Milly Sandy

1st year Milly has had the most fantastic time contributing to studio life at
Circleline.

They made her feel most welcome and she settled in quickly to the life and pace of a working design studio.

While she was there she worked with the team on an article, by the studio, for the forecasting ‘bible’ Textile View magazine and sold a print in Paris to a Brazillian fashion company.

She is definitely one to watch!

The Big Feastival

Lou Oakley-Green, one of our current third year student, has been working her socks off this holidays and thoroughly enjoying herself

Read all about it here…..
For the second year running I have had the pleasure of being involved in the interior installation for Alex James’ Cheese Hub at The Big Feastival.

Working closely with designer Amy Spicer, and Rebecca McDonald to install and create a beautiful woolly interior using products and materials donated by Cheese Hub partners Campaign for Wool.

We restyled the giant chandelier made by Wool and the Gang last year using yarns contributed by West Yorkshire Spinners to compliment The Groucho Club furniture. And, this year one of my biggest tasks was to knit, on site, a 3m x 2.5m backdrop for the DJ booth using Merino wool roving provided by Laxtons Specialist Yarns – knitted on huge poles and hand stitched with gold detail.

The Cheese Hub was packed all weekend and it was an honour to be part of such an amazing team.

You can read the Campaign for Wool write up here.

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Alumni 2015.Tessa Allen

Having gained her degree Tessa went straight,as an intern,to Holly Fulton and started work on her SS16 collection.

Tessa says “the hours were super long but I was learning pattern cutting and working with toiles etc, which I’m glad I got a chance to do. And I was doing a lot of hand sewing and fixing embroidery, because I was the only textile intern! It was a good experience to work in a small team compared to Mary Katrantzou. Fashion week was stressful and tiring as ever but Hollys collection was beautiful“.

Straight after her internship at HF , Tessa went onto an internship at Hand & Lock (literally the day after!) Tessa says “I was really enjoying it. We got set a personal project which we could complete alongside helping with their work set for us, and this involved creating contemporary beading samples with a 3D feel, as you can probably guess I loved doing this! They have so many beads and sequins to choose from. And having all of the archive samples to look through whenever you want is amazing!
Also during the internship I helped to make an embellished piece for their collection, then began to learn monogramming and took part in silk shading, tambour beading and gold work classes. I also helped out the designers with artwork drawings, which was good practise. I began to get trained on the digital machine for embroidery as although they are mainly a hand embroidery company they get a lot of machine requests too. They ended up offering me a job halfway through my internship so I am now working as a design assistant and completing lots of pretty cool jobs!

Tessa concludes “I managed to book a place onto the Lesage workshop at the Chanel exhibition at the Saatchi gallery, which was really good and the brooch they teach you how to make is beautiful! I thought the exhibition was exquisite and getting to see all of the embroidery samples in detail was great“.

We are delighted for you Tessa and wish you every success in the future.Congratulations.

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Holly Fulton-backstage

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Holly Fulton-backstage

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Embroidery-Hand and Lock

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Hand and Lock

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Hand Embroidery

Hand and Lock shop

Big Feastival 2015 with Lou Oakley-Green

Second year student-Lou Oakley-Green.

Over the summer I have had the amazing opportunity to work with Amy Spicer, October Studios http://www.octoberstudios.co.uk creating some woolly installations for a barn party for Red Tractor on Alex James’ farm in the Cotswolds on 8th August, and Alex James’ party tent (and VIP area) for The Big Feastival, run by Alex James & Jamie Oliver, at the end of August.

The interior was a collaboration with Wool & the Gang so I have worked with their Crazy Sexy Wool to make crochet jar covers, large wooly crochet balls with tassels (as the centrepiece for a gigantic wooly chandelier), and I designed and stitched a 2.5 x 5m cross stitch wall for the VIP area.

I worked with Amy and her team for the day to install the interior for the Red Tractor event, and subsequently spent three days back on the farm installing the interior for the ‘Cheese Hub’ for the Feastival. It was thrilling to see my work on show during the Feastival, and hearing lovely comments from festival goers enjoying the decor. Seeing my work in the background of loads of images on social media has been so rewarding! The Cheese Hub rocked all weekend!!

It has been an amazing opportunity to work on these projects with Amy, and its been so exciting to be able to input creatively into the projects. To have the chance to see a project like this through from the design stages, installation, and even ‘break down’ has been fantastic.

Additional images on Twitter and Instagram:

@thealexjames
@ajpcheese

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