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