALIST JUNGLE-SAM THELWELL
This piece originated from digitally manipulated images to create an interesting and contemporary textile pattern.
The print created is a mysterious, yet beautiful interpretation of inspiration gathered from African nature.

BEAUTIFUL DESTRUCTION - TOM CHILD

BEAUTIFUL DESTRUCTION - TOM CHILD

With this piece, I explored how the human race’s need for progression is ironically setting our world back rapidly, leaving many natural habitats totally devastated. I created collages of images representing destruction, these were then digitally printed onto fabric.
I also find it interesting that natural disasters such as volcanic eruptions or wild-fires can cause great damage but often look so interesting and beautiful. My aim with this piece was to mirror that idea by creating a visually pleasing artwork from images that were originally quite upsetting.

THE FERNS - BAILEY ARNOLD-JONES

THE FERNS - BAILEY ARNOLD-JONES
My entry is a print I recently produced using print techniques including the use of a printing press and creating impressions using plants. I created a colour palette by selecting colours that work well together from an image. I then used these colours to create the piece.

THE FLOWERY LION - HERMOINE LEE

THE FLOWERY LION - HERMOINE LEE
I did this by putting stuffing between two pieces of calico, then sewing over it. I designed this first on paper taking into consideration placement and colour. I wanted to add side pieces to my design to tie it together, so I used foam prints to create the repeated pattern.

RIVER TILES - AMBER GIBB

RIVER TILES - AMBER GIBB
This piece of work is inspired by fragments of tiles discovered during a canoe trip down the River Severn where we stopped off at a little river side beach for a break. They were on a beach completely full of broken tiles and had been discarded from the local old tile factory. I have worked some in a machine stitch in the style of Alice Kettle and I have heat pressed and printed some onto fabric and then used a laser cutter to cut them into shapes that are similar to the outlining of the tiles.

TEDDY BEAR - ARIBA NAZAKAT

TEDDY BEAR - ARIBA NAZAKAT
This is my teddy bear which I have made out of polyester socks, I sewed a bag and also a pompom out of wool, there are alphabet cards inside which are hand drawn, the purpose of the teddy bear is for educational reasons, so kids have fun learning.

OOMPALOOMPA - ROBERT CARRUTHERS

OOMPA LOOMPA - ROBERT CARRUTHERS

One of our projects at college was based on designing a small-scale item based on an aspect of Art and therapy, so I focused mine on toys for comforti
I think soft toys in the form of a children’s books characters, are very magical to young children. So, I created an Oompa Loompa from Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which is one of my favourite children’s books.
It was very challenging to make this piece, especially because I had no experience with embroidery or textiles, so I did have some advice and support on the way. It was absolutely incredible to see my version of Oompa Loompa from an illustration to a soft toy.

DEMENTIA FIDGET BLANKET - KATIE HEIGHWAY

DEMENTIA FIDGET BLANKET - KATIE HEIGHWAY
My exhibit is a small-scale design piece that we made at college. The theme was Art to aid Therapy. I decided to create a blanket to help patients who struggle with Dementia, stay calm. It is made from soft fleece to provide comfort, and stimulating objects are sewn on to it to touch and fiddle with and bright colours to attract attention. I made sure the whole blanket was washable and the stitching I used was strong, safe and durable. I hope to make variations of the blanket with other objects attached - perhaps personal to the owner.

BIRD STRESS BALLS - ELEANOR MCGOWAN

BIRD STRESS BALLS - ELEANOR MCGOWAN
My entries to the competition are stress balls made from textiles, wool and felt, in the shape of birds. I wanted them to be pastel colours as I learnt that these colours were very calming.

TIED UP IN NATURE - TEAGAN MANNS

TIED UP IN NATURE - TEAGAN MANNS
These designs use a selection of natural forms such as leaves, flowers and stems. They are combined with tie dyed fabrics to create an effect that is both modern and yet has echoes of classic 1950s and 1960s designs, with the use of offset printing and bold, vibrant block colours.

CHRISTMAS BEDROOM - ELISSA MADIN

CHRISTMAS BEDROOM - ELISSA MADIN
For my project I decided to make a traditional Christmas bedroom. I made the loom for the rug on a matchbox and I printed the wallpaper using a lino print. The miniature stockings are crocheted with the bedspread, teddy bear, holly leaf and present.

VINCENT VAN GOGH'S BUCKET HAT - ALEXANDRA HILL
A bucket hat made from felt the decorative needle felting, inspired by Van Gogh.

THE JACKIE RYAN MEMORIAL AWARD 2020

Despite the challenges of the pandemic in schools and colleges this year we were delighted to receive 15 student entries for the Jackie Ryan Memorial Award 2020. The entries received from across Shropshire included students from Wellington, Telford, Shrewsbury, Ellesmere, Minsterley, West Felton and Bridgnorth.  

There was no theme this year and students were able to enter an existing textile piece they felt was appropriate to the award or create a new piece of textile work.  A wide range of exhibits were received including woven pieces, printed textile designs, embroidery, felt making and three dimensional creations.

Although we were unable to hold an exhibition or viewing of the exhibits we were very fortunate to be able to display the entries for judging at Drapers Hall.  Bart Ryan-Beswick the Managing Director of Tweedmill Textiles came over to Shrewsbury on Thursday 10th December to carry out the judging and view the pieces.

It was a difficult task to select a single piece of work as the winning entry for the award.  On this occasion the decision was taken to shortlist three students that would then have the opportunity to be interviewed at Tweedmill in January.  This will enable Tweedmill to meet the students in person and talk to them about their work before selecting an award winner.   It will also give the students an opportunity to make a presentation with their portfolio and have the experience of an interview.

The three shortlisted students are:

 Becca Lloyd-Jenkins - Rainforest

 Jenny Young - Natural Printing

 Averil Weaver - First Book Of Autumn

The winner of the award will be announced towards the end of January once the interviews have taken place.

The award is a prize offering a two week work placement to a student to develop and design a woven throw which is then taken through into production and a finished product. The throw is then offered to Tweedmill customers on an exclusive basis or may be included in the Tweedmill collection for purchase.

The prize winner has the added advantage of the final design being exhibited at key home textile shows in the UK such as the Spring Fair in Birmingham, Top Drawer in London and other key international textile trade exhibitions.The prize has now been successfully running for four years in association with the Shrewsbury Drapers Company and their annual Textile Design Competition.

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