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The Weave workshop is focused on designing and making a wide variety of fabrics and structures for an array of applications. This can include fashion, interiors, accessories and one-off woven installation pieces. Students are encouraged to use a range of both experimental and standard materials and approaches.

In this workshop students have produced everything from experimental fabric ranges, through to one off pieces for space and body adornment. Students can learn the basics of how cloth is constructed, then go on to design using increasingly complex structures and ideas. Students can also use their work to make statements about the world they live in, covering issues such as sustainability, bio-design, material futures, e-textiles, and societal.

The Weave workshop has a selection of equipment including table looms, electronic Dobby looms, ARM computerised looms and state of the art TC2 jacquard looms. Weave students have access to all of these looms at different stages of their course.

While any student is welcome to visit us, the primary users are students on the Textile Design course.

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Questions answered by Specialist Technician Linsay Robinson

What can students do here?

The students have a thorough design education, specialising in woven textiles. They have a wide variety of projects, including industry led fashion and interiors projects with companies such as Gainsborough, Timothy Everest and V V Rouleaux.

What is the most common request you get?

Every question I get seems to start “This is just a quick question but...!” then the question can be about anything from a technical issue with a warp to questions about weave structures to finishing techniques – the range is endless.

Is there a particular project you remember?

A favourite is always the ribbon project.  The limit in width seems to enable the students to be extra creative and take more design risks, with great results. All very inventive, intricate and slightly out there.

Have you ever had to say to a student that a project was impossible?

Some things just need a bit of lateral thinking… We have students weaving with a great variety of yarns and fibres so being inventive about use of materials is part of the brief.

What makes this workshop a special place at CSM?

We asked the final year students for their comments… They came up with:

1. The people, students and staff, the feeling of community and that everyone is here all the time.

2. The traditional feel of the workshop and that it is well equipped (and that things don’t go wrong!)

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