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Final year Textile Design students design scarves for Consinee Cashmere.

Thirteen final year Textile Design students have used their printing and embellishing skills on high quality cashmere scarves supplied by Consinee, manufacturers of the highest quality luxury yarns.

Textile Design students with scarves
Textile Design students working on their designs

Thirteen final-year Textile Design students have used their printing and embellishing skills on high quality cashmere scarves supplied by Consinee, manufacturers of the highest quality luxury yarns.

Students were asked to design and execute their own interpretation of today's heirloom shawl, drawing on either printing, embroidering, applique, cutwork, or mixed media to create their final piece. Consinee's Creative Director and NTU Alumna Jane Sked, was inspired to sponsor materials and devise the project after seeing work exhibited on the NTU graduate stand sponsored by Spinexpo in Shanghai, in 2013.

The project gave students a large amount of creative freedom to research original visual sources of inspiration for the Spring/ Summer 2015 season, Consinee wanting the Textile Design students to let their work be "an exquisite expression" of their creativity, giving them very few restrictions.

""The Art of the Scarf" project was born out of a collaboration between Consinee Cashmere and our thirteen final-year Textile Design students," commented acting Course Leader, Tina Downes, "The opportunity to take part in live projects set by industry collaborators is a fantastic learning experience for students, particularly when the materials are as beautiful as the cashmere scarves supplied by Consinee."

Green scarf
Work by Katy Taylor

Jennifer Spencer, one of the students who took part said, "I really enjoyed focussing on accessory, especially the scarf as it was an application I had not thought about designing for before."

Katy Taylor added, "I really got to explore working 3D and pushing myself, and was able to work with luxury yarns like cashmere and have a finished product at the end of it."

Cyan Jordan, another student involved said, "The project was great. It pushed me into the print room and encouraged me to be brave with my design. My scarves used abstract florals and coral structures to create a playful aesthetic. Because we were provided with these lovely cashmere scarves we only had one chance to get them right. It was pretty daunting but it pushed me to get it right the first try."

The students' work was showcased at Shanghai Spinexpo exhibition March 2014. Spinexpo takes place twice a year in Shanghai and once a year in New York and presents international top level work in the field of fabrics, yarns for knitting, circular knit and weaving, socks, laces, labels and technical textiles. The event is attended by thousands of designers, buyers and decision makers, and Nottingham Trent University has developed close ties with Spinexpo over the past five years, these links proving instrumental in helping students secure work placements and employment opportunities.

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Final year Textile Design students design scarves for Consinee Cashmere.

Published on 16 April 2014
  • Category: School of Art & Design

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