A selection of five exceptional textile designers, featuring a few of our recent creative discoveries and some names we have admired for many years. From innovative weaving techniques to striking colours and eye-catching patterns, each of these textile designers inspires us for a different reason.
1. Rugs by GUR
Photo credits: Rugs by GUR (including textiles designed by Daniel Clarke (in featured image), Nicolas Burrows, Sebastião Rodrigues and Atelier Bingo)
Stumbled upon when browsing through the website of Daniel Clarke, an illustrator and print designer we will be working with soon, Rugs by GUR works in a similar way to Syndicut – emphasising the importance of collaboration with emerging design talent.
GUR offers a platform for designers to translate their creative practice into beautiful artisan rugs, fusing authentic weaving processes with a sense of fun and informality. The colourful rugs are created using raw ‘tirela’ woven using a traditional handloom, and each is limited to an edition of fifty.
2. Amelia Graham
Photo credits: Amelia Graham
Textile and interior designer Amelia Graham’s practice captured our attention with bold, exciting prints on lush fabrics. Graham also recently set up luxury textiles label, EvA, with embroiderer Ellie MacDonald where they offer a bespoke commissioning service.
Amelia Graham’s work appears to be influenced by a range of sources, from natural and tribal forms to more structured geometric patterns, architectural in their composition. Her prints feature motifs created using a variety of processes, including photography, mark-making and playful digital experimentation, which she later prints onto silk. Here at Syndicut we love the energy and movement in Graham’s prints and her lively, uninhibited colour palettes.
Photo credits: Flock (including textiles designed by Sunny Todd (in featured image), Rachel Parker, Lucy Rainbow, Gyeongmi Shin and Angela Johnston)
Flock also shares our ethos of collaboration, working with recent graduate designers to craft a stunning collection of fabrics and soft furnishings. This collaborative approach to design has resulted in producing a broad range of textiles that reflects the diversity of those involved.
We especially love Flock’s vibrant, geometric patterns and intricate linear designs, printed onto high quality linen and velvet here in the UK, either digitally or screen-printed by hand.
4. Laura Adburgham
Photo credits: Laura Adburgham
Laura Adburgham handweaves sumptuous textiles from her London studio at Cockpit Arts. Each luxuriously soft scarf requires great care and attention to detail to create, and can take days to complete depending on its design and the hand-dyed yarns used, but the exquisite end result is well worth the lengthy process.
Adburgham finds inspiration in nature, abstracting its structures, intricacies and detailed patterns to produce her textile designs in subtle, sophisticated colour palettes. Each item is a wearable work of art and available to buy online through Adburgham’s website, and at the multi-disciplinary arts space, Contemporary Applied Arts, where she is a member.
5. Rhianna Ellington
Photo credits: Rhianna Ellington
Leeds College of Art graduate Rhianna Ellington’s textile design practice is influenced largely by her interest in botany and plant life. Ellington’s prints combine digitally manipulated photographs of natural forms with summery, pastel colour schemes offset by flashes of vibrant, more saturated hues.
Ellington has worked with a wide range of brands, spanning from the fashion industry, including collaborations with The White Pepper and Kuccia, to designing for restaurant chain, All Bar One, where Ellington used her fresh florals to bring their menus a modern twist. At Syndicut, we are drawn to Rhianna Ellington’s prints due to their warm, exotic feel and can’t wait to see what future projects she will be working on.