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London Transport Museum celebrates iconic textiles

Christa Holka, 2015, Beatwoven
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11 November 2016

An exhibition and event series highlighting the importance of woven textiles is opening this month as part of the London Transport Museum’s Designology season. Co-curated by BA Textile Design’s Woven Pathway Leader Philippa Brock, ‘Weaving Futures’  sees a host of Central Saint Martins staff, students and alumni take over the museum.



Each week until 18 February 2017 different designers, researchers, artists and industry experts will take up residency in the Museum’s studio. Exploring the process of making digital woven textiles, the residents will all respond to the same brief, “to explore the role of textiles in modern transport, focusing on sources of data generated by or helpful to the transport system”. Using a state of the art TC2 digital jacquard loom, each week the studio weaver will interpret the residence’s designs, creating a brand new body of collaborative work.

We’ve picked out our highlights, so that you don’t have to miss a thing.


BA Textile Design’s designs woven live

Having been presented with the brief set for the programme earlier in the term, BA Textile Design students devise their own visual data collection using London transport as inspiration for weave and printed textiles. From this, four students were selected by staff from the Museum and Textile Companies to take their designs to the Weaving Futures studio. 

Kickstarting the programme of events, the winning students Phoebe Sudderick, Lily Thornton, Michael Woods and Mimi Forrest will be working in the studio from 1 – 3 December. Meet the students and see their designs being woven live by the studio weavers. 

Assemble: Turner Prize winner’s approach to textiles 

Assemble X Granby Workshop

Assemble X Granby Workshop

Alum and now Spatial Practices tutor, Maria Lisogorskaya will take over the Weaving Futures studio from 6 – 8 December alongside her Assemble colleagues Jane Hall and Paloma Strelitz. Having won the Tuner Prize last year, come along and see how these discipline-dissolving architects respond to the brief. 

Linda Florence on translating printed designs into woven textiles 

Meet BA Textile Design’s Stage One Leader and designer, Linda Florence from 20 – 22 December. Find out about traditional and new  techniques and see Linda collaboratively tackle the set brief with the studio weavers.


Studio Houdstooth interrogate textiles

Made up of BA Textile Design’s Philippa Brock and Jo Pierce, Studio Houndstooth is a collaborative project which pushes innovative textile and material design processes. Leading the 7th week of the take-over, join the pair in the weave studio and try your hand at creating the iconic houndstooth motif.

Josephine Ortega on comfort in textiles

Josephine Ortega graduated from BA Textile Design earlier this year. Interested in the perception of comfort, Josephine’s final project culminated in a series of textile proposals for transport seating. From 6 -7 January, discover Josephine’s hand crafted designs and find out how her transport fabric designs challenge boundaries.

Brock, Dempsey and Veja research collaboration

Dr Priti Veja, Central Saint Martins alum and BA Textile Design associate lecturer, will join co-curators Philippa Brock and Samuel Dempsey to collaboratively respond to the brief. Combining their expertise which span across 3D woven jacquard, product design, 3D printing and woven e-textiles, the trio will look into how electronics can be built into woven structures.


Industry to art with Ismini Samanidou

Ismini Samanidou -National Theatre Commission

Ismini Samanidou -National Theatre Commission

Trained at CSM, Ismini’s practice touches on the boundaries of craft, art and design with work developed for site-specific commissions, industry collaborations and unique pieces for exhibition. See how her versatile industry-based experience influences her response to the brief as the studio weavers respond to her ideas.

Weaving music with BeatWoven

Founded by BA Textile Design graduate Nadia-Anne Ricketts, avant-garde design label BeatWoven will take up residency from 9-10 February. Combining music and material, BeatWoven uses songs and sounds to express musical formations through textiles. Join us at the museum and see how the studio designers respond to their rhythmic interpretation of the brief.


Weaving Futures will be open from 22 November, visit the London Transport Museum’s website for further details.