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Judging

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Judges South Centre 2018

Kyla Boulter

I am a graduate of Textiles and Surface Pattern Design who achieved a First-class honours award; my work and skills are directed towards Fashion. Focusing on digital print, fabric manipulation and hand embroidery.

The skills I have are drawing, painting and mixed media, digital print, flock and foiling, devore, appliqué, sewing machine skills, machine and hand embroidery, smocking techniques and combining all of the above to create bold and contemporary statement fashion pieces.

During my 5-year University Degree I exhibited a piece of my bespoke embroidery art work alongside my peers at the British Trade Craft show in Harrogate.

I have also won 3rd prize at the Bradford and Textiles Society Competition on two separate occasions for producing mixed print and embellished samples in both fashion and interior design.

Having exhibited at the Design Business Centre of New Designers in London, presenting my final level 3 fashion garments and accessories using both traditional embroidery embellishments and combining them with contemporary digital prints, has given me invaluable experience as to what is current in the world of fashion.

My own work is unique and I like to create new and innovative couture fashion pieces.

Following my degree, I have become the Surface Pattern Designer for Cotton Traders, designing prints for fashion and also the Guinness clothing line and Help for Heroes accessories too.  
 

 

Nicky Simpson BA (Hons) Fashion & Textiles (Print)

My initial career was in the fashion industry working in the heart of London as a print designer and colourist on behalf of a French mill based in Lyon. I went on to create seasonal fashion print collections buying and redesigning archive prints. I worked and designed for all the high street stores from Marks and Spencer to River Island. After 22 years I then went on to my second career of teaching Fashion & Textiles at Hillview School for Girls, having taught D&T Textiles at GCSE and A Level, BTEC Level 3 and Art & Design Textiles at GCSE and A Level, as well as mentored several graduate trainees. Edexcel/Pearson now exhibit our students work online as exemplars. I have also delivered tutorials at the Knitting and Stitching show and I present workshops to other textile teachers on behalf of the Textile Skills Academy.

Having retired from teaching, I am now doing my own contemporary art work building up my collection based on use of a heat press recreating the delicate nature of leaves and flora. I love all things textural and like to craft with a machine and hand embroidery combining layers and fabrics. Recently I have also become a volunteer aa London Hospital to help patients with art therapy.

 

Robert Leach  

Robert Leach was educated at Kingston University and graduated in 1981, has been in the fashion business for over 30 years, working first as designer in his own right, then in the field of styling and journalism, working for such visionary publications as the then fledgling i-D Magazine, in television and on advertising campaigns.He has been an Associate Lecturer at Central St Martins since 1992, and since 2002 he has been employed as a Senior Lecturer by the University of Westminster on the BA(Hons) Fashion Design course. He has worked alongside top fashion employers on student recruitment as well as on creative collaborations with lots of international fashion companies and design- related institutions. His first love is for visual research and his first book, The Fashion Resource Book explains the exciting process of researching for design to the young designer. His second book The Fashion Resource Book - Men, was published as a companion in March 2014 and covers the menswear design process; has lots of interviews with industry professionals and has a chapter on archetypal menswear garments.


 

 

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