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STUDENT ARTIST COMPETITION 2024 RESULTS!!

STUDENT ARTIST COMPETITION 2024 RESULTS!!

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THE RESULTS!!!
*WINNERS ANNOUNCED*

 

We are thrilled to announce the winners of our STUDENT TEXTILES ARTIST COMPETITION 2024.

This year we were overwhelmed at the response, receiving over 600 entries this year!! Literally the inbox broke!!!

The judges said they were astonished at the quality of the work they had to choose from, one saying:  ‘All of the entries were wonderful; it was so difficult to choose! Please let all of the finalists know I’m very, very proud that we have such amazing talent emerging in the world of textiles today,’ Jon Dunn-Ballam

This year’s competition was sponsored by JANOME UK & IRELAND Sewing Machines and DRYAD EDUCATION (formerly Specialist Crafts/Heart Education).

JANOME UK have kindly given a 725S sewing machine for each of the 2 winners.

DRYAD EDUCATION (formerly Specialist Crafts/Heart Education) are giving a £50 voucher to the 2 winners teachers  and a goody bag to the first 3 places in each category.

Each winner will also receive a TEXTILES SKILLS CENTRE TROPHY and each teacher will get a free online TSC course.


JUDGES 2024
Janome UK –  Deborah Shepherd, Creative Director
Dryad Education –  Fleur Neal, Head of Sales and Marketing
Jon Dunn-Ballam –  Textile Artist
Sally Denton –  Executive director at the University of Lincoln
Nikki Parmenter –  Textile Artist

And our amazing student winners are:

KS 5 / A Level Category:

1st   Place:  GEORGIA DONE  –  Sir John Deane’s Sixth Form College, Cheshire
Teacher:  Emma Johnson
2nd Place:  AMY WHITE  –  Sir John Deane’s Sixth Form College, Cheshire
Teacher:  Emma Johnson
Joint 3rd Place:   SEVVAL ALMACA  –  The Worthgate School, Canterbury
Teacher:  Sarah Jane Mulcahy
Joint 3rd Place:   JACK BETTEY  –  The Highfield School, Hertfordshire
Teacher:  Cara Burnham

 

KS 4 / GCSE Category:

1st Place:  NEVE SCOTT  –  Boston Spa Academy, Leeds
Teacher:  Gemma Hibbard
2nd Place: WILF BLACKMORE –  Bristol Cathedral Choir School
Teacher:  Eve Walmsley
3rd Place:  CARA BAILEY  – Bristol Cathedral Choir School
Teacher:  Eve Walmsley

 

FINALISTS FROM EACH CATEGORY 

Highly Commendable students that reached the final selection in each category. There were many other highly commended students, as we had so many great entries.
KS5 / A LEVEL  Highly Commended Final Selection 
ARTIST Myla Heather-Frost & TEACHER Ashleigh Lynch from Peterborough
ARTIST Hakima Sabri & TEACHER Sarah Jane Mulcahy from Canterbury
ARTIST Clodagh Bekusch & TEACHER Leah Holliday from Jersey
ARTIST Yeva Revenko & TEACHER Sarah Jane Mulcahy from Canterbury
ARTIST Elsa Van Der Horst & TEACHER Sharon Porteous Parton from Shrewsbury
ARTIST Rosa Wood  & TEACHER Sharon Porteous Parton from Shrewsbury
ARTIST Marysa Robinson & TEACHER Leah Holliday from Jersey
ARTIST Connie White & TEACHER Shana Leather from Hampshire
ARTIST Bethany Saunders & TEACHER Sophia Wrona from Swindon
KS4 / GCSE  Highly Commended Final Selection
ARTIST Emma Drinkwater & TEACHER Eve Walmsley from Bristol
ARTIST Hannah Thomas & TEACHER Gemma Curtin from Surrey
ARTIST Emily Green & TEACHER Abi Wakeham-Thomas from Wiltshire
ARTIST Ursula Jeffery & TEACHER Abi Wakeham-Thomas from Wiltshire
ARTIST Lily Mackenzie & TEACHER Sarah McCullagh from Oxford
ARTIST Grace Thresher & TEACHER Abi Wakeham-Thomas from Wiltshire
ARTIST Alice Turner & TEACHER Sophia Wrona from Swindon
ARTIST Myla Heather-Frost & TEACHER Ashleigh Lynch from Peterborough
ARTIST Hakima Sabri & TEACHER Sarah Jane Mulcahy from Canterbury
ARTIST Clodagh Bekusch & TEACHER Leah Holliday from Jersey
ARTIST Yeva Revenko & TEACHER Sarah Jane Mulcahy from Canterbury
ARTIST Elsa Van Der Horst & TEACHER Sharon Porteous Parton from Shrewsbury
ARTIST Rosa Wood  & TEACHER Sharon Porteous Parton from Shrewsbury
ARTIST Marysa Robinson & TEACHER Leah Holliday from Jersey
ARTIST Connie White & TEACHER Shana Leather from Hampshire
ARTIST Bethany Saunders & TEACHER Sophia Wrona from Swindon

UNRAVELLING THE FABRIC OF TEXTILES EDUCATION

UNRAVELLING THE FABRIC OF TEXTILES EDUCATION

7 MARCH 2024

The survey and report were designed, collated, and written by Dawn Foxall and Roy Ballam.

Unravelling the fabric of Textiles Education – Where Next?

As the landscape of education continues to evolve, the Textiles Skills Centre unveils its latest report, Unravelling the Fabric of Textiles Education – Where next? shedding light on the current status and potential future direction of textiles education in schools.

Since 2014, textiles education has primarily been taught within Design and Technology (D&T) in the National Curriculum for Key Stages 1 to 3. However, recent trends indicate a shift towards teaching textiles through Art & Design, and more generally there have been raising concerns about the diminishing status of textiles education.

Through research encompassing expert groups, surveys, and stakeholder engagement, the Textiles Skills Centre sought to gauge the pulse of textiles education. Key findings reveal a demand for updated subject content, clearer progression pathways, and a reinvigorated promotion of the value of textiles education.

To read the full report:
FULL REPORT


What’s happening now?
  • Primary school pupils get around 30 hours of textiles education over six years.
  • Secondary schools allocate 53 hours (on average) for textiles over Key Stage 3.
  • Pupils express a keen interest in textiles lessons and desire more engagement.
  • There a change happening at GCSE level, with a shift from D&T to Art & Design.
What would teachers and pupils like in the future?
  • Keep textiles in D&T at Key Stage 1 to 3.
  • Update subject content, delivery, and timetabling, showing clear progression.
  • Make textiles at GCSE more relevant and specific.
  • Define and promote the value of textiles education.

Recommendations for the future

Based on the work with schools, as well as discussions with experts, the Textiles Skills Centre recommends:

  1. Conduct a deep dive into primary textiles: Gather information on the teaching of textiles at KS1 and 2 in UK primary schools.
  2. Consult on secondary content and teaching approaches: With the textiles teaching community, seek to outline core content for textiles, with assessment strategies, appropriate teaching strategies, and the strengths and weaknesses of different timetabling models.
  3. Develop a clear understanding of textiles education: With a cross-section of stakeholders, develop a clear understanding of the rationale, purpose, and content of textiles education. Showcase what it comprises, showing breadth of coverage, with pedagogical, technological, cultural and sustainability aspects.
  4. Discuss GCSE options: Teacher feedback and pupil voice should be acknowledged, with the acceptance of the practical challenges ahead of any change. Any GCSE offer, whether changes to current specifications or development of new specifications, needs to be discussed with all stakeholders, including Awarding Organisations, higher education, and employers.
  5. Ensure teacher subject knowledge: Based on having a clear understanding of textiles education from 5-16 years (see recommendation 3), CPD needs to be offered to support primary and secondary teachers embracing any change, as well as being competent with subject content.
  6. Promote textiles education: Develop a promotional campaign to highlight the rationale, benefits, and value of textiles education in schools.

 

Dawn Foxall, Founder of the Textiles Skills Centre said:

“It is without doubt that if we lose textiles as a subject in our schools, we lose life skills we didn’t know we needed. We lose the ability to create, make and discover the techniques required to make something unique; make mistakes and realise new methods and ideas; practice fine motor skills and dexterity needed for sewing up a wound or working with fine tools; applications of maths and science to develop new fibres and fabrics to support sports, medicine and space; the patience and persistence to follow a project through to an end product; an undeniable aid to supporting mental health; understanding climate change and the circular economy; the need to reduce the amount of textiles going to landfill (300,000 tonnes per year in the UK), by becoming more confident in repair, recycle and reuse of clothing and textile items… We can’t lose textiles in our education system.”

Unravelling the Fabric of Textiles Education – Where Next? presents a roadmap for revitalizing textiles education, ensuring its continued relevance and prominence in the UK educational landscape.

The Textiles Skills Centre would like to thank the All Saints Educational Trust for the educational grant to undertake this work.

For media inquiries, please contact:

Dawn Foxall, Founder, Textiles Skills Centre info@textileskillscentre.com

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STUDENT ARTIST COMPETITION 2024 RESULTS!!

STUDENT TEXTILE ARTIST 2024 COMPETITION

STUDENT TEXTILE ARTIST 2024 COMPETITION


 

The Textile Skills Centre, student competition is back and this year we have 2 sponsors, as well as the coveted Textiles Skills Centre Trophies!

The competition is in 2 categories: KS4 & KS5 and after the closing date, 10 from each category are selected to go forward to the final judging panel.
The panel of Judges include industry experts who will select winners from the 10 finalists in each category.

SPONSORS:

Janome UK & Ireland logo

JANOME UK & IRELAND Sewing Machines, who have kindly given a sewing machine for each of the 2 winners.

 

AND

DRYD Education logo

 

DRYAD EDUCATION (formerly Specialist Crafts/Heart Education) Who are giving a £50 voucher to the 2 winners teachers and a goody bag to the first 3 places in each category.

 

Each winner will also get a TEXTILES SKILLS CENTRE TROPHY and each school will get a free online TSC course.


 

ENTRIES CLOSE ON 30 APRIL 2024. 
PLEASE DOWNLOAD A POSTER FOR YOUR SCHOOL AND ENTRY FORMS.

MORE INFO


 

Teacher comment from last years competition:

 ‘this was an excellent extension and enrichment opportunity for our young people and we really appreciate your support, especially after the last few years.’


 

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REBEL: 30 Years of London Fashion

REBEL: 30 Years of London Fashion

REBEL: 30 Years of London Fashion  @   The Design Museum London.

(October 2023)

DESIGN MUSEUM: REBEL EXHIBITION:    INFO HERE

The Textile Skills Centre team are on tour again and before we did our workshops @the Knitting & Stitching show, we took time out to visit the Design Museum for the REBEL exhibition.
 

DISPLAY AT REBEL EXHIBITION 2023
 
 
 
 
 

 


WOW! this was so interesting, whether you are going for a history lesson, a trip down memory lane or just to be inspired, there’s lots to see, not just the iconic garments, but accessories and illustrations and films.

 
As you walk through the exhibition there is so much to learn, about the start of upcycling, innovation in design the origins of digital printing and lots of political statements and well as why British design has a global reputation.

 
 

 

“This landmark exhibition is one of the most wide-ranging surveys of contemporary fashion culture ever staged in the UK, offering an unprecedented look at how careers in fashion are forged, and the multitude of opportunities London’s fashion scene offers young creatives.”
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 


The exhibition celebrates the 30th anniversary of the BFC’s NEWGEN programme. NEWGEN supports emerging fashion designers in the aim to build brands of the future. They support by providing emerging designers with mentoring, financial grants and recognition in an increasingly competitive industry.

 

 
 
 
“The show will feature nearly 100 innovative fashion looks from ground-breaking debut and early collections, many of which have entered pop-culture history — and launched global design careers.”

 


 

 

 


 

 

 

“Highlights include the swan dress controversially worn by Björk at the 2001 Oscars, Harry Styles’ Steven Stokey Daley outfit from his video for ‘Golden’, and Sam Smith’s inflatable latex suit by HARRI from this year’s BRIT Awards. Collections and work by JW Anderson, Wales Bonner, Erdem, Molly Goddard, Christopher Kane, Simone Rocha, Russell Sage, and many more will also be featured.”
 

 

The exhibition is open until the 11th February 2024
 

 


 

 
 
REBEL EXHIBITION - Designer Alexander McQueen
 
What We Are Watching….

What We Are Watching….

Rachel Addy has been checking out what we have been watching this month – here’s her reviews:

On Netflix, Amazon, BBC and Disney Plus this month, there have been a number of fantastic films, documentaries and series. Listed below are a few of our suggestions for you to set for student viewing:

 

NUMBER 1: The First Monday in May
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The most exciting annual event in the fashion world, the Met Gala, was themed on China in 2015, and this video explores what happened behind the scenes.
The Met Gala’s combination of high fashion and celebrities is captured on film by Andrew Rossi. The film explores the controversy over whether fashion could be considered art and stars a cast of famous designers including filmmaker Wong Kar Wai, fashion designers Karl Lagerfeld, Jean Paul Gaultier, and John Galliano, as well as an array of current pop idols like Rihanna.
Duration: 1 Hour 30 Mins
Our Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
#metgala #alexandermcqueen #hautecouture #bespoke #fashionisart

 

NUMBER 2: Tales from the Royal Wardrobe

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Few people in the modern world are as well-dressed as the royal family, but this is not a modern-day, magazine-inspired fixation. It has always been this way, as Dr. Lucy Worsley reveals.
Lucy demonstrates this isn’t only a public interest, but also our monarchs’, by examining the royal costumes of our kings and queens throughout the past 400 years.
Duration: 54 Mins
Our Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
#royalfashion #kingsandqueens #fashionthroughtheages #crafted
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