Perceived Perceptions by Sian O'Doherty

The Textile Society Student Bursaries and Awards.

The Textile Society is committed to supporting and developing the study of textiles in the UK and awards bursaries supporting internships or apprenticeships and BA or MA final year projects or dissertations. Students undertaking any UK educational textile/fashion or related course are eligible. The deadline in 2017 is March 7th.

Funds for the bursaries are raised every year at our antique textile fairs in London and Manchester and the awards are announced at the Manchester fair, with the opportunity for short listed candidates to exhibit at the fair.

If you want to see examples of past winners, please click on the past winners tab.

2017

MA Student Bursary Award

WINNER - Postgraduate Student Award

Abigail Barnes

Royal College of Art

Abigail Barnes

The work of Abigail Barnes is sensory and exquisite. The judges were impressed by the level of skill and craftsmanship demonstrated in the production of the work, and how this was deployed to creative effect (rather than being an end in itself). Materials such as leathers, furs and silks were being utilised to form highly decorative embellished and constructed cloths that had the potential for a wide variety of applications. There was an elegant fusion between the digital and ‘hand’ processes with media and materials being sensitively and carefully selected.

The work occupies that strange and wonderful aesthetic that is almost the abject; it is both compelling in it’s beautiful execution and sensory apparatus, yet also repulses in its flesh coloured tonal grounds that grow precise extrusions of dense, massed detailing. It could be the body turned inside; reflected back on itself through scopes and lenses. But these textiles are not visceral; they call out to be stroked, handled and held. There is a collision here between embellishment for and ‘on’ the textile and what maybe considered the artefact of jewellery, whilst the photographic documentation of the work hinted at the possibility of exciting graphic and image-based applications. Work that still has a ‘journey’ to travel is always exciting.

Student work (especially) should show the potential of itself rather than be at a point of closure, and it was for this reason that the judges were particularly impressed with Abigails application. It is hoped that the bursary will help her to explore these aspects of her practice further following the completion of her MA in Mixed Media Textiles at The Royal College of Art.

RUNNER UP - Postgraduate Student Award

Zita Katona

Heriot-Watt

Zita Katona

Zita Katona’s printed textile project ‘Anthropocene’ is inspired by the human built environment. A student from Heriot-Watt University her work takes on the sixties modernist architectural environment of ‘brutalism’ and the vernacular of Scotland including pylons and the industrial landscape.

The judges admired her colour palette and use of laser cut wood blocks and digital print on course linen, as well as using her designs for a more delicate devore. Her enthusiasm when talking to her complimented well presented written work and communicated a topical and lively context. Zita also gave details of budget costings, materials and travel for research explaining how the Textile Society budget would be used.

RUNNER UP - Postgraduate Student Award

Alice Hebdon

Glasgow School of Art

Alice Hebdon

Through access to the Glasgow School of Art archives, Alice has researched the origins of the artist’s smock in the paintings of the Scottish artist Joan Eardley and her original working garment. Alice is intrigued by the qualities if its wear and tear, the accidental splatters of paint, and staining. The judges were impressed by Alice’s development from research to ideas towards contemporary practice and textile design.

Continuing with the traditions of linen in smocks, Alice has developed her print using linens produced by Peter Greig and Company of Kirkaldy, the last remaining linen weavers in Scotland. Her printed samples demonstrate an empathy with the qualities of cloth – continuing to soften and wet finish the linens before distressing them, breaking down their surface by brushing and sanding, and subsequently darning and mending – before imprinting these tactile qualities and reprinting them back onto the cloth. The judges responded to Alice’s vision for the development of these traditional garments into a collection of printed compositions for new, extreme fashion shapes.

In the future, Alice aims to develop working relationships with other Scottish textile manufacturers and cloth finishers.

2017

BA Student Bursary Award

WINNER - Undergraduate Student Award

Lauren Hulme

Manchester School of Art

Lauren Hulme

The judges were intrigued by the way Lauren is applying linear geometry and laser cutting technique to give wood fluid, flexible textile-like qualities. Her cut patterns enable different weights and scales of plywood to bend, fold and twist. She uses screen print to add a colourful, decorative dimension. Lauren explained to the judging team how she has transferred her personal experiences of dyslexia to her work, by not allowing preconceptions to limit what a material can and can’t do. This positive, creative attitude has not only guided her to push the design boundaries, it underpins her refusal to allow negative perceptions of dyslexia to curb her own potential.

Lauren is completing her BA Textiles in Practice final project at Manchester School of Art.

RUNNER UP - Undergraduate Student Award

Jodie Smith

MMU

Jodie Smith