The Action Factory.Bath

Above.Work by ceramic artist Claire Loder

The School of Art and Design has acquired a ‘new to them’ building.
The Action Factory on Locksbrook Road in Bath, in the UK.

The iconic building is situated next to the river and within walking distance of both the city centre and the main student accommodation.

Although textiles won’t be centred there we will of course use all the facilities and be part of the bigger picture.
We have our own exciting plans under wraps and, as they say, watch this space.

Currently there’s a staff exhibition in part of the space and this show, along with the student exhibition at Sion Hill, has been drawing in the crowds.

If you missed our show we will be at New Designers from Weds 28th June until Sat 1st July 2017 and then again at RHS Hampton Court from July 4th -9th July 2017

Please say Hi. We love to talk to you.

Below are pictures from the show and images of the building before the adaptation.

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Bath School of Art and Design liaise with Industry.

Textile Design for Fashion and Interiors are always pleased and excited to be working with industry and business and our latest contacts are no exception.

We were warmly welcomed to their headquarters last week and thoroughly enjoyed our tour of their factory and studio.
The staff were extremely knowledgeable and shared information willingly.

We look forward to our future joint projects and student support.


The design studios. Textiles and graphics students work side by side.


The digital machines work alongside roller printers


We meet up with an ex student who is now working for the company.


Colour is an essential and exacting part of the design process


Vital colour matching


Essential colour mixing in all departments



Getting the colour exact


Colour matching.The programme analyses the colour ration and adjusts according to the entered requirements.


Varying widths and weights of paper are used depending on the final use of the printed and or embossed surface covering


The vast array of papers in varying widths and weights


Design, colour and printing


Mixing the coating


Preparing the PVC coating.This type of surface in mainly used in contract orders for commercial venues such as hotels,cruise ships, hospitals and module homes.



The fabric base is away from the selvedge once the material has been coated



Random swatches taken for colour analysis.


Three wallpaper drops are examined for variation in colour, printing or any other inherent faults


Racks of embossing cylinders


Looking at registration and repeat


Bespoke wallpaper for clients


Samples designs for the contract market.

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