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Beyond the Bale : December 2016
AWI continues to foster the education and development of tertiary textile and fashion students – inspiring them in the early stage of their careers about the properties and benefits of Merino wool, and encouraging them to continue to use the fibre in their designs as they progress through their professional lives. ORIGINAL AND COMMERCIAL DESIGNS WIN UK TEXPRINT AWARD AWI continues to encourage the use of Merino wool in textile designs, by once again sponsoring an award at Texprint – the UK’s leading graduate design prize. Central Saint Martins graduate Jacob Monk won this year’s Woolmark Company Texprint Award, praised for his original and “very commercial” designs. Shining the spotlight on the best emerging textile designers studying at colleges across the UK, entrants must incorporate a minimum of 60 per cent Merino wool into their textiles and demonstrate a good understanding of the fibre’s qualities and potential application in fabric. The Woolmark Company has supported this special prize for six years. Inspired by a recent trip to Barcelona, Jacob created his woven collection using Merino wool he had dyed himself in order to achieve the colours he desired. The lightweight fabrics were created with men’s trans- seasonal suiting in mind, mixing Merino wool and mohair yarns for added texture and hand feel. Jacob further developed his collection by applying hand and machine embroidered patterns, also using Merino. The Woolmark Company Texprint Award was judged Dormeuil chief designer Aline Judges Dormeuil chief designer Aline Galimberti and 2015/16 International Woolmark Prize Europe menswear finalist Jonathan Christopher with award winner Central Saint Martins graduate Jacob Monk (centre) and with some of his fabric designs (pictured right). TERTIARY EDUCATION HIGHLIGHTS Galimberti, along with 2015/16 International Woolmark Prize Europe menswear finalist Jonathan Christopher of Jonathan Christopher Homme. “In awarding Jacob this prize, there is the aspect of encouraging and helping to develop talent,” explained Ms Galimberti. “Jacob needs to believe in himself because what he does is so well thought-out, creative, original and very commercial. He has a real link with a fibre like wool which is not easy to create, and his work is truly exciting.” 20 OFF FARM
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