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Ten Instagram accounts to follow if you’re a Textile Design student

Written by Mica Lawrence
Published date 31 October 2019

Whether you’re looking for inspiration for your next project or want to be the first to know about the latest textile trends, we asked staff and students from our BA Textile Design, Graduate Diploma Textile Design and MA Textile Design courses for their recommendations of the essential accounts to follow.

Chelsea BA Textile Graduate Liisa Chisholm is a London-based creative who was born and raised at the foot of the Canadian Rockies. Her playful work spans textile design, ceramics, illustration, and animation - she is constantly exploring new methods of sharing her colours and patterns with the world.

Three images - playful illustration of yellow and white flowers with smiley faces. An image of Liisa painting ceramics and a collection of illustrated prints including a snake, a tree and polka dots
Examples of Liisa's work from her Instagram account. - Credit: @liisachisholm Caption

Liberty is famed for its directional design, cultural collaborations and inspiring curation. Its dedicated in-house design studio is still at the core of everything they do, hand painting and creating beautiful prints, and reworking finds from their 45,000-strong archive.

Three image examples from Liberty London Instagram account. Images include rolls of printed fabric, a display of homeware in the store and a moodboard including Victorian images of women
Examples of content Liberty London share on their Instagram account. - Credit: @libertylondon Caption

A materials research design studio, consultancy and school. Ma_tt_er design, advise, communicate and educate about the implementation of responsible materials. Director Seetal Solanki also works closely with our Graduate Diploma students.

Three images. Seaweed, woman holding seaweed and a landscape shot of hills in autumn
Examples of content shared on ma_tt_er's Instagram. - Credit: @ma_tt_er Caption

Stich School offers a playful approach to the art of needlework for all ages. It was co-founded in 2017 by Chelsea’s Melanie Bowles, senior tutor on BA Textile Design, and Aimee Betts whose aim is to provide professional and inspirational guidance to reconnect to the benefits of embroidery through embroidery kits, workshops and community events including The Supper Cloth where groups sit around a large communal table cloth and stitch together!

Three images - a shot of the back of a piece of fabric that has been stitched showing the various colourful threads. A group of women sitting around a large piece of fabric and stitching.  A example of finished work - multicolored patterns and shapes.
Examples of content shared on Stitch School's Instagram account. - Credit: @stitch_school Caption

Coloro’s aim is to “shake up the colour industry and finally give creative and fashion professionals the most logical, intuitive and universal colour system that will revolutionize the way we work with colour – from design all the way through to production – for good”.

Three images - cut out sculpture of man moving through pieces of coloured paper. Multicoloured square. Colourful baskets and shapes
Examples of content found on Coloro's Instagram account. - Credit: @coloro_ Caption

FranklinTill is a futures research agency working with global brands and organisations to explore and implement sustainable design, material and colour innovation.

 Three images. Illustration of three girls plating hair.  Woman standing in from of red door in multicolour checked top and skirt. Handmade sign with the text 'Protest and Diversity'
Example of content found on Franklin Till's Instagram. - Credit: @franklintill Caption

Working alongside world-leading brands such as Chanel, Nike, Alexander Wang and Levi’s, Lucy Hardcastle Studio creates groundbreaking experiences and content with a focus on real and imagined touch, visual illusions and sensual aesthetics, under Creative Director and Chelsea graduate, Lucy Hardcastle.

This interdisciplinary studio based in London, explores the tensions between physical and virtual worlds through interactive technologies, moving image & animation and 3D visuals, objects and spaces.

Three textured images from Lu Hardcastle's instagram account. Images are multicolored, sensory inducing images
Examples of Lucy Hardcastle's work, shared on her Instagram account. - Credit: @Luhardcastle Caption

Suzanne Jongmans is an interdisciplinary artist, seamstress, sculptor, costume designer and photographer.

Using disposable material such as packing foam and tin, she meticulously designs the exquisite costumes for her models – a subtle critique of our consumer society. One aspect of her work is a nod to old masters of the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries including Rembrandt and Vermeer. Suzanne then brings her designs to life in her photographic portraits. She says: “It is all about tranquillity, timelessness, beauty.”

Three images of three women in elizabethan style outfits mixed with modern day elements
Examples of work shared on Suzanne Jongmans Instagram. - Credit: @suzannejongmans Caption

The global authority for colour communication and inspiration since 1963, Pantone provides a universal language of colour that enables colour-critical decisions through every stage of the workflow for brands and manufacturers.

Three images - Glass house standing in field and surrounded by blue clouds, Woman standing in yellow dress, holding large piece of yellow backdrop paper and scissors and woman lying on a bed in a bedroom - everything is coral.
Examples of content that Pantone share on their Instagram account. - Credit: @pantone Caption

Slowdown Studio is the brainchild of Los Angeles-based designer Marc Hendrick. Discovering emerging and established artists from across the globe, collaboration is at its heart. The modern lifestyle brand celebrates individuality and artistry, and the result is a collection of living, breathing works of art that are both functional and beautiful.

Three textured images from Slowdown Studio. Images use colourful drawing collage style
Examples of work from Slow Down Studios Instagram account. - Credit: @slowdownstudio Caption

Find out more about our Textile Design courses at Chelsea:

BA Textile Design

Graduate Diploma Textile Design

MA Textile Design

See what our textile students are getting up to this term, and follow their accounts on Instagram: