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Elements: The Texprint Story

Launching exclusively to Edits, we have teamed up with Texprint to bring the best of creative textile design graduates' work from Universities around the country. Curated by Home and Apparel Textile Designer; Sarah Campbell, we find out a bit more about the charity and the choices behind each selected product.

We asked Sarah to tell us a little about Texprint and how she came to work together with them on this project…

For over 40 years Texprint has supported textile graduates from our art schools by connecting them with industry; each year the most talented and outstanding students across the UK have been put forward by their tutors, invited to interview, selected, and given awards both financial and practical.

Selected graduates have been introduced to the professional working world of textile design and production at major brands, with manufacturers, at studios. One of the great opportunities this year has been to have work translated into product with Surface View.

Having been a commercial textile designer all my career, working with a range of high profile clients from Liberty in the 60s to WestElm currently. I was very excited to be asked to sit on the judging panel for the Texprint special awards in July 2014, where we saw and evaluated work from the chosen 24 BA and MA graduates. Gradually and with much debate we decided on the finalists.

From this I was invited to be the guest editor for the collaboration with Surface View, to curate a selection of products that would form ‘Elements’.

Shortlisted from the 24 designers, five were invited to submit work; the imagery was varied both in content and construction from bold paintings to fine graphic manipulations. I enjoyed the challenge of curating a cohesive group that allowed the best of these individual qualities to flourish and be seen.

As I sifted it seemed that the imagery fell happily into three groups - sea, earth and sky - the strata of the natural world. From the gestural landscapes, through sharp graphic collages, precise woven structures, florals both painted and drawn, to the meticulous astrological drawings hiding in a sketchbook – all were united by ‘the elements’.

We're all delighted with the results: the beautiful job Surface View have done to bring these patterns to life – and to the public – is second to none. The designers deserve the best, and I think they have got it here with this elegantly presented collection – Elements.

Take a look below to see some of our favourite picks, or explore the full Edit here.

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