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July 1st, 2014


New Designers 2014

Last week I was the lucky recipient of an invite to the annual New Designers show at Islington Design Centre where over 3,000 art/design graduates from across the UK showcase their latest work (courtesy of the recently graduated and talented textile designer, Janice Webb, who happens to also be a friend)!

I started off wondering how the leading buyers at John Lewis or the large fabric houses spot the next Orla Kiely or Jesica Zoob amongst 3 floors jampacked with talent! How was I going to make sure I didn’t miss anything? I soon abandoned any form of strategy for taking everything in and started to browse, being guided by my instincts and drawn to colours/textures and designs I love.

Here are some of the ones that caught my eye, and apologies to all the ones I missed!

The first is a beautiful collection of different weaves by textile designer Ruth Hepburn. They had a distinctly handcrafted feel and I believe the yarns are died with fruits, vegetables and flowers, which maybe explains the richness of the colours. I loved the contrast between the handcrafted feel and the “missoni-like” pattern of the dress on the left.

Collection from textile designer Ruth Hepburn

Collection from textile designer Ruth Hepburn

The second is another woven textiles collection, this time from Fiona Prescott, who focuses on vivid colours. This collection took its inspiration from the architecture in Prague, Amsterdam and Berlin, where Fiona fixated on the graphical and tonal elements within the building structures.

Fiona Prescott

Fiona Prescott

Next up is one of my personal favourites by Sophie Thompson.  I loved the bold inky colours, the inclusion of metalics and nature-inspired themes producing a very unique and dramatic style.

Nature-inspired collection using strong and inky colours by Sophie Thompson

Nature-inspired collection using strong and inky colours by Sophie Thompson

I’m struggling to select my final two, but regular readers will know that I have a weakness for blue/white designs, so it has to be this strikingly original pattern by Harriet Popham entitled “British Blue” and “Birds on Buildings”. Last but not least, is this clever combination of florals and geometrics in eye-popping colours by Imogen Broadbridge.

"British Blue" and "Birds on Buildings" by Harriet Popham

“British Blue” and “Birds on Buildings” by Harriet Popham

Imogen Broadbrige

Imogen Broadbrige

What I liked most about the show was that the designs were all fresh, innovative, often quite personal and very original.

On the top floor you’ll also find the “One Year On” event where you can actually buy work from the previous year’s graduates who have literally been in business for just one year – there are some stunning pieces, lots combining more traditional themes with technology, which produces some very interesting results.

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