Tanya Fryer, one of this year’s graduates from BA Hons Textile Design for Fashion and Interiors, is featured in an article on Drawing and Concept in the current issue of embroidery magazine.

We couldn’t be more delighted for you Tanya.

Tanya says on her blog
I’m feeling very privileged that Embroidery magazine chose to feature my work in their graduate round up this month. The piece included is ‘Chelsea Trees,’ the inspiration, design process and making of which can be found here


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The visual reference for their verbal presentations.

The third year students discuss with staff, and each other, the decisions they’ve made regarding their first project of the new academic year.
Here they’re pictured with the visual prompts they put together over the summer.
Now let the fun begin.We’re looking forward to fabulous outcomes

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Alumni-Anna Glasbrook

Catching up with the super creative and colour fiend Anna Glasbrook,alumni of Bath School of Art and Design.
Watch out for Anna at all the major shows in the coming years and watch this space as she reports back.

Images 1 &2: The Glow Panel was a commission for clients in Lewes nr Brighton, they wanted (and got!) a wow factor for their new entrance atrium, using edge lit material stitched through with neon ribbon
Images 3,4,5: Glow Bloks currently on show at Devon Guild until September when they are going to South Bank Centre as part of Design Nation Showcase ‘Light’.
Image 6: is detail from a piece now installed in a private home. stitching through layers of transparent film encased in a glass tower

I was super excited to be accepted as a member of Design Nation and then to be selected to show on their stand at Decorex this year (2015)

I also have commissions in Bristol and London and I’ve been shortlisted for
Friends of the Garden Award and in with the chance to work with a glass master craftsperson…fingers crossed!


It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

Well it is for Bath School of Art and Design’s textile alumni Sara Gifford.
Sara is busy working in the team producing and conjuring up the magic for seasonal display at Harrods.
Sara says…
I’m a Visual merchandiser in the home department in Harrods, we create 90% of the in-store schemes and work alongside brands that have their own brand handwriting.

I would say Christmas is my favourite season.I love to create a magical space for all ages

We do have a very significant amount of say in all aspects of vm, from research, concept and delivery.
Eventually I would like to go into home styling for magazines or catalogs and further down the line to have my own business.

We can’t see why not Sara.You were an extremely capable and creative student and nothing has changed!

Keep in touch Sara with updates please.We love to see your practice.



What a lucky little girl Polly’s niece is

3rd yr degree student Polly has based her final collection of children’s clothes around her niece.
Exciting prints decorate dresses,tee shirts and assessories.Attention to detail and a love of the unusual make this collection stand out and are creating a lot of attention
Her niece has chosen her favourite outfit!

Soon we will be able to see the whole collection displated in Polly’s exhibition open from June 6 -14th at Bath School of Art and Design

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Textiles in Bath

What a joy yesterday, when visiting an interiors exhibition at Manchester City Art Gallery,
to come across this textile reference with links to Bath.

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Stones of Bath 1959
John Piper 1903-1992
Made by Arthur Anderson & Son Ltd 1962
Screen printed on Sanderlin(a satirised cotton fabric)

Naturally many of the students mention in their application and interview that they are inspired by the city, its architecture and its distictive sense of style.Of course once the successful applicants are here some of them base research around the cityscape,focussing on the beautifully preserved features of another era.
We as a department celebrate being here in this beautiful city by being involved within the community and forging links with local business’s too.

In 1959 John Piper was commissioned by textile and wallpaper manufacturer Arthur Sanderson & Sons Ltd to design five textiles as part of their centenary celebrations.Stones of Bath was a best seller.Screen printed textiles with a painterly design of earthy colours were popular during the late 1950s and early 1960s.Screen printing also allowed for textile designs with much larger pattern repeats then had ever been seen before.Stones of Bath worked well when seen in long lengths for floor to ceiling curtains.

Pipers textile design is neither completely abstract nor entirely representational.With glimpse of ancient architecture in an abstracted landscape, he expresses the city of Bath as unspoilt and timeless.Piper negotiated a unique path between tradition and modernity that appealed to Britain’s sense of national identity.

In the featured watercolour, also by Piper, of Lansdowne Place East and Lansdowne Crescent 1942 Piper focussed on the Georgian domestic architecture in Lansdowne where bomb damage was greatest